By the time you read this report we’ll be entering the last 22 days of the session, during which we will be focusing on passage of the bills that we really feel are the most important. The House has passed the Operating Budget, which is our only constitutional duty. Now we’re waiting for the Senate to share the Capital Budget with us, so that we can carefully review and hopefully add to it before adjournment.
One of the bills that is generating a lot of public interest in the Education committee is House Bill 145, sponsored by Representative Wes Keller. HB145 is a school voucher bill that would allow state money to go to private schools, giving parents a choice. This is a strong movement across the nation right now, for many people feel that the public schools have failed. I’m concerned though, that it may be unconstitutional in Alaska to give state money to faith-based institutions.
Commentary: Last Thursday (10-27-11) at Blatchley Middle School library Play by Design architect John Dean gathered a group of youngsters around a map of a playground that he drew up that day.
This is Freda Aron, and this is my opinion. Whatever happened to the America of the People , by the People, and for the People? Was it too long ago to matter anymore? I don’t think so. That was the basis for the birth of our great country. But these days do people without money have any say at all? And if they do say anything does anyone listen?
Many of us worry that the increased role of the world’s largest corporations, in our elections and legislation, has had an enormous, negative impact on our democracy and our economy. Commentary by Libby Stortz.
Longtime Sitkan Roy Bailey died Saturday at the age of 84. Bailey served on the Sitka School Board, the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the board of the Sitka Historical Society. And he fought in World War II – a part of his life he didn’t publicly acknowledge for a long time, in part because the federal government didn’t acknowledge it either.
Sitkan Lily Herwald says former Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams's local leadership will translate well to the U.S. Senate. (Note: The opinions in this commentary represent those of the author, and not necessarily the views of the Raven Radio's staff, board, or volunteers.)
Sitkan Sherri Cummins says U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is a good choice and that she hopes all Alaskans exercise their right to vote. (Note: The opinions in this commentary represent those of the author, and not necessarily the views of the Raven Radio's staff, board, or volunteers.)