Snide-meister in rare form on Sunday

This past Sunday (ADN, June 28) hyperventilating Paul Jenkins aimed his gloomy spotlight on President Obama for exaggerating a claim regarding gun violence in America. This criticism came from a master of hyperbole. But Jenkins’ description of the president as a “pimp” for gun control is unconscionable. Such a statement demeans the office of the U.S. president, it insults Mr. Obama, and it affirms Paul’s bigoted bloviator bona fides.

However, Jenkins thoughtfully asks in conclusion of his op-ed, “How do we stop malevolent hatred?” I suggest for starters the snide-meister stop promoting opinions that inspire extremist beliefs.

— Ken Flynn Anchorage...

Alaska Dispatch News

LOS ANGELES -- California on Tuesday became the largest state in the country to require schoolchildren to receive vaccinations unless there are medical reasons not to do so, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that ended exemptions for personal or religious reasons.

Brown, a Democrat, signed the bill after it was passed by significant margins in the state Legislature. The new law was the subject of a long and heated debate in reaction to a strong movement among some parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases like measles...

Adam Nagourney

WASHINGTON — Senior Obama administration officials knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel requested Clinton's email address on Sept. 5, 2009, according to one of some 3,000 pages of correspondence released by the State Department on Tuesday evening. His request came three months after top Obama strategist David Axelrod asked the same question of one of Clinton's top aides.

But it's unclear whether the officials realized Clinton, now the leading Democratic presidential candidate, was running her email from a server located in her Chappaqua, New York, home — a potential security risk and violation of administration policy...

Lisa Lerer

JUNEAU -- Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Tuesday that he had signed state operating and capital budgets, approving $9.8 billion in spending sought by the Legislature but vetoing a possible $200 million worth of controversial oil tax credits.

Alaska's oil tax system includes provisions for tax credits that supporters have said would boost production, but the amount of credits claimed by companies soared beyond expectations.

When oil pries dropped sharply in the last year, tax credits projected to total $1.3 billion dwarfed production tax revenues of $320 million in the fiscal year beginning Wednesday. That actually gave Alaska a negative oil severance tax...

Pat Forgey

June 5 was National Donut Day. So that makes it a better time than ever to talk about the so-called donut hole in the Arctic Ocean.

The donut hole consists of some 1.1 million square miles of typically ice-covered water. The area’s name derives from its shape, which looks like an oddly squished donut hole according to current exclusive economic zone boundaries, which are based on the 200 nautical mile limit...

Mia Bennett

When Lael Wilcox rode her bike from Anchorage to Alberta in May, she was just warming up.

The 28-year-old Anchorage woman used the 2,140-mile trek from Alaska to Canada as a prelude to her record-setting ride in the Tour Divide, which is billed as the world’s longest off-pavement cycling route.

The race covers 2,745 miles on trails near the Continental Divide, going from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

Wilcox arrived at the finish line Monday morning, 17 days and 2,745 miles after she left Banff. Her time of 17 days, 1 hour, 51 minutes was two days faster than the previous record of 19:03:35, by Eszter Horanyi in 2012...

Beth Bragg

Wildfires are responsible for the delay in the National Transportation Safety Board’s recovery efforts of the sightseeing plane that crashed and killed nine people Thursday near Ketchikan, an NTSB official said Tuesday.

The heavy-lift Bell 214B helicopter needed to retrieve the wrecked de Havilland Otter is at work fighting fires elsewhere in the state. It likely won’t be available for several weeks, Clint Johnson, the NTSB’s Alaska chief, said in a phone interview...

Nathaniel Herz

Imagine being afraid to go to school each day because you will be taunted and harassed, made to feel unwelcome, even fear for your physical safety. You complained to your teacher or principal, who did nothing to help you. There was no clear law in place to protect you and no one seemed to care.

This story is all too familiar for many children, including here in Alaska, who are forced to start their school day filled with dread rather than hope.

We have a responsibility to ensure every student in our great state and across the country has access to a safe, discrimination-free education, where they can focus on learning regardless of who they are...

Arliss Sturgulewski

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that homeowners who have suffered injuries or property damage from rampant earthquakes they say are caused by oil and gas operations can sue for damages in state trial courts, rejecting efforts by the industry to block such lawsuits from being decided by juries and judges.

The case has been closely watched both by the energy industry and by fracking opponents across the United States, and the 7-0 ruling opens the door for homeowners in a state racked by earthquakes to pursue oil and gas companies for temblor-related damage...


For those of us in favor of making health insurance accessible to as many people as possible, Gov. Bill Walker’s election was especially exciting. Expanding Medicaid to cover an additional 42,000 Alaskans was a central promise of his gubernatorial campaign, a campaign that netted him more than 4,600 votes over former Gov. Sean Parnell. Political mandates have been claimed with much less of a victory. When will that promise be fulfilled?

To be fair, this initial delay of Medicaid expansion is due to the governor’s willingness to attempt to work with the Legislature. The governor introduced Medicaid expansion on several occasions during the normal legislative session and again at the start of the special sessions...

Esther Kennedy