The announcement earlier this month that University of Alaska President Pat Gamble will retire in June comes at a challenging time for the university system. No one can begrudge President Gamble his decision, of course.
...about the budget situation, who will offer equitable and sensible solutions - as the Percent of Market Value plan was 10 years ago - and who will have the courage to argue forcefully for their adoption.- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Dec. 14
...that has been the state's economic engine for decades. How long that economic dip lasts - and how deep it falls - will have much to do with the success or failure of Gov. Walker's vision for Alaska.- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Dec. 1
...the Denali wreck. But the season's continuing collision streak is a sobering reminder to exercise great caution on Interior roads - particularly at highway speeds when a crash could well be fatal.- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,Dec. 28
...proceed down the track of constructing all projects at once - Gov. Bill Walker and the Legislature must weigh each carefully and continue forward with only those that pass the cost versus benefit test.- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,Dec. 8
...production, which will require reinvestment by oil companies. If that reinvestment causes some short-term disruption, that may be the price the state must pay to better ensure our future prosperity.- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,Dec. 21
Five years ago this month, the Daily News-Miner had this observation about the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act: "The vision remains blurred by too many uncertainties and pitfalls." Gov. Sean Parnell now seems to have come to that conclusion as well.
...Alaska's fund, fortunately, is not in trouble. It's healthy, and, when the fund is healthy, there is no reason to keep taxing Alaskans at the same rate just to continue to increase the account.- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Dec. 3
...sheer size of the units demanded a different approach than elsewhere in the nation. Alaska should insist that the terms of that compromise be honored, but it should also pick its battles judiciously.- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Dec. 8
...situation is worrisome. Welcome to the state of Alaska, circa 2002. The one bright spot is that legislators and governors actually saved some money in the intervening years. We're going to need it.- Fairbanks Daily News-Miner,Dec. 15
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