Thursday night, Fairbanks held its Fourteenth Annual Circle of Hope Dinner.  I am pretty connected around town, so I got to attend for the second year in a row.  Last year, NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter shared his personal story of addiction and recovery.  It was fascinating and motivational.  But this year, the folks at Fairbanks outdid themselves.  The featured speaker was none other than Greg Williams! Never heard of him?  Well I certainly hope that is about to change. Williams is a 29-year-old filmmaker and social entrepreneur that is in long term recovery.  For him, that last descriptive means he ...

I was a little worried this week because it is the first time in the Contrarian's history that I got to the end of the week and was drawing a complete blank for a topic about which to rant. How can that be? Is life really that good? Then I made the mistake of reading Erica Smith's most recent column in the Indianapolis Scar, I mean, Star. The absence of rant-worthy ire was immediately resolved. The column titled "Smith: Mass Ave parking is a pain that is about to get worse" is another truly awful column by Ms. Smith. The premise ...