The editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News couldn’t help himself. Tom Hewitt just had to respond to the critiques of his former newspaper colleagues Dermot Cole and Pat Dougherty, in this lively exchange, during which he tried to explain his position without explaining it and without actually endorsing his newspaper’s position.
In doing so, Hewitt distanced himself from the owners of the largest newspaper in Alaska, and he also distanced himself from the “wait and see” editorial he had penned on their behalf, basically saying he wrote it, but he doesn’t own it.
All of these nocturnal discharges came over what amounts to a 13 percent cut to state government, (and still a deficit of over $750 million.) The Left is beside itself and they’re staying up all night.
Here’s the Twitter exchange, in part, to give you a sense of what the Newspaper Boys do with their spare time:
Did Hewitt really just say that? Yes, he did.
Then he goes on to bicker with the most left-leaning writer in Alaska, by saying it’s not a decision he “gets to make,” which is a bit of virtue signaling to indicate he disagrees with what he wrote for the newspaper:
It went like this, back and forth, through the night as progressive journalists argued about whether this is Armageddon and whether the Binkley family ownership of the newspaper is essentially complicit in the scheme to destroy the state.
But the Twitter war didn’t end there with the journalists. Andrew Halcro, who is the executive director of the Anchorage Community Development Authority and an appointee of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, had this to say about the governor’s budget:
MR HALCRO IF “YOUR” BUSINESS IS PREDICATED UPON “STATE” MONEY BEING THROWN AT IT TO SURIVE PERHAPS YOU SHOULD REALIGN YOUR BUSINESS MODEL !! NO ONE IN THE LEFTIST COMMUNITY HERE IN ALASKA WAS COMPLAINING WHEN GOV. WALKER WAS BLOWING THROUGH EVERY DIME HE COULD AS FAST AS HE COULD “WITH” MOST OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS CONSENT !!
Do you feel the same way about the money given to oil companies in tax credits?
Good grief. The mewling about tax credits is very old. Tax credits are not GIVING money, they are a vehicle for TAKING LESS money. No one is GIVING the oil companies any money and they spend a boat load sucking the oil out of the ground so that YOU don’t have to pay income taxes and YOU have enjoyed all kinds of entitlements over the years. Try sucking oil out of the ground and processing it, and selling it, without the oil companies and let’s see how far you will get. Get over it. We have an arrangement with the oil companies who, invest a TON into our state and whom benefit us hugely.
Pacifiers are in isle 35 at Fred Meyer.
Hey, at least someone is investing money in the state. The Nordstrom closure annoucement exposed too many people who appear to espouse “I would rather give my money to Jeff Bezos, even though he already has more money than he knows what to do with, than spend it in the community” on the one hand, and “I can’t figure out why crime and homelessness is so rampant here” on the other hand.
Besides the fact that Mr. Halco has openly admitted that the Government controls his personal business success, I am appalled at the language he openly posted. I spent ample time in conversation with my child, reminding her that what is posted via social media is out there forever. It could hamper her ability to get a job in the future, etc. Well, maybe it just doesn’t matter anymore. There is no sense of decorum. None. When the “Chairman of one of Alaska’s Oldest and Largest Statewide Family Owned Businesses and a Fifty-Year Member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce” (Andrew’s words) drops F-bombs openly in print on social media while blaming others for his impending doom, it gives me great pause.
ANDREW: I think you can do better, can’t you? As ED of the Anchorage Community Development Authority, and a former member of the AK House of Representatives, you should have the ability to formulate a professional argument and response to state your position. Click it up a professional notch.
The owners of the ADN are the Binkley family of Fairbanks. Their very FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS when they resuscitated this failing paper, was to get rid of old Lefty wind-bag columnist Dermot Cole. Now, Mr. super-grouch bides his free time trolling social media and looking for sympathizers in cyber space. At best, Cole is like an old spinster searching for anything to give his past a final bit of validity in the world of Left-wing drivel. He wasted his precious time
You knew there would be an extreme amount of flailing and gnashing of teeth over cutting a bloated UAA budget. But there is a way to maintain the level of waste they are use to. Sell some of the millions of acres of land they control. Funny that don’t hear much about the real estate the college controls.
Is anyone else enjoying being a witness to the slow death of the radical-left dinosaur media?
“Nocturnal discharges” indeed!
YES! And watching them eat each other. Locally and nationally. Fun times!
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