It was difficult for me to walk around Anchorage, Alaska this week without thinking of Gov. Sarah Palin. To me, Alaska appeared to be a state relatively unharmed by modern liberalism. There was, for example, no sales tax in the City of Anchorage. It was a welcome bit of freedom to find out that a $10 set of batteries only cost me $10. I had an opportunity to tour what was supposed to be the poorest part of Anchorage - the famous Mountain View neighborhood. It looked quiet and peaceful. Children were playing in the streets. It reminded me of the real poverty - moral and spiritual - that keeps parts of Detroit and Los Angeles stacked with empty lots and hopeless fears.
John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.