BILL WALKER

My Turn: A historic opportunity for Alaska's future

In the final stages of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, many quit their jobs prior to the completion of TAPS because they wanted to be first in line to work on the gasline. Alaska expected construction to begin that quickly. Read more

My Turn: It's time to put our wealth to work

By now, most of you know we have a budget challenge. Over the past two years, Alaska's oil revenue has plummeted by 88 percent, mainly due to a sharp drop in oil prices. We've cut the budget from $8 billion in 2012 to $4.8 billion. Read more

My Turn: Alaska's budget challenge

As most Alaskans know, a sharp drop in the price of oil over the last year and a half blew a gaping hole in the state's budget. This year, revenues are expected to cover just 40 percent of our costs. Read more

My Turn: The word Parnell refuses to say: 'deficit'

Alaskans take pride knowing we are the largest state with the most lakes, tallest mountains and longest summer days. But there are other extreme facts we aren't boasting about, nor is our governor willingly discussing. Read more

My Turn: Sexual assault charges always merit rapid response

As a municipal attorney representing local governments across the state for over 30 years, I deal with complaints of sexual harassment and improper behavior. These cases are investigated post-haste. Sound judgment, if not the law, requires nothing less. Read more

My Turn: Separation of Oil and State

Alaska is in a financial and leadership crisis. We are burning through our savings at the rate of $7 million per day, according to noted economist Professor Scott Goldsmith. That's over $2 billion a year with no plan to halt the free fall. Read more

My Turn: Another election, another gas line study

Here we go again. With another gubernatorial election comes another gas line study, this time SB138, designed to fool voters into thinking there's progress on gas line development. During Gov. Read more

Our local governments deserve more respect

I am often asked how I differ from Gov. Sean Parnell. One significant difference is how we view local governments. Over the past six years, a pattern has developed with Parnell disrespecting our local governments. Here are a few examples. Read more

Alaska First! It's time

When Congress called Alaska unfit to join the Union, Alaskans banded together to fight for statehood. Not as Republicans, not as Democrats, but as Alaskans. We united again as Alaskans to rebuild after the 1964 earthquake and the 1967 Fairbanks flood. Read more

Baffled by Parnell's recent actions

Recent decisions by the Parnell Administration have left many Alaskans, including myself, scratching our heads wondering if anyone is at the helm. Read more

Parnell's missed LNG benchmarks & market opportunity

Last week Governor Parnell acknowledged that the North Slope leaseholders, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and BP, have not met the latest benchmark for progress on the LNG (liquified natural gas) gasline project. Read more

My turn: Over the Top route minimizes natural gas benefits to Alaskans

Article VIII, Sections 1 and 2 of Alaska's Constitution mandate that "Alaska's resources are to be developed to the maximum use and benefit of its people. Read more

Hickel's vision inspired Norway policy tour

Gov. Walter Hickel founded the Institute of the North which organized the recent Norway Policy Tour. Hickel long advocated that Alaska, as owner of its natural resources, must take control of its resource development for the benefit of all Alaskans. Read more

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