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 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Alaskans need to hear real facts about budget

Could anything be more difficult than getting the Alaska Legislature to settle on a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state? Yes....

 

A fond farewell to the Henderson Garden Group

The Henderson Garden Group (HGG) originated when advancing age made it impossible for Bob Henderson to continue his garden without help. In 2009 he...

 

PFD does not belong in the constitution

Editorial from this week’s Wrangell Sentinel Alaskans have taken a collective leap over the embankment of common sense. We didn’t merely leave...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 8, 2021

Governor is wrong to call legal help for domestic violence victims a subsidy

The governor’s office got it wrong when it referred to $400,000 in state funding for the Alaska Legal Services Corp. as a subsidy. Guess they had...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 24, 2021

Alaska elections will be different this year

Yeah, I know, it’s 14 months from Alaska’s 2022 primary election for governor, legislative seats and two of the state’s three members of...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 17, 2021

No secret that governor's math fails

Gov. Mike Dunleavy must have learned how to manage state finances from the same people who guard the world’s biggest secret recipes: Col....

 

Neighbor's complaints distract from Haines living

Dear Abby, Why do some neighbors insist on whining like indulged, petulant children, running to the Borough with complaints, wasting everyone’s...

 

Remembering Harold Beck

One learns grace when unjustly accused, and, in defending their dignity, loses their place and must pull at whatever scraps are offered to rebuild a l...

 

Haines Sheldon Museum in Jeopardy

I am confused. Once again I have read an odd article about the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. (Museum) in the paper concerning the sale of...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Changes to ferry system advisory board await governor's decision

Not a single legislator voted against the bill to reconfigure the public advisory board for the Alaska Marine Highway System, taking away from...

 
 By Sentinel Staff    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Lawmakers pass low number of bills

While the Alaska Legislature continues to work in special session this week on the state budget and deciding the amount of this year’s Permanent...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Legislators struggling to decide state budget, dividend

Alaska legislators are in the second week of a special session to finish work on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts in just five weeks,...

 

Constantine's Palmer Project: On Track with Facts

Constantine is committed to engaging with local communities and keeping communication open as the Palmer Project advances. With the ongoing COVID-19...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 20, 2021

State sending out rental relief payments

As of this week, almost half of the 110 Haines applications for financial help with rent and utilities had been approved or were pending a final...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 20, 2021

Governor's PFD plan teaches misleading math

To steal the line from a country-western song of almost 30 years ago — “Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it” — Gov. Mike Dunleavy...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Follow the laws, but fix them when they don't work

Consistency is a good thing, whether it’s parents applying rules to their children or elected officials following the law. Inconsistency can mean...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    May 6, 2021

When did gun safety debates go off the rails?

A historical perspective might help inform the conversation we’re having on becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary City. A Haines Chatters debate...

 
 By Lydia Andriesen    Opinion    May 6, 2021

On keeping ideas in the 'rough draft stage'

Each year the Chilkat Valley News awards a $1,000 scholarship for an essay writing contest for graduating seniors. Students typically have less than...

 

Lack of fiscal plan adds to Alaska's struggles

“Confidence in an economy matters,” Dan Robinson, research chief at the state Department of Labor, told the House Ways and Means Committee...

 

Sharp idea for tourism marketing

States and cities have tried a lot of creative slogans over the years to entice people to come visit. “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” The...

 

Legislators try again to tax e-cigarettes

Legislators are trying again this year to tax “electronic smoking products” — e-cigarettes and vaping devices — the same as tobacco products....

 

Good advice on taxes: be reasonable

Though the Legislature is not looking to adopt a state sales tax or income tax this year, most lawmakers know it is inevitable. And most Alaskans shou...

 

Governor needs a plan, not a poker face

The governor had a chance to talk honestly about taxes when he announced his 10-year budget plan last month. He had a second chance Jan. 28 with his...

 

Science Cowboy

Dear Precipitation Ponderers- There are way too many factors that affect the snow-to-rain conversion calculation for me to give you a definitive...

 

Governor makes dividends key element of legislative session

The Legislature is set to convene next week in Juneau, with the Permanent Fund dividend perhaps the biggest issue lawmakers will confront. Gov. Mike...

 

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