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 By Elstun Lauesen    Opinion    May 10, 2012

Holy Tsunami, Batman! We need some super-heroes

The 2011 Japanese tsunami isn’t over. Not by a long shot. The dramatic events we witnessed in March 2011 didn’t end when the waters receded. In fact, when the Tsunami washed ashore in Japan, it...

 
 By Elstun Lauesen    Opinion    May 3, 2012

Beware of Pebble and Oil propaganda

Alaskans dodged the bullet of moving revenues from our treasury to the bonus checks of Big Oil’s lawyers and lobbyists this year, but you had better believe they will be back. The Alaska Oil and...

 

Join the call to end the ‘War on Women’

I was sitting in my favorite greasy spoon the other day between a couple of old-timers I know who were complaining about the phrase “War on Women.” They had seen a story on Fox News about the Apri...

 

School funding in Alaska traditionally based on principle of equitable funding

The real history of education in Alaska began with the Organic Act of 1884 which directed the Secretary of the Interior to provide for education of children in Alaska without regard to race. This...

 

A Tribute To Rod Gonzales, Alaskan Artist (1948-2012)

A few of years ago, I read an article in “Newsweek” that I thought interesting. The Centers for Disease Control had been noticing a rise in cases of Hepatitis C among middle-aged Americans....

 

Waiting for spring in America

The sun hangs longer in the sky. Sunrise to sunset, the time of sunlight now dominates the pie graph in my ‘daylight’ app on my iPhone. We Alaskans feel the undeniable stirrings of light and...

 

Rest In Peace, Encyclopedia Britannica

After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica will cease publication. When I learned this, I decided to scrap my draft column for this paper and write a remembrance of what had become the gold standard...

 

Oil industry works to fool us again

The oil industry and its partners over at Alaska Oil and Gas Association have pulled a fast one on us. I have always appreciated Big Oil’s cleverness but they have outdone themselves by talking us y...

 

If human life is sacred, then all life is sacred

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley first discovered the astonishing genetic similarity between two species in the mid 1970s, when they compared proteins in humans and chimpanzees (P...

 

The Owner State and Governor Parnell’s oil tax roll-back

The Owner State and Governor Parnell’s oil tax roll-back Note: This article jointly appears in the February 2012 Alaskans United newsletter On Feb. 9, the “Moore Up North” television program hos...

 

The case for restoring income tax and eliminating local property and sales taxes

Note. This Column uses FY 2006 as the base year. The Tax Foundation, a nonprofit fiscal policy research group, estimated the average taxpayer’s total state and local tax burden for 2006 in each of...

 

10 precepts for a meditation on the future of Alaska

Ring the Bells that still can ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a crack in everythingThat’s how the light gets in— Leonard Cohen, “Anthem” Alaskans seem frozen in place. After a...

 

An Alaskan culture war

There is a culture war going on. And the epicenter of that culture war is right here in Alaska. It is outrageous in its brazenness and tragic in its effect. It is political in its tactic and economic...

 

What the redistricting trial unmasked is not pretty

One of the terms we often hear lately is “agenda.” This politician has an “agenda” or that group has an “agenda.” Mostly we mere mortals are left to speculate what an “agenda” might be...

 

Meals for children held hostage by politics

Readers of my column will not be surprised to learn that I was once an aspiring evangelist. At the age of 12, along with a few other recruits from the North Pole Baptist Church’s vacation bible scho...

 

Oil myths explode

No sooner will Alaskans get the New Year’s party confetti swept up, then we will have to turn our attention to Juneau and the start of the legislative session. And just like the swallows return to...

 

2011 and Barack Obama-A prayer revealed and answered

During his first visit to Israel in July 2008 candidate Obama followed tradition and visited the Wailing Wall and placed a small piece of paper (hotel letterhead) containing a prayer into a cleft in...

 

Stories of my mother

The holiday season always reminds me of my mother who passed away before my children were born which remains one of the great regrets of my life. Our mother was a short, sturdy Ojibwa woman from Lac...

 

Small oil boom happening in Cook Inlet

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a small boom going on in Cook Inlet. Spring of 2012 will be Year 2 for the Escopeta Rig, Spartan 151. Next spring, a new rig the Adriatic XI, which is owned by...

 

Nostalgic foolishness comes by e-mail

I don’t like chain letters in general. But there is one type of chain letter that particularly gets my goat. As the years drag on, I seem to get more and more of this type of e-mail — I call it ...

 

Financial tsunami headed for Alaska

Governor Parnell must abandon his plan to cut oil revenues and give as much as $2 billion a year back to the oil companies. The failure by the so-called Congressional Super Committee to produce an...

 

Epic storm calls attention to Kivalina case

The recent “epic storm” that ripped through Northwestern Alaska underscored many things. The strength and resilience of coastal communities was demonstrated as well as the relentless power of...

 

As winter sets in snow offers life lessons

One of my earliest memories involves snow; more precisely, me falling out of a window of our house and landing into a bank of snow. I was a little over three. My folks had guests over. I was supposed...

 

Government run by people who don’t believe it works will prove them right

Søren Kierkegaard and Jonas Salk; one was a man of faith, the other was a man of science. Both cared deeply about the relationship of the individual to society. Both influenced my intellectual...

 

A Halloween meditation on seven generations and elders

Halloween is an excellent time to consider our children since so much about the holiday involves them. Things that frightened and amused us as children somehow manage to have currency with today’s...

 

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