Just one of many sleazy affairs

This editorial first appeared in the Republican American of Waterbury (Conn.):

The Internal Revenue Service’s harassment of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012 was a sleazy affair, but it was only one of many.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “was making it nearly impossible for groups critical of the agency to obtain any information,” according to a recent Weekly Standard magazine report that said 18 of 20 Freedom of Information Act requests made by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, free-market think tank, were denied while “the vast majority of requests” from environmental groups were approved.

Add the Obama administration’s “war” on Fox News and the White House access enjoyed by lobbyists for liberal causes, and one can only conclude the administration is obsessed with politics.

Administration officials use personal email accounts for official business, in violation of the Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, a notable offender, abruptly resigned last December, “just as the scandal was starting to generate congressional attention,” according to the Weekly Standard.

Thomas Perez, head of Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the president’s nominee for Labor secretary, also engaged in this practice. He used his personal account to coordinate a deal that led the city of St. Paul, Minn., to drop its appeal of a housing-discrimination case. Perez has ignored a House committee’s subpoena to turn over business-related emails from the account.

Since this problem is recurrent, the president’s rhetorical emphasis on ethics is a sham. With revelations of improprieties swirling, the news media and Congress should be as tough on him as possible, on the side of the people and America’s best ideals.

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:53

Stand with Alaskans and stand with Planned Parenthood

I appreciate Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s recent decision to support repealing the Trump administration’s global gag rule. The global gag rule bans federal money for overseas family planning programs if the programs also provide abortion, or provide information about abortion. The global gag rule puts thousands of lives at risk, and Murkowski has rightly recognized that. I praise Murkowski, and want her to know that Alaskans stand with her in supporting access to family planning services. This means that we support Planned Parenthood, and we hope she will stand with us in the coming weeks by refusing to vote for any changes to the Affordable Care Act that include defunding Planned Parenthood. Read more

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 08:42

Alaska editorial: The opioid issue

This editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 08:41

Expanding apprenticeship in rural Alaska

We are proud to announce a new statewide training initiative: the Alaska Maritime Apprenticeship Program. Over the past year, the Calista Corporation, in partnership with the state and federal government, has built a Registered Apprenticeship program to train Alaskans for careers on deck, in the engine room, and in the galley, earning both a salary and an industry-recognized credential. Working with a group of companies including Brice Marine and Yukon River Towing, we are expanding career and training opportunities for Alaskans in the maritime industry.

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 08:40

Transboundary mining: Defending Alaska’s interests

It is a big week for Alaska’s capital city. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan are in town to address the Alaska State Legislature, the United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) Board of Directors, and all Alaskans. There are a number of issues on which the state of Alaska, including our elected decision makers at both the state and federal levels, can show unity. One of those critical issues is asking the U.S. federal government to defend Alaskan interests in the Alaska-British Columbia (B.C.) transboundary mining issue.

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