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Recent protests in Alaska and around the nation have taken rhetorical aim at local police departments. In some cases, protesters are calling for mayors and governors to defund entire police forces and use the savings to hire social workers, mental health providers and fund homeless outreaches. This demand, fueled by the tragic death of George Floyd last month, came up at a recent rally in downtown Anchorage, while Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was addressing a large...

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Just hours after repeatedly warning Anchorage to social distance and avoid large gatherings, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz disregarded his months-long mantra and joined a massive Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Anchorage on June 5. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity with more than a thousand protesters, Berkowitz strode to forefront, brushed past another speaker, removed his facemask and shouted into the communal microphone. “I look out and I see a crowd full of revolutionaries and it makes...

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It looks like the left has started a revolution, backed by the Soros-funded terrorist group ANTIFA which is co-opting some of the protests by Black Lives Matter and inciting violence. In some instances weapons have been delivered by hand. Here’s a link to a story of a heroic black woman chastising white people packed into a Mercedes and handing out bricks to black kids. One particularly disturbing event involved rioters setting a building on fire that...

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The first line of attack for those who wish to keep us inside a Control Cocoon is to use social pressure. This is much better than coercive government pressure. While I meet few bureaucrats, I meet my friends and neighbors every day. We like them, they like us. I wouldn’t spit in their face nor they in mine. With that in mind, I don’t use the term “conspiracy theory” when I want to think for...

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You may have seen a recent interview with Alan Dershowitz – a Harvard Law School emeritus professor – stating that government has the right to forcibly vaccinate citizens in order to stop the spread of a disease and protect public safety. This, he claims, is presumably permissible by the 10th Amendment. “Let me put it very clearly, you have no constitutional right to endanger the public and spread the disease, even if you disagree. You...

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Based on his comments at the May 19 Anchorage Assembly meeting, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz seems determined to keep his health orders in place for churches, businesses and other sectors of the economy. This comes despite the fact that Gov. Mike Dunleavy is lifting nearly all statewide mandates on May 22. While he may not be interested in opening the city for widespread business, the mayor did have an idea on how to give residents a...

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As a boy I enjoyed a good hoax. The best one involved thawing out frozen game fish we had kept from a northwoods vacation, putting them on a stringer and then going down to our muddy, carp-infested prairie lake, sitting on the dock and announcing, “Boy are they hitting today!” Yes, many “took the bait” and the laugh belonged silently to our family, greatly enhanced by parental approval. A Bigfoot hoax, usually involving large footprints,...

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Editor’s note: The following testimony was delivered on May 6 to the Mat-Su Borough School Board during its deliberation on whether to rescind its April 22 vote to remove five controversial books from a list of recommended reading for an elective high school literature class. It is reprinted with permission. Hello. My name is Carol Carman and I live in Mat-Su Borough, District 6. I am a retired Alaskan teacher, parent, grandparent and 66-year Alaskan...

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The Alaska Judicial Council – a small but powerful group that controls placement of all judges in Alaska – says it wants to hear from rank and file Alaskans regarding the suitability of 22 judges up for retention this year. After hearing from Alaskans and soliciting feedback from lawyers and court workers the council will give its recommendations on whether you should keep or oust certain justices on Nov. 3. Conservatives have long complained it’s...

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Editor’s note: The following testimony was delivered on May 6 to the Mat-Su Borough School Board during its deliberation on whether to rescind its April 22 vote to remove five controversial books from a list of recommended reading for an elective high school literature class. It is reprinted with permission. Hello. My name is Carol Carman and I live in Mat-Su Borough, District 6. I am a retired Alaskan teacher, parent, grandparent and 66-year Alaskan...