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...

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....

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.

Affirmative action, anti-Israel protests highlight importance of free spech

Last fall, when school administrators proposed raising tuition costs by 22 percent, there was one thing that stopped them:  student protests. After students staged...

Peace should be the most important goal

Although the United States is one of Israel’s largest allies, it seems many American’s have an extremely vague idea of what took place Sept. 23. However, this event was a life changing experience for Israeli-American Mati BeKoach and Palestinian-American Dana Balboul.

Younger generatioin should be listening carefully to Social Security debate too

Jennifer Aniston’s character on Friends, Rachel, once lamented after receiving her very first paycheck, “Who’s FICA?  Why’s he getting all of my money?”  Rachel...

It’s the infrastructure, stupid: the answer to our current economic woes

It’s the fall of 2011, and we are approaching three years since the worst of the economic collapse. Thanks to bailouts, our banks have been...

Campus commuting fails another semester

What did we learn the first week back to school? We learned that driving around UAA is downright infuriating and can turn even the...

Old enough to fight for country, old enough to have a drink

How many people reading this have ever had an illegal drink before they were 21 years old? How many have seen themselves or a friend...

Budget cuts to come from soldiers’ wallets

We were warned two months ago that the greatest threat to our national security was our national debt by Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Today, Mullen is scrambling to find nearly one trillion dollars in cuts for the defense budget.

Hockey team deserves a home in new arena

No doubt by now most people are aware that UAA is about to get a new $109 million sports arena that will house their...

It’s the economy again, stupid

If you are looking for a presidential campaign laden with social issues and tough talk on terrorism talk, look again. The 2012 election will be based on the economy, if we’re lucky. In recent years, presidential campaigns have focused on a variety of issues, regardless of the President’s actual power over them while in office.

Renewable energy deserves aggressive pursuit

CIRI and Chugach Electric finalized a deal last week to begin construction of the Railbelt’s first commercial wind farm on Fire Island, off the...

Parnell shows favor for Palin over public interest

More nonsense out of Juneau this week. This time however, it had nothing to do with the Senate and House engaging in who-can-hold-their-breath-longer games. No, this time the shocking and disappointing behavior came straight from the governor’s office. As governor, Sean Parnell has made some bold moves this term, for better or worse. Most recently, his office announced that the long-awaited release of former Governor Sarah Palin’s emails would only be made available via one hard copy in Juneau, beginning last Friday.

The artists have not left Anchorage

The MTS Gallery is closing its doors after five years of operation. The gallery was the stomping ground of many local artists. A spot where creative minds could mingle, contemplate both art and current issues, as well as entertain. In other words, it was a community fixture, and it is now being demolished. Located in one of Anchorage’s oldest neighborhoods, the Mountain View gallery’s closing party aptly titled “The Artists Have Left the Building,” showcased that the artistic space was capable of bringing people together. MTS Gallery was not unsuccessful.

Journalists for the busy modern students

Journalism should amplify the conversations that people are already having.  At The Northern Light, that’s what we try to do. Journalists often report on what...

Americans have forgotten what it is like to demand their freedom

On Thanksgiving morning 2004, I walked through Hallandale Beach, Florida, at two in the morning. The Dixie Highway was devoid of traffic, and the...

No love allowed in daycare facilities

Over the years childcare rules and regulations have changed immensely. Some for the better, and now some are for the worse. Research shows that children who...

Americans’ right to defend not a casual privilege

Arizona is considering legislation that would further loosen gun laws in favor of the Second Amendment. Among the provisions is one that is already in place at UAA: the right for students to have a gun on campus as long as it remains locked in their vehicle. While Arizona contemplates catching up to the great state of Alaska, the real question is: are they going far enough? Having guns in locked vehicles helps, but it does not go far enough in increasing student’s safety. Anyone opposed to the open interpretation of the Second Amendment has heard the following arguments before.

Before tragedy finds you, seize the day

In the wake of a tragedy, people sometimes stop to reflect on their lives and think about the things that they could have done...

Raising age of compulsory education is unhelpful

U.S. colleges are the best in the world because they treat their students with respect. To a greater degree than high school, college centers...

Abortion legislation gains momentum nation-wide

There are few issues more combustible than abortion.  Disagreements on fiscal policy or healthcare have entirely different consequences than do disagreements on abortion.  Abortion...

Revolution gets an image update in Northeastern Africa

At least once every generation something profound happens that changes the tide of history. And by profound I mean even those of us nose...

Emotion tied to interpretation of history (corrected)

History is subjective.  Our university, like most, offers a history degree as part of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Many history professors would...

Old politics holds new generation hostage

There is this idea that America has somehow lost some of its magic. There is this idea out there, put out by both sides of...

MLK day should be passed with reverence

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream: an end to discrimination and racial equality for all Americans. The prominent activist’s famous 17-minute speech was...

Student apathy hinders campus progress

For what may very well have been the first time ever, student leaders are making serious efforts to work together for the benefit of...

Election Season is over, results are far from conclusive

Even though election season is over, the battle for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat has seemingly only just begun. After the Tuesday-night madness that is Election...

Attack campaigns not good for anyone

In the gubernatorial candidates’ final debate before the general election, Governor and Republican candidate Sean Parnell brought up a very good topic for discussion...