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Most every year July 9th is a cause for celebration in Anchorage. Large crowds gather at Alaska Family & Child, the oldest non-profit in the state, which started as the Jesse Lee Home for Children. The governor usually speaks about a 13-year-old boy named Benny Benson designing Alaska’s state flag. Families enjoy bar-be-que dinner, lawn games, live music, and celebrate the simple flag of the last frontier – the only state flag in America designed...

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“Their’s [our ancestors’] was the task … to uprear … a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; ‘tis ours … to transmit these … to the latest generation…” “At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? … If it ever reaches us, it must spring up amongst us … If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must...

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With statues and monuments to the Founding Fathers being toppled and desecrated by maddened mobs across the nation, it is important to recall the incredible talent and courage these men exhibited in issuing the Declaration of Independence 244 years ago this Saturday. They were not perfect men – none are – but they set forth a vision that would ultimately transform the world. Alaskans would do well to join Americans around the nation in specifically commemorating...

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What is about to unfold at the Anchorage Assembly is one of the most brazen assaults on parental rights in the history of Alaska. The three openly gay members of the Assembly have introduced an ordinance that would ban parents from being able to secure any type of counseling for children that tries to address unwanted same-sex desires or gender confusion. Assembly members Christopher Constant, Felix Rivera and Austin Quinn-Davidson do not believe that parents...

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Police officers in Alaska and around the country have been under close scrutiny over the past few weeks. The death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis has stirred outrage across the nation. This isn’t the first time a black man has suffered unjustly at the hands of law enforcement, and it is our hope that former Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. With that said, many responses to...

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Over the past few weeks, a small but vocal group of Alaskans have jumped on the monument toppling bandwagon. A few online petitions are calling for the removal of statues in Juneau and Anchorage which celebrate William Seward and Captain James Cook – both of whom left a monumental mark on Alaska. Around the country, angry mobs are pulling down or defacing statues of Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, past presidents and the Founding Fathers. The...

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Last Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the language in the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 bans discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation. The Bostock v. Clayton County decision has caused considerable uproar among social conservatives because the majority opinion was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee. Justice Gorsuch was expected to side with conservative views of constitutional and statutory interpretation, a position hoped for by...

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The City and Borough of Juneau will get an earful during a listening session on racism, policing and myriad other social justice issues tonight. The June 17 online meeting begins at 7 p.m. and will include senior police staff and elected officials from the Juneau Assembly and School Board. The meeting comes on the heels of a Black Lives Matter protest march earlier this month in Juneau. There’s no reason this meeting should be commandeered...

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Properly understanding constitutions and charters is not hard. They are kept simple because the people ought to be able to comprehend them and, at least in a virtuous culture, sound the alarm if and when they might be violated. The trouble is we have permitted the prostitution of our constitutions because we have bought into the lie that “The constitution means whatever the courts say it means.” In the absence of a Natural Law arbiter,...

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Something very disturbing is unfolding the wake of George Floyd’s death. Protest marches demanding justice broke out across the nation – an understandable response when an unarmed man is degraded as he suffers and dies in the street. But this righteous indignation has been harnessed by opportunistic political activists for purposes that have little to do with racial justice for blacks. Hardened abortion activists, radical gay rights groups and anti-capital socialists are trying to co-opt...