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 Opinion    June 25, 2015 

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In his 1989 book “The Lost Continent,” writer and social observer Bill Bryson goes looking for small-town America. His grim findings included Winf...

 
 Opinion    June 11, 2015

Editorial

Citizens have raised legitimate questions about how matters sent to the Haines Borough Assembly sometimes don’t get placed on meeting agendas. Borou...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    May 14, 2015

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It was a fitting coincidence that the Haines School Board approved pursuing an agreement for housing the Chilkat Valley Preschool on the same day...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 30, 2015

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I am borrowing an idea from my friend Heather Lende by “finding the good” in the Alaska Legislature’s recent decision to eliminate funding for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 16, 2015

Editorial

Working on the Haines Visitor’s Guide this week made us think of using the town’s marketing slogan, “Adventure Capital of Alaska.” Including...

 
 Opinion    April 9, 2015

Editorial

Hiring a lobbyist to work the Alaska Legislature would amount to adding yet another high-level position at the Haines Borough at a time when the...

 
 Opinion    April 9, 2015

Editorial

It’s a disservice to taxpayers that spending details previously included in the Haines Borough budget have been left out this year. The budget is...

 
 Opinion    April 2, 2015

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Concerns about the Small Boat Harbor expansion project reflect serious flaws in the Haines Borough’s public review process. This project has been...

 
 Opinion    March 26, 2015

Editorial

It’s good for the Haines Borough to mandate an application and review process for non-profits to qualify for a community service property tax...

 
 Opinion    March 12, 2015

Editorial

Why is city hall silent about budget cuts slated for Haines by the Alaska Legislature? Legislators have proposed to eliminate the Haines Division of...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Editorial

A reasonable person looking at Alaska’s budget “shortfall” might conclude that our state’s leaders – from Gov. Bill Walker on down – are...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    February 12, 2015

Editorial

What makes a town a good place to live are a thousand small acts, all of them unselfish, like shoveling your neighbor’s sidewalk or giving some...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    February 12, 2015

Editorial

News coverage of the Yukon Quest sled dog race this week rekindled memories of Haines mushers and mushing in Haines. It seems ancient history now, but...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    January 29, 2015

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Discussion of selling the Mosquito Lake School Jan. 15 veered off on a tangent about the town’s prospects, a trajectory not untypical for a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    January 8, 2015

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It appears likely the town will soon have a community and economic development director. Taxpayers may be justifiably skeptical of funding this job. T...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    December 11, 2014

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Haines Borough taxpayers should think twice before accepting the notion that they’re on the hook for rebuilding the Lutak Dock. What public service...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    December 4, 2014

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Thanks to Wayne Cowart and other church leaders who organized the community Thanksgiving celebration at Haines School. A communitywide get-together...

 
 Opinion    November 20, 2014

Editorials

Christmas lights already strung around town are a welcome sight. It’s been gray around here since June and the weatherman says we’re in for more....

 
 Opinion    October 30, 2014

Editorial

If you think voting doesn’t change anything, consider the money spent in the past few months to influence how you mark your ballot. Between the Augu...

 
 Opinion    October 16, 2014

Editorial

The Haines Borough should scrap hiring an economic development director and hire a grant writer instead. There’s been no public outcry for another d...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

Editorial

Congratulations to the winners of Tuesday’s election and thanks to all the candidates who ran. A campaign is a great opportunity to hear ideas from...

 
 Opinion    October 2, 2014

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It’s not this newspaper’s practice to tell residents how to vote, but because the Haines Borough has made only marginal efforts to promote passage...

 
 Opinion    September 25, 2014

Editorial

Turnout at Saturday night’s Chilkat Valley Preschool fundraiser suggests there’s broad support for a new preschool building in Haines. So why not...

 
 Opinion    September 18, 2014

Editorial

A person learns early in life that the only real independence is financial – having your own money. That’s as true for towns as it is for people....

 
 Opinion    September 11, 2014

Editorial

There may have been a real need for an community and economic development director in Haines before Darsie Culbeck proposed the job last fall;Culbeck...

 

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