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...

Open a pub on campus

UAA often struggles to create a sense of campus culture. For most students, there usually isn’t a good reason to stay late on campus...

Stop asking about the cost of climate change

Politicians love to wax poetic about fiscal responsibility. Our own governor is cutting back on major social services and education funding to close our...

Alaska’s fiscal future will require taxation

Nobody likes taxes. I suspect those reading this don’t like being told they should have them. But if we’ve learned anything since the fiscal...

UAA Model UN should compete abroad

Ben Edwards is a member of the UAA Model UN Secretariat. UAA has been proud to host the Model United Nations of Alaska since 1993....

Anti-vax parents deserve to be punished

As of right now, more than 270 people across the U.S. have been affected by a massive measles outbreak. States like Washington are bearing...

Dunleavy’s budget proposal is a crisis in education

Those who have been paying attention to Gov. Dunleavy’s record on education knew his budget proposal would be rough. I’ve written quite critically about...

UA budget falls victim to superficial democracy

Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed his FY20 budget to the public on Feb. 13. Amidst the roughly $1.6 billion in cuts is a proposed reduction...

Make peace with Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran celebrated its 40th anniversary on Feb. 11. It was then, in 1979, that the country’s fate was yielded to...

Letter to the Editor: What you can do about the budget...

By Morgan Wilhelm On Feb. 13, Gov. Mike Dunleavy released his budget proposal for 2020. This included a 40 percent budget cut for the UA...

Bring back Caliente

These days, it seems like UAA is in no shortage of controversy. The School of Education crisis continues to unfold. Gov. Dunleavy’s budget is...

Chief’s Corner: February Edition

Welcome to the February Chief’s Corner. First, I would like to thank you all for the positive feedback on last month’s column. A lot has...

Letter from the Chancellor: A response to the listening session

From the moment I learned that the programs for initial licensure within the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Education did not meet accreditation...

Everyone Deserves a Home

From graduate student Mariah Seater, Young Alaskans for Anti-Poverty Initiatives (YAAPI). Thousands of low-income working families in Alaska struggle because of our affordable housing...

Kids have rights

It seems like an undisputed matter of fact. The average parent would confidently proclaim that they exercise nothing but total respect for their children's...

Consider polyamory

People still seem to be suspicious of non-monogamous relationships. Despite evidence that more couples from diverse demographics are trying it, the majority of the...

Tear down Anchorage’s malls

Anchorage’s malls are dying. Let’s put them to good use. If you’ve been to the Dimond Mall lately, you’ve probably noticed things look a...

Bulldoze the cemeteries

Imagine that you are an alien visiting Earth. You are to identify facts about human civilization and submit a report to your homeworld. You...

Self-exile for Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela is volatile. The oil-rich country has experienced instability for years under the inept leadership of President Nicolás Maduro, but everything escalated on Jan....

Sorry, there is no ‘coup’ in Venezuela

Once again, President Trump’s administration has made a controversial foreign policy decision. On Jan. 23, Trump recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the...