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Leave it to Alaska’s 29th Legislature to screw up what should have been a slam dunk. (Perhaps it is 29 and a half? What exactly is the proper nomenclature when the 29th’s first session has gone to an extra session, then that extra session has been adjourned and a new extra session called so that the Legislature can legally pack up its bags and move to Anchorage before settling on a working budget?)

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Nothing should occur to separate mother and baby. The baby's life depends upon it.

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Raymond Charles Hewson, 76, died May 13, 2015, in Anchorage.
8/25/2014
Think again

Think again; it isn't necessary to drive while under the influence.

Whether it's alcohol, controlled substances or anything else that might impair driving, it shouldn't be mixed with driving.

The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which is being conducted here by the Alaska State Troopers, will continue through Labor Day weekend.

The increased visibility of troopers statewide is connected to the campaign, an effort to discourage potential drivers from getting behind the wheel while their ability to drive is impaired. This means behind any motorized vehicle's wheel — not only automobiles, but boats and other vehicles that could be dangerous if a driver's abilities are impaired.

The public has been asked to assist in the campaign — first to encourage others not to drive while under the influence, and even remove access to keys and motor vehicles, and, second, to report impaired drivers. Reports can be made to 911. A description of a motor vehicle, its location and direction of travel would be helpful.

It only takes a minute to make a call and save a life or prevent injury and damage. Make the call.