Alaska Editorials

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm •  Published: April 14, 2014
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Here is a sampling of editorial opinions from Alaska newspapers:

April 12, 2014

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Injection of students in medical class needs full inquiry and airing

Administrators at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have a major challenge on their hands since learning that students in a medical assistant program at UAF's Career and Technical College were instructed to inject fellow students with a solution not authorized for use on humans or animals.

University officials so far appear to have responded with urgency and care to a situation that is highly troubling.

It's not only Chancellor Brian Rogers and other top administrators who are wanting to understand how an instructor could, apparently, so blatantly ignore the warning labels on the solution's containers. Past and present students of the instructor will want to know, as will prospective students.

The incident became public Wednesday in a story by News-Miner reporter Jeff Richardson. The story quoted Chancellor Rogers as calling the injection problem "the most serious issue I've seen" since he became chancellor in 2008. He also said UAF accepts responsibility for the misuse of the solution.

It was a student who sensed that something wasn't right with the class's practice injections and contacted the solution's manufacturer, who in turn quickly contacted university officials to express alarm at how the product was being used. The manufacturer instructed that the solution cease being used for injection practice on students and that students get medical attention.

The tasks facing UAF officials here are many.

They must find out how this happened.

They must correct the procedures that obviously failed and allowed this to happen.

They must, when determined appropriate, punish those whose decisions, actions or inactions allowed this to happen.

They must provide medical assistance to the students as needed.

They must make an extended effort to contact all students who may have been injected with the unauthorized solution this year or in prior years.

They must assist students whose degree schedule may have been thrown off track by the incident. And they must make the findings of their investigation public.

That's a long list. But university officials have shown that they are, in fact, working on these very things.

Chancellor Rogers is clearly upset, as he should be. So far, he is saying and doing all the right things to maintain confidence in the university.

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April 11, 2014

Alaska Journal of Commerce: Democrats never let good news go to waste

The news from the North Slope continues to trend in a positive direction with the latest announcement that production is 13,600 barrels per day better than the Revenue Department forecast in December, and that the annual production decline for the current fiscal year is projected to be just 1.8 percent.

In a sane political world (we could imagine one, right? OK, never mind), that news would be greeted with cheer. But we live in a state where the Democrat party never lets good news go to waste and they held true to form April 7 by continuing to poo-poo the positives because real events don't fit into their preferred political narrative.

"I don't know how you read these (numbers) and take anything good away from this," said Sen. Bill Wielechowski, who never misses a chance to miss the mark when it comes to math.

Democrats, you see, have every reason to be frustrated after spending years attacking Gov. Sean Parnell, legislators and oil companies and shrieking about an oil tax "giveaway" that they claimed offered no assurances of increased production or investment.

Well too bad for them, because BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil are currently spending billions of new dollars on the Slope, and Democrats can't deny that.

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