The Ghost of the Taj Mahawker (Photo Erik Hill/ADN)

Making the Same Mistake Twice


The uproar over the Taj Mahawker – the Legislature’s palatial, overpriced, legally dubious former quarters in Anchorage – contributed to the outcome of both the primary and general election. The voters were unwilling to part with half of their permanent fund dividend and give their legislators Trump-like office space. That same sentiment may have contributed…

Gary Larson's Far Side, November 11, 1994

Joe Hazelwood’s Birthday Card


WC offers a snarky birthday card to former Captain Joseph Hazelwood on the occasion of his 70th birthday, today, September 24, 2016. Captain Hazelwood’s legacy in Prince William Sound will outlive him. In 1999, WC was sea kayaking on the east side of Prince William Sound. Under the rocks at one beach on a small…

Battle of the Wilderness by Kurz and Allison

For a Progressive, Signs of Hope


When Alaska was admitted as a state to these United States, back in 1959, the entire Congressional delegation was Democratic: Senator E.L. “Bob” Bartlett, Senator Ernest Gruening1 and Representative Ralph J. Rivers. It’s true that Senators Bartlett and Gruening loathed each other – Senator Bartlett’s staff referred to the Judas Tree outside the Senate Office…