Alaska must embrace tribal sovereignty: Sovereignty must exist in practice, not...

Alaska has struggled to improve its relationship with Alaska Natives for a long time now. Since the inception of the state, admission of the...

People Mover 101: How to make the most of your free...

The University of Alaska Anchorage has provided free bus passes to anyone with an active Wolfcard for over 20 years. As long as you...

Standardized admissions tests are the quiet killer of college affordability

For over a decade now, a debate about college affordability has been erupting across the nation. As of right now, over $1.5 trillion dollars...

Thanos did nothing wrong

Villains in the Marvel Universe —  particularly the movies — tend to have one thing in common: they all want to destroy the world....

To beat automation, education must emphasize oracy

If you were to take a survey of the American public and ask them what the most important job skill is, they’d probably prioritize...

Letter from the Editor: TNL staff wins 11 state awards

Every year the Alaska Press Club awards state media for their journalistic efforts in everything from business reporting to best illustration. Every year, UAA...

Analysis: Is the chancellor hanging off a glass cliff?

Most people have heard of the glass ceiling; it’s the concept that women are seldom offered or elected to senior level positions. Chancellor Cathy...

Open Pebble Mine

North America’s largest undeveloped gold and copper mine is right in our backyard. Located 230 river miles from Bristol Bay and just north of...

We should rethink tipping

Going out to restaurants and bars has become a bit of a painful experience for me. For years, a night out with my friends...

Abolish the sex offender registry

It’s not easy to come to the defense of nonviolent sex offenders. Any lawmaker that considers reforming the excessively-punitive registry will start out on...

Closing the School of Education is the right thing to do

It’s not the fun thing to do. The School of Education is such a significant and integral part of UAA that dissolving it feels...

Decriminalize personal drug use

The War on Drugs is an easy punching bag. It has been nearly half a century since President Nixon declared the crackdown, and there’s...

Letter from the Chancellor: Looking forward

Some memories stick with you. For me, one of those memories begins as I’m sitting in an airplane taking off from Ted Stevens International...

The pro-choice movement is losing the abortion debate

If there’s one reason why people hate engaging in debates with one another, it’s because nobody ever feels understood. As American politics becomes poisoned...

Let’s talk about climate change optimism

Policy discussions about climate change are usually just as toxic as the environment. Two partisan camps have fortified, one ringing the alarm about impending...

Whistleblowers need protection

It’s all over for Julian Assange. The founder and director of Wikileaks, a non-profit organization that publishes secret information, was arrested in London on...

We need Tulsi Gabbard’s foreign policy

There has been a strange shakeup in how partisan Americans view militarism in foreign policy. It used to be the case that Republicans would...

UAA must commit to free speech

We like to think of a university as a marketplace of ideas. Students engage instructors, as well as each other, in facilitating a massive...

To win back the Oval Office, Democrats must dream big

It’s hard to pick one particular reason why the Democrats lost the 2016 election. Among them was the perception that Hillary Clinton was irredeemably...

Boeing is too cozy with the government

The crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10 is revitalizing scrutiny against the Boeing Company. Deservedly so, since this latest tragedy follows...

UPD Chief’s Corner: March Edition

Welcome to the March edition of Chief’s Corner. First, I would like to welcome you all back from spring break. I am pleased to report...

Quit breeding pedigree dogs

It doesn’t take much to convince reasonable people that human inbreeding is bad. The physical abnormalities and high infant mortality rates that are attributed...

Seward’s Folly paid off

Alaskans observed Seward’s Day on March 25, commemorating the 1867 purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire. The $7.2 million price tag,...

Deregulate the taxis

The taxi industry in the United States used to epitomize the spirit of can-do entrepreneurship. In the 1920s, an immigrant could arrive in New...

Tech companies need to deal with white supremacy

It is important to distinguish between categories of terrorism. Classification helps politicians, analysts and law enforcement better understand the causes and methods of terrorist...

The Electoral College is messy and undemocratic — let’s abolish it

In the 2016 presidential election, the candidate that won the presidency won the official election but lost the popular vote by three million votes....

Alaska’s non-discrimination law needs an update

Civil rights are not matters of public opinion, but of principle. Our state has a historic relationship with civil rights. Well before Rosa Parks was...

End the Seawolf Catering monopoly

Wherever a monopoly exists, the variety of choice and quality of service are diminished. Authoritative bodies, such as the government, can be manipulated into...

Letter from the Chancellor: Alaska spirit is alive during the Iditarod

The other week, I stood with many other Alaskans and guests from around the world to witness the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail...

Taxation as theft

The position that taxation is a form of theft has floated around libertarian and anarchist circles of thought for quite some time. The reasoning...