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February 07, 2005

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jpg Michael ReaganMichael Reagan: The High Price of Freedom - I got a letter the other day criticizing me for praising President Bush for trying to spread Democracy around the world. Why, the writer asked, are we spreading democracy around the world when we haven't yet got it right here? - More...
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jpg Howard DeanHoward Dean: On Borrowed Time - All Americans understand that there need to be some changes to our Social Security system because 40 years from now, Social Security will go into deficit if we do nothing. And it is always better to correct problems early than wait until they get worse. - More...
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jpg Dick MorrisDick Morris: Finessing Social Security - Tread softly. Step lightly. Glance over options. Don't get stuck. That's how President Bush needs to handle Social Security reform, and it is exactly how he managed it in his State of the Union speech. - More...
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jpg Jason LoveJason Love: Spanglish - Two years ago I moved to a farming town, and though I love the people, there is something I have come to miss: English. Where I live, even the billboards are in Spanish. - More...
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National: Education takes hits in Bush budget - President Bush's proposed budget would eliminate or consolidate funding for 48 education programs, including ones to teach about the Underground Railroad and promote school safety.

Fifteen of the 48 programs cost $5 million or less, and Education Secretary Margaret Spellings said, "It's hard to get critical mass for a national program in 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories with small amounts." - More...
Monday - February 07, 2005

National: Bush: Cut programs, increase defense spending (News Analysis) - The $2.57 trillion budget that President Bush sent Congress Monday would hike defense and homeland security spending and make deep cuts in popular domestic programs from veterans' care and farm aid to education and environmental protection.

The proposal also recommends new tax cuts for health care, savings and charitable giving on top of permanent passage of previous Bush tax cuts. - More...
Monday - February 07, 2005

Alaska: Education Commissioner Presents Proposed Standards Based Certification System Statewide - Alaska Education & Early Development Commissioner Roger Sampson has been touring the state to bring greater understanding of a new standards-based certification proposal to key education stakeholders. Sampson has been in Kenai, Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks and Mat-Su, in addition to meeting with legislators and leaders of education organizations explaining the new system.

The system would replace Alaska's current method of certification with a three-tiered standards-based system. In 1994 and 1997, the State Board of Education & Early Development adopted and amended in regulation professional teacher content and performance standards. The new system would require new teachers to pass a content knowledge exam and demonstrate their ability to deliver instruction as measured against those standards. A panel will measure whether new teachers proficiently meet those standards. - More...
Monday - January 07, 2005

Alaska: GOP takes another stab at drilling in Alaska refuge - For more than a decade, Republicans in Congress have been frustrated as first President Bill Clinton and then Senate Democrats blocked their efforts to allow oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.- More...
Monday - January 07, 2005

National: Roots of Social Security found in Great Depression - As he barnstormed the nation last week aiming to sell Americans on the idea of private Social Security accounts, President Bush was rejoining a philosophical debate that was present at the system's founding 70 years ago.

The United States was one of the last developed countries to establish a government-run retirement program, in part because of a strong national political bias against collective action and in favor of individual responsibility, historians say.

By most accounts, it took the massive losses of the 1929 stock market crash and the ravages of the subsequent Great Depression to overcome those biases and produce the Social Security Act of 1935. Even then, intense debates continued over the wisdom of operating a massive government support system for the aged. - More...
Monday - January 07, 2005

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photosL. Ron Hubbard's Alaska Adventure; His long winter in Ketchikan - For such a small city in such a remote location, Ketchikan has had its fair share of experience in welcoming the rich and famous. Names that come to mind are Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Cary Grant, as well as Olivia Newton-John, Bill Gates, and Chubby Checker - plus many, many others! Unlike today's notables who arrive by cruise ship for brief visits, earlier celebrity visitors usually came in on their own or someone else's yacht. Most enjoyed Ketchikan's sights, sounds and attractions for at most a few days. But one unexpected visitor found himself stranded for the winter! - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Wednesday - January 19, 2005

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arrow Betty King the Dog Lady; Ketchikan's one-woman humane society

arrow Ketchikan, Alaska - Let There Be Light! -- Citizens Light & Power and then KPU

arrow The State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau

arrow A Legendary Mountain of Jade; Just one of Alaska's Arctic Wonders

arrow John Koel, Baker to Banker; An eccentric philanthropist

arrow Harold Gillam: A Tragic Final Flight; Ketchikan remembers the search

arrow Ketchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname

arrow Fairbanks: Golden Heart City; A story of its founding

arrow Remembering 'Swede' Risland (1915-1991);The town's most memorable logger

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