Commentary

If we put excessive faith in the hope that things will be better tomorrow, we will be less prepared to handle reality if that is not the case. I think it is better to take reasonable steps now and drop the fantasy that no one has to give up anything.Dermot Cole
During Alaska’s latest phase of big oil money, dubious capital projects cropped up like mushrooms after a rain. Even in a fiscal crisis, the spending continues. Charles Wohlforth
OPINION: Alaska's history includes a fierce battle over income taxes that territorial Gov. Ernest Gruening eventually won -- after voters cleaned house.Patrick Race
OPINION: Beacon Hill program is at work helping to keep Alaska's children safe while keeping families together -- and we can all help.Donna Walker,Charity Carmody
OPINION: The group Alaska's Future wants to use earnings of the Permanent Fund to shield against taxes for the well-off. They should be calling for tough cuts and a progressive income tax.John Havelock
OPINION: So many immigrants paid bitter dues as the "other," but in the end America's promise prevailed. Let's keep the promise today.Elise Patkotak
It's time to stop the repeated claims that all we have to do is cut the state general fund budget to $4.5 billion and we will have a "sustainable budget" with no need for new taxes or cuts to the Permanent Fund dividend.Dermot Cole
OPINION: Anchorage volunteers come together to give medical care to those who can't afford much outside the emergency room.Charlene Spadafore Vassar
OPINION: The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program is a tremendous success, but that doesn't justify altering Mount Edgecumbe High School.Candace Schaack
Alaska’s fantasy megaprojects and white elephants have cost us billions that could have cushioned the transition to the post-oil era and reduced our future taxes.Charles Wohlforth