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Landfills and parking lots across Alaska are already filling up with discarded Christmas trees despite the fact that the festive season is only three days old. A Dec. 27 notice from city officials in Juneau invited residents to “bring your Christmas tree to the landfill for free.” Castaway evergreens pile up in cities and towns each year just days after Dec. 25. It wasn’t always this way. There’s no reason to stop partying just because...

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Two recent reports suggest that a growing number of Alaskan couples are less willing to raise human children but are enthusiastic about so-called pet parenting their “furry friends.” In terms of percentage, children (ages 0-19 years old) have dropped from 34% of Alaska’s overall population in 1994 to just 28% in 2018. In fact, there were 1,400 fewer Alaskan children in 2018 compared to 1994 despite a population growth of nearly 133,000 Alaskans. PRIORITIZING ‘FURRY...

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The number of marriages, babies and children are plummeting across Alaska according to the state’s Vital Statistics report released on Dec. 6. The annual publication contains key information about life, death, marriage, separations, declining birth rates and the notable loss of school-age children. Some highlights from the 2018 figures are listed below. POPULATION FACTS Alaska’s population grew to 736,239 in 2018, compared to 697,828 in 2009. Demographically the state breaks down to 68.9% white (507,304),...

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Are you looking forward to sitting down with family members this year in our ever more polarized political climate? What will you do when your brother brings up that topic? Are you the type to quickly change the subject and pull out a Christmas movie so nobody has to talk, or do your ears get red as you craft the perfect comeback to put that family member in his or her place? Families are complicated...

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Last month U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at the University of Notre Dame Law School, sharing his thoughts about religious liberty in present-day America. Among the many striking statements in Barr’s speech were the following: religious liberty is “a right towards men,” but “a duty towards the Creator,” and a “duty … precedent both in order of time and degree of obligation, to the claims of civil society.” Also, “We have no government armed...

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Roughly 50 pro-life advocates braved cool fall temperatures outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Anchorage on Sept. 25 for the start of a 40-day campaign of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion in Alaska. The event was one of more than 500 happening around the world during the annual 40-Days for Life campaign, which occurs each spring and fall. Gathered with others along the heavily trafficked Lake Otis Blvd., one Anchorage woman...

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The following is a brief roundup of news and events that Alaskans can use to make a positive difference in family, business and cultural life.   PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR PRO-LIFE VIGIL AT SOLDOTNA ABORTION CLINIC The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life is underway in Soldotna where pro-life advocates are peacefully praying outside the Planned Parenthood clinic there. The vigil runs until Nov. 6 in Soldotna, slightly more than 40 days because the local...

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Proponents of doctor-prescribed suicide — or assisted suicide — have so far failed to bring the deadly practice to Alaska. But crucial battles lie ahead. And Alaska’s isolated disabled, elderly and poor — the biggest targets for an inexpensive “final solution” — are most at risk. Doctor-prescribed suicide is the practice in which doctors distribute lethal drugs to patients for the purpose of suicide. Patients receive a powerful barbiturate like secobarbital — a drug used...

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Legislation is in the works to protect Alaska’s adoption agencies and child welfare providers from discrimination for declining to provide services that conflict with the provider’s deeply held moral or religious beliefs. In a letter to supporters earlier this year, Alaska Family Action President Jim Minnery said his non-profit Christian public policy organization aims to advocate for such a law in the next session of the Alaska Legislature, which begins in January. The planned Alaska...

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