Archive for the ‘Editorial’ Category

Why Juneteenth is more than just a barbecue

Collard greens, barbecued chicken, peach cobbler — combine these soul foods and some blues or jazz music with a large group of people, and you’ve got a Juneteenth festival. For several years, UAA and Anchorage have hosted multiple Juneteenth celebrations the week of June 19, and after listening to live music and eating more food […]


Obama’s support of same-sex marriage won’t hurt him

It has been roughly three weeks since President Barack Obama has publicly voiced his support of gay marriage, and both critics and supporters of his stance are still debating whether or not the announcement will ultimately help or hurt his reelection campaign. Given the recent announcement by the NAACP, the general ineffectiveness of One Million […]

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The never-ending story of graduation

Dear departing seniors, as the semester draws to a close, so does the year — congratulations, you have done it!
For many of you, the last few years have been the most different and difficult from anything you have ever known.


Editorial – Removal of the Rec Department, oh my!

UAA may be making a small, but resounding, mistake. On April 6, the decision came to cut the UAA Housing Recreation & Activities program from the university. The reason, according to Business Services Director Bob McDonnell, centered on budgetary concerns that there wasn’t enough revenue to keep the rec program afloat. There wasn’t enough revenue […]


Samantha Koenig: a tragic wake-up call

It seemed like a scene out of a movie: a pretty young woman working late, alone and probably without a care in the world — until out of nowhere a man takes her by gunpoint to an unknown location, probably never to be seen again.


Martin, Zimmerman and the media machine

The racist shot the drug dealer.

If mass media is to be taken at its word, George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin assume different roles each day in the revolving door of a story being broadcast on every news outlet available for the past month.


‘Yes’ on 5 is a safe and necessary vote

The editorial this week discusses One Anchorage’s Proposition 5, equal rights for gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, which will take place on the April 3 municipal ballot, and why the general population should vote in favor of it.


APD does not help in undercover bar slings

It’s been nearly a month since Anchorage police began searching bars for people who were a bit too drunk, aka the “drunk plus.” Through Alaska statue 04.16.040 Access of Drunken Persons to Licensed Premises, police enter bars in plainclothes and identify those they believe are intoxicated, eventually charging them with drunkenness on a licensed premise.


The controversial, non-existent holiday tree

In recent weeks, we’ve been going down the line of states to see which will dare to call their amply decorated and brightly lit spruce trees Christmas trees or holiday trees. In Rhode Island, it’s a holiday tree, though calling it so cause much grief for Gov. Chafee.

Moral ambiguity explains why we won’t intervene on another’s behalf

The Penn State investigation has led most to question not only how someone could commit such acts, but also how other people could fail to stop them from happening.  If asked, most Americans would say they would’ve intervened if they had seen what assistant coach Mike McQueary says he saw happening in a shower between […]


Balancing our industry and our animals

These days mankind seems to lose sight of the future and only think of ways to make a quick buck. Instead of that limited approach, we should be focusing on the longevity of our planet and how we’re going to keep our grandchildren fed.

Qaddafi’s death shines light on Obama’s foreign policy

After last week’s news of Libyan Dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi’s death, people struggled to find meaning in Colonel’s demise.  Besides the question of what comes next, there are really two observations that come forward for Americans.  The first is that President Obama has gained serious bona fides in the world of foreign policy during his three […]

Incentives, not investments

The Federal Government’s recently failed bet on the future success of solar panel start-up Solyndra wasted roughly half a billion dollars of taxpayer money. An important impact of the Solyndra failure is that it has given added weight to critics of any government attempt to steer the private sector toward fewer emissions and more green […]


Occupy Wall Street needs to capitalize on the moment with specific action

It’s the Tea Party with fewer wrinkles.

Yes, that’s how you might characterize the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement spreading across the country. Undoubtedly, the two groups share similarities.

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