Juneau Empire
By Margaret Stock
November 3, 2016

Alaskans are a pragmatic people, because pragmatism is a trait borne out of necessity from living on the Last Frontier. Alaskans regularly make decisions that go far beyond what most Americans ever have to consider, because sometimes our very survival is at stake.

For the past few decades, thanks to oil discoveries at Prudhoe Bay, we’ve had to be far less pragmatic than previous generations of Alaskans. But, as predicted, our income from oil has passed its peak — and if we don’t start making pragmatic decisions again, beginning with this election on Nov. 8, we risk losing the quality of life that so many Alaskans now take for granted.

How must a pragmatist weigh our current political situation?