Oil and fishing jobs mean people are still flying into Anchorage, but there’s lots of elbow room on planes

On one Saturday in April, the Anchorage airport was the world’s busiest. It wasn’t people moving through Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport. It was cargo — lots of it. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, passenger traffic at Alaska’s largest airport remains subdued as a crash in demand for airline travel continues. But cargo landings in Anchorage, […]

Letter: Get back to work

Alaskans need to get back to work. We can still practice physical distancing. If we were social distancing we would not be in with one another. Yes, we have lost people to COVID-19. But saying someone died of COVID-19 when they had other severe illnesses that were already killing them is wrong. This is causing […]

Five myths about the safety net

Mark R. Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley professor of social welfare at Washington University in St. Louis, is a co-author of the forthcoming book “Poverty Straight Talk: What America Needs to Know About the Poor.” During the weeks and months ahead, millions of Americans will find themselves turning to the government for help in getting […]

Five myths about the gig economy

Shelly Steward, a sociologist and associate director of research for the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative, studies the changing nature of work in the U.S. Shelter-in-place orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic have increased public awareness and scrutiny of the gig economy – from the DoorDash drivers who drop off ramen, to the […]


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