Sunday, April 19, 2015

"The Experiment Farm" + "Resignation"

Pardon the glut of editorials - we'll rejoin our regularly scheduled cavalcade of nonsense after this weekend, but there's just so much rampant idiocy on display with local politics it's the equivalent of unearthing an old chew-toy from under the couch and rediscovering the faded flavor of catnip still lingering inside.

Given the budgetary implosion of Alaska, in conjunction with the partisan opportunism from legislative cannibals circling our community's public institutions, we need ideas. And we have renewable resources right here in the community, which - as of this February - is a legitimate opportunity... one that a crippled institution potentially stands to benefit from best:
Legal marijuana in Colorado has already generated more than $15 million in tax revenue that is specifically earmarked for public schools, according to the latest data from the state's Department of Education. - Matt Ferner 
Hemp. It's a far better idea than anything else from the current crop of, well, dopes.

On a similar note, one of the high-ranking university administrative members has bailed out now: the resignation of the Chancellor of UAF caught everyone with surprise and dismay. To be sure, a decent man tasked with doing a distasteful role what with the current climate of cuts.

That said, given the perspective of bloated administrative costs relative to the ever-widening pay gap between the haves and the have-nots, it's more than a little disingenuous to publicize a fainting spell: not to put too fine of a point on it, while it’s certainly admirable that with a salary of over $250k $300k someone somehow still manages to feel the pain of the common class, one can only imagine the tribulations of folks who don’t have the luxury of quitting their shitty jobs over stress.


  1. I enjoy the editorials. To me they show fire in the belly and some incisive wit. Well done. I imagine some ruffled feathers too, but sometimes "the truth hurts". Good stuff!

    1. Hey thanks - appreciate the support + comment. Though fire in the belly usually means I have to reach for the bottle of antacid (which is on the shelf right next to the ink).