We all have a life to lead, and part of that life is fulfilling our civic duty. Voting in elections, serving on juries, and other activities that we participate in are part of what makes for a good society.

Some supporters of Hillary Clinton are taking out their frustrations in a vigorous campaign to, as they say, “Abolish the Electoral College.” Their mantra is that since Clinton had a larger share of the popular vote than Donald Trump, she effectively won the election. Democrat Senator Barbar…

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that the State of Alaska is in a fiscal crisis. State expenditures have been cut, and other revenue sources have been explored. Unfortunately, our elected leaders have failed to come up with a long-term plan to address the state’s fiscal woes.

As a student, and a lifelong community member of Delta Junction, I have been hearing endless amounts of grumbling about the proposed four-day school week. Both positive and negative. It has become difficult for me to even formulate my own opinion because whenever I voice my opinion it gets s…

Some supporters of Hillary Clinton are taking out their frustrations in a vigorous campaign to, as they say, “Abolish the Electoral College.” Their mantra is that since Clinton had a larger share of the popular vote than Donald Trump, she effectively won the election. Democrat Senator Barbar…

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that the State of Alaska is in a fiscal crisis. State expenditures have been cut, and other revenue sources have been explored. Unfortunately, our elected leaders have failed to come up with a long-term plan to address the state’s fiscal woes.

Tuesday night the Delta Junction City Council decided to adopt Robert’s Rules of Order for the conduct of their meetings. Something that is long overdue, but does it matter what rules of order they have?

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has spent millions of dollars upgrading the Richardson Highway. For those of us in Delta who travel to Fairbanks, the elimination of an at-grade crossings has been a huge benefit – not just the railroad crossings, b…

Earlier this week, the Delta/Greely School Board voted to expel a student from the school district. The action brings a question to my mind – what happened at the school to result in an expulsion? Expulsions are not common events.

Last week we saw what should be the beginning of closure to one of the most significant events that has happened in our community in many years – the conviction of Vasilyi Malyk on an arson charge for burning of the Clearwater Lodge and a home in the community.

Last week, I sent a letter to the Legislative Budget & Audit (LB&A) Committee, giving members the required 45-day notice of my intention to accept additional federal and Mental Health Trust Fund Authority funds to expand Medicaid. Before signing the letter, I met with the LB&A ch…

While the Pogo Mine operates quietly in the hills, a two-hour drive from Delta Junction, Sumitomo Metal Mining Pogo LLC clearly recognizes our responsibilities to Alaska’s interior. The company’s commitment doesn’t end with operating in an environmentally responsible manner and providing hun…

I’ve seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system.

I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine, I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. They’re not what you might think, however.

How do we define America? Is it the land of the free, home of the brave? That characterization has been used so much it’s wore our thoughts thin to the point of complacency. If one could really bask in the meaning, they’d understand this great land is beyond definition or words. In brief, Am…

As a student of government, I have always found the structure of local government in Alaska to be very interesting. The concept of an “unorganized” borough is intriguing. I believe the use of the term “unorganized” was inappropriate and creates confusion about what the Unorganized Borough is.

This week I heard of a place that always greeted people with, "Have a blessed day." I have heard that addressed to me, and I have said it back many times. On the surface, this looks like a very wonderful, encouraging, and positive thing to do, and I am all for it. I want everybody to have a …

Last week’s executive session by the Delta Junction City Council is a little confusing. The Council moved to go into executive session, citing Alaska Statute 44.62.310(c)(1), “matters, the immediate knowledge of which would clearly have an adverse effect upon the finances of the public entity.”

With the 114th Congress just underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care Act – there’s a long list of issues and one burning question: whether a Republican Congress and a Democratic Presiden…

In the State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my d…

Christmas isn’t about mistletoe, roasting chestnuts, or some fat guy sliding down the chimney. It's more like “Peace on earth; goodwill toward man.” It’s the birth of

During this time of year, I make it a practice to stay away from the kitchen area as much as possible. This past week, I do not know what I was thinking, but I went into the kitchen to pour myself a cup of coffee.

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