I received a postcard in the mail today. It read as follows:
Notice to property owners
Freeway alternative recommended for further study: (more…)
In Alaska discussions about economic development almost always revolve around natural resources – oil & gas, timber, mining, tourism, fishing and the like. As someone who grew up as our state transformed from among the poorest to among the richest in the United States I can certainly understand why. After all, if something has worked for more than 30 years and provided tremendous benefits to our state why change course?
As alluded to in a previous post, one of the intriguing aspects of the political process is observing how public officials “adjust” their views to conform with changing circumstances. I don’t mean to imply anything sinister, just that it’s sometimes worth reviewing various facts and considering their relevance.
Today I have two exciting developments to announce. First, the web gremlins inform me that e-mail notification of new blog postings is again working (presuming I remember to click the right box, we’ll test that with this post). Second, and more importantly, it’s time for our third installment of Assembly insider baseball!
Many of my neighbors have called and e-mailed to register concerns regarding the life insurance policy for former Mayor George Sullivan. I am told, but have not yet seen, that at least one of my colleagues prepared a resolution seeking for the Sullivan trust to reimburse the city until further inquiries can be conducted.
I believe it was Emerson who originally said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” How correct he was; all among us can and should reserve the right to learn more about the issues before us and, based on that additional information, reflect upon whether our initially held views were correct.
As I mentioned in my previous post, we’ve scheduled an extra meeting for March 16 to address a few issues for which we lacked time earlier this week. One of those, low-priority signal preemption for buses, got me in a little hot water with the administration.
While the jury may be out on whether I’m worth a darn as either an Assembly member or chair, my powers of prognostication seem to be intact. We accomplished quite a bit on Tuesday night but, as predicted, were unable to complete our agenda prior to the 11 pm deadline. Some of the things we did resolve included: (more…)
Those supporting the new Bike Plan will find the following information of interest (an initial e-mail of inquiry comes first, my response follows):
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