Letters to the Editor

Based on the attendance of past festivals, organizers of the 11th Juneau Maritime Festival estimated in excess of 5,000 people showed up for the event celebrating Juneau’s maritime culture. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Festival shows what cruise-free Saturdays could be like

This is a great example of what could be if we had ship-free Saturdays…

  • Jun 22, 2021

 

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Opinion: Union-backed bill would hurt Alaska’s small, independent businesses

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan should help protect Alaska’s small and independent businesses.

  • Jun 21, 2021

 

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Opinion: Anti-PFAS bills are important for future Alaskans’ health

The good news is the solution is at our finger tips.

  • Jun 15, 2021

 

The Holland America Line Eurodam pulls into Juneau’s downtown harbor heading for the city-owned dock on Monday, May 6, 2019. The privately owned South Franklin Dock, foreground, is currently the only dock set up to provide electric power to a ship while at berth in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

However you feel about initiatives, dock electrification is a good thing

Together we can have a cleaner cruise industry in our Southeast ports.

  • Jun 7, 2021
The Holland America Line Eurodam pulls into Juneau’s downtown harbor heading for the city-owned dock on Monday, May 6, 2019. The privately owned South Franklin Dock, foreground, is currently the only dock set up to provide electric power to a ship while at berth in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

How do we behave when we’re tourists?

Regardless of our activities, we degrade some group’s idea of peace and quiet.

  • Jun 3, 2021
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Opinion: Unemployment boost would have helped businesses

They would spend it at local businesses.

  • May 27, 2021
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Opinion: Ending unemployment boost is punitive, shortsighted

The way to help people is to support them.

  • May 24, 2021
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A Trails Build Alaska rally demonstration was held in Juneau on Wednesday, May 19. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Experience is why I support Trails Build Alaska

There are many people still in need of work and our land needs attention now more than ever.

  • May 20, 2021
A Trails Build Alaska rally demonstration was held in Juneau on Wednesday, May 19. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A health care worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Getting vaccinated is the right choice

The vaccine question depends on whether you consider public health or individual health.

  • May 20, 2021
A health care worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Carter-Biden cartoon was off the mark

However historians describe Presidents Carter and Biden, the term “nincompoop” is unlikely to appear.

  • May 19, 2021
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Opinion: Our democracy depends on being informed

Misinformation, lying politicians and ignorance is a threat to our democracy.

  • May 19, 2021
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A family bound by ink

We knew every edition’s bed time by osmosis.

  • May 7, 2021
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Tourists view Juneau’s downtown harbor in August 2015. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Let’s put a cap on cruise tourism

Let’s put a cap on it!

  • May 5, 2021
Tourists view Juneau’s downtown harbor in August 2015. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: We need a House Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity

Our state needs a new dialogue for finding modern solutions.

  • Apr 28, 2021
The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Cruise ship visitors gather for their tours on the Seawalk on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Cruise control initiative is pro-tourist

Uncontrolled numbers of ships and visitors dilute the experience.

  • Apr 26, 2021
Cruise ship visitors gather for their tours on the Seawalk on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Herring eggs coat seaweed after a spawn this May in front of the Blue Mussel Cabin in Berners Bay. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s important to protect herring. Here’s why.

Fourth graders from Hoonah write letters urging herring protection.

  • Apr 21, 2021
Herring eggs coat seaweed after a spawn this May in front of the Blue Mussel Cabin in Berners Bay. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: It’s time Juneau residents have our say on cruise ships

Activists are seeking a balance between our quality of life and a better experience for visitors.

  • Apr 15, 2021
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
This November 2020 photo shows a gun lock. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
This November 2020 photo shows a gun lock. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)