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Our Children Must Read by Age 9

In third grade, students learn to read. In fourth grade, they read to learn. Students who cannot read well almost never catch up.

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Are we ready for tomorrow’s technology?

It’s a strange world. One minute I’m reading a caribou-hunting account and the next I’m learning intelligent toilets at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

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Letter to the Editor: Greenhouses

Some Assembly members floated the idea of cutting back on the production of flowers to cut cost. Instead, the greenhouse can grow cannabis.

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Your Vote This November is One of the Most Important Votes You Will Ever Make

With the withdrawal of Governor Bill Walker from the race Alaska voters will now decide between Mike Dunleavy or Mark Begich.

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Truth can be found if we truly look

Somewhere, circling on the event horizon of 21st century’s black hole of information, truth is waiting for us.

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Tracking the Outside Money in Alaska Politics

In the coming weeks, the Alaska Policy Forum will be looking into the Outside money that is impacting policy in Alaska like Ballot Measure 1.

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Letter to the Editor: Rick Levinson

For your monthly printed magazine, please consider using a font several times larger for your articles. I really enjoyed the magazine, so I hope you can make it more readable. Thanks.

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Letter to the Editor: Tom Thumb

The Unfortunate Demise of the Tom Thumb Montessori Schools written by Donn Liston was very interesting. Thank you for the insight into some of the reasons the schools eventually closed.

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Run campaigns on “Wallet”

Candidates running for office in Alaska (and elsewhere) could significantly reduce the cost of their campaigns by simply running on the theme “Wallet,” which is the main reason people vote anyway.

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Letter to the Editor: Renfro Foods

Renfro Foods, makers of award-winning Mrs. Renro’s Salsa, received a Google alert about a story mentioning the brand.

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Unsung Heroes of the Bear Paw Festival

I want to give a special thanks to the Leslie’s Crew, the epitome of a motivated and organized team, which keeps the Bear Paw Festival clean.

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Book Review: Denali Ranger, by Lew Freedman

Denali Ranger is an inspiring biography about a man who dedicated most of his life to North America’s highest peak, Denali, and the land surrounding it. In many ways, it is a love story. As a national park ranger on 20310-foot Denali for nearly 40 years, Roger Robinson became a major figure in the mountain’s history by pioneering a new environmental ethos in climbing management: removing waste from the slopes, or “cleaning” the mountain.

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Standing with the “Marchers for Life”

Born in 1945, I’m considered a “Baby Boomer.” Unlike many others my age, I am not afraid to admit we failed in pressing U.S. Congress to take a stronger stand on gun control and end the political stranglehold the National Rifle Association (NRA) has on our elected officials.

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If photographing the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights, is on your bucket list of things to accomplish, Alaska is the right place to be, and Eagle River, especially during optimal viewing conditions, can be the place to watch some of the most spectacular displays - rivaling any seen across the circumpolar north.

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