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  • Reality Check w/ John Tracy

    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: To vote or not to vote

    by John Tracy on Mar 23, 18:31

    So, here’s a question for you. Do you know who’s running for Anchorage Assembly in your area? Chances are you don’t. Don’t feel bad about that. I have to confess that up until I started writing this commentary, I didn’t know the candidates in my area either, and the election is just 12 days away. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Have the Seaveys created an Iditarod dynasty?

    by John Tracy on Mar 16, 18:30

    The term dynasty is bestowed too easily in the world of sports. To claim a dynasty, a team or an individual has to prove their dominance over an extended period of time. Which is why I think it’s time to consider the word dynasty when describing the Seaveys and how they continue to dominate the Last […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Lawmakers are finding common ground on budget deficit

    by John Tracy on Mar 09, 18:42

    It’s often difficult to see progress, but it’s worth recognizing it when it happens. Believe it or not, lawmakers in Juneau are beginning to find some common ground in their efforts to close Alaska’s $3 billion budget gap. And that’s worth noting. First and foremost, a restructuring of the Permanent Fund, and making it’s earnings […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: It’s time for transparency on health care costs

    by John Tracy on Mar 02, 17:07

    I used to work as a salesman for a big name music store in Seattle. It’s the kind of job you take between gigs as a semi-working musician. If you came in to buy a guitar or a drum set from me, we were instructed not to give you the sticker price, but rather, find […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The uncivil war over the Confederate flag

    by John Tracy on Feb 23, 15:58

    You know the saying; a picture is worth a thousand words. The use of symbols is possibly worth a thousand times more. Recently, a group of kids from Chugiak High School got in hot water for posting a photo of themselves posing with a confederate battle flag. The photo made the rounds on social media […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Let’s talk about climate change

    by John Tracy on Feb 09, 18:19

    Imagine what it must have been like to have been a dinosaur. Lords of their universe. Top of the food chain. They were going to live forever, only to be taken out by a glitch in the system called global climate change. It’s little more than hubris to think that we humans will be around […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will Congress meet Trump’s promises on Obamacare?

    by John Tracy on Feb 02, 17:36

    You can always tell where people stand, depending on if they refer to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. Thousands of Alaskans are insured for the first time thanks to the ACA. Thousands of others hate Obamacare. Individual health plans are the most expensive in the country and Alaska is down to just one […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will the refugee ban make us safer?

    by John Tracy on Jan 30, 20:39

    Consider the iPhone. Who could imagine a computer for your pocket? Mine started blowing up on Friday with news of President Donald Trump’s executive order to halt the U.S Refugee Resettlement program until our country’s vetting process is improved. We witnessed the protests across America as we detained refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Lawmakers will get serious this session

    by John Tracy on Jan 26, 17:13

    I’m an optimist by nature and a cynic by experience. But this year, I’m optimistic the Alaska Legislature will finally take steps to put the state on a sustainable path; optimistic because after blowing through $13 billion of our savings in the last 4 years, there are only two years of funding left in the […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The legitimacy of Donald Trump

    by John Tracy on Jan 19, 16:38

    America will swear in a new commander in chief Friday. The ceremony in Washington, D.C. is intended to demonstrate, once again, that a peaceful transition of power is central to our democracy. However, many members of Congress now say they will boycott the inauguration. When Georgia Rep., and civil rights icon, John Lewis said he […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The audacity of Obama

    by John Tracy on Jan 13, 10:23

    If Tuesday night’s address was his last to the American people, President Barack Obama left on a high note. It was a speech that was as notable for the ideas it expressed, as much for what was left unsaid. What could have been a litany of victories won and excuses for battles lost — surely […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: That was so 2016

    by John Tracy on Dec 29, 17:35

    I thought hard about what to talk about this week. A look back at the top stories of 2016 would be a little depressing in my opinion. We lost icons like Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer and John Glenn. We witnessed the worst mass shooting in the history of America, in the name of Islamic terrorism. […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Is Santa from Siberia?

    by John Tracy on Dec 22, 15:54

    In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote the New York Sun a letter, asking simply, “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?” Almost a hundred years after Virginia’s letter, I had the privilege as a journalist to travel around the Arctic Circle as part of a circumpolar outreach. We visited 14 Arctic cities […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Tennys Owens made Anchorage her canvas

    by John Tracy on Dec 15, 17:37

    Thursday, Anchorage’s premier art gallery Artique closed it’s doors for the last time, after 45 years in business. Artique is the love child of owner Tennys Owens. If the modern history of Anchorage could be painted on canvas, Tennys Owens and her husband, Tom, would be primary colors. The Air Force sent the young couple […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Will you get the remainder of your PFD?

    by John Tracy on Dec 08, 17:11

    What are the chances you’ll be seeing the other half of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend? Recently, an Anchorage superior court judge upheld Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to cut this year’s dividend in half by exercising his veto power. The lawsuit, challenging Walker’s authority, was filed by Democratic Sen. Bill Wielechowski. The case is being […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What is the ‘alt-right’ movement?

    by John Tracy on Dec 01, 17:25

    I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of the “so-called alt-right” movement until the last election. But it’s getting a lot of attention these days, so I’ll share what I’ve learned with you. “Alt-right” is shorthand for “alternative right.” The president of the National Policy Institute, 38-year-old Richard Spencer, describes it as […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: The problem with fake news and its role on social media

    by John Tracy on Nov 17, 15:43

    Here’s a piece of news that ought to concern you: A Pew Research Center survey, reported earlier this year, found that 44 percent of U.S. adults now get their news from Facebook. Facebook works great as a way to keep up with friends and family, but it fails miserably as a news source. Why? Because Facebook […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Campaign 2016 takeaways

    by John Tracy on Nov 10, 17:49

    What did Americans learn from Tuesday’s election. For what it’s worth, here are some of my top takeaways. Donald Trump is the greatest salesman of our time — and that’s a compliment. To succeed at sales you have to believe in the product, and Trump never wavered in his belief that he alone could pull […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Voter fraud — fact or fiction?

    by John Tracy on Nov 03, 17:05

    So, have you heard the latest? Billionaire George Soros, a huge Hillary Clinton supporter, owns voting machines in 16 states. It’s all over the internet. Word is that Soros owns Smartmatic voting machines, providing proof that this presidential election is rigged and that voter fraud is real. The threat of voter fraud looms large over […]

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    Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What’s in a name?

    by John Tracy on Oct 27, 16:57

    The residents of Utqiaġvik have about four more weeks of sunrises until the sun disappears for another winter. Utqiaġvik is the Inupiat name for Barrow and, as voters recently decided, will be the official name of Alaska’s northernmost village. The vote was close — passage came by just six votes. Many of those opposed to the […]