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The big issue in Fairbanks this week was the pornographic LGBT curriculum the Fairbanks North Star School District’s curriculum committee is trying to add to literature classes. A lot of concerned citizens showed up for the Jan. 21 School Board meeting to testify. The room was standing room only with people out the door. They then found out that the school board only allows one hour of testimony, so most didn’t get to speak, and...

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As Alaskans join Americans across the country in setting aside a day to honor the work and vision of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is important to remember that he was a pastor formed and motivated by deep Judeo-Christian beliefs. King’s first principles were not found in the material, social or political realms. His vision came from a fundamental view that God has created mankind, and that we are most at peace when we...

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Last month the superintendents of seven Alaska school districts sent Governor Mike Dunleavy, a former teacher himself, a letter declaring that “Alaska’s students are presently in a reading achievement crisis.” Reading scores are low compared to national scores, and not improving. The Anchorage School District, in its 2019 report to the community last month, revealed that only 42% of students in grades three through nine had achieved proficient or advanced scores in language arts. Previous...

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Almost 40 years ago, when beginning involvement with the prolife movement, I recalled what a national leader said: “The only way to overturn a Supreme Court decision is with a constitutional amendment.” He was a physician, not an historian nor constitutional scholar. It says reams about the ignorance of basic citizenship regarding the Constitution, and our history, that such statements could pass with unquestioned acceptance then – as it did with me – and are...

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Calling anything “political” is now akin to an outright insult. Even politicians shy away from the “political” label these days. The word, however, simply means “pertaining to public affairs.” Anything dealing with people is political. Pretending you’re not political is pretending you have no influence on public affairs. Most people who claim they aren’t political simply mean they avoid divisiveness – they don’t readily voice opinions about public policies, or they look to befriend all...

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Members of the Anchorage Assembly just released their vision and goals for 2020, one of which is to end the decades-long plight of homelessness in Alaska’s largest city. The other three goals aim at addressing quality of life, public safety and economic development, all of which seem tied to homelessness. A good starting point for addressing the hundreds of men and women who live in emergency or temporary shelters would be to turn to the...

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How extreme is Roe v. Wade? To understand we must unmask the seldom-studied companion case, Doe v. Bolton, and also examine the false narrative that abortion activists crafted to gain sympathy for their movement. When “Jane Roe,” whose real name was Norma McCorvey, converted to Christianity and the pro-life cause in 1995, she explained how she was coached into lies for this purpose. She had become pregnant as a promiscuous and bi-sexual carnival worker. But...

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I’m writing to you today because the Alaska Watchman needs more financial supporters. Our dynamic website is running smoothly with a steady stream of engaging articles, videos and columns, and our readership is expanding across the state. Since launching in September our impact is increasingly felt at school board gatherings, city council meetings and in the halls of state government. Now we must raise the level of financial support to firmly establish the Watchman as...

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In part I of this series on Roe v Wade we explored the false notion that the supreme court – on either the federal or state level – has the constitutional power to negate or cancel statutory laws that are passed by the legislature and signed into law by the executive branch. While the courts might have an opinion, the executive possesses the power of enforcement, and is not obliged, according to his own constitutional discretion,...

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Why indeed? This is a question I have asked myself time and again throughout the process of developing and launching this news agency. For years I have traveled in many overlapping political circles. I have friends who fall on polar opposite sides of virtually every social issue, but I can still have a cup of coffee with them and hope they and their families and businesses are thriving – that their health is robust. Every...

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