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There are many ways one could feel about the warning Standard and Poor’s issued to the Alaska Legislature last week, stating that the state’s credit rating might drop if Alaska politicians can’t reach a deal on budget reforms.

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May is an extraordinary month in Ketchikan. We transform overnight from a quiet town in April to become host to thousands of visitors each day by mid-May. Local waters see commercial troll fishermen take advantage of spring fishery opportunities while the commercial net fleets begin preparing for their season. Sport anglers are readying their gear for the May 28 start of the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund King Salmon Derby.

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4/17/2014
Skip the trip

Stay home.

Save the expense of a trip to Alaska.

The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., says it's sending protesters to the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 1.

Church members are offended by what they call “idols” at the center. Beyond that, they just don't seem to like Alaska's Native cultures very much.

But it takes a willful ignorance to see idols in artifacts, or to automatically see unholiness in another culture.

Possessing high regard for the artifacts at the Alaska Native Heritage Center is not idolatry. Explaining Alaska's Native cultures is no sin.

We suggest that the Kansas church members stay home and find constructive ways to improve their own communities.

Alaska and Alaskans can take care of Alaska and Alaskans.