Letters to the Editor

Opinion: As a former mayor, I am voting for Weldon’s experience

I was very surprised to receive a campaign brochure from Saralynn Tabachnick in which she measures her previous fiscal experience in terms of increasing the… Continue reading

 

Opinion: Medicaid Expansion is a fiscal trap for Alaskans

Since Gov. Bill Walker unilaterally expanded Obamacare in Alaska, enrollment has skyrocketed and is providing needed health care coverage to vulnerable Alaskans and bringing additional… Continue reading

 

Opinion: Murkowski and Sullivan should vote against Kavanaugh

I am a lifelong Alaska resident, born and raised in Juneau. I’m very concerned about the current Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. His remarks in… Continue reading

Opinion: Oil-company opposition to Ballot Measure 1 is a reason to vote yes

Most of us don’t bother to read the fine print. Sometimes, though, it is quite informative. For instance, in the Vote No on 1 ad… Continue reading

Opinion: Alaska’s leaders are acting antithetical to Native values

Alaska has been fighting colonization for generations.

AWARE Executive Director Saralynn Tabachnick, left, and Deputy Director Mandy O’Neal Cole talk about the shelter becoming gender inclusive during an interview on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: All In For Saralyn!

Upon entering Wellspring Integrative Medical Center, there is no mistaking our support for Saralyn Tabachnick for mayor. As owner of Wellspring, I believe Tabachnick’s experience,… Continue reading

AWARE Executive Director Saralynn Tabachnick, left, and Deputy Director Mandy O’Neal Cole talk about the shelter becoming gender inclusive during an interview on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Three cheers for governor, the adult in the room

The people who are upset over the change in the Permanent Fund Dividend payout need to review the enabling legislation and history of the purpose… Continue reading

Opinion: Vote Walker out

Anyone who would take $460 million from the Juneau economy will never receive my vote. That is exactly what Gov. Bill Walker did. This money… Continue reading

Opinion: Walker is ‘Dunleavy light’

The three-way race for governor has brought much hand-wringing among Alaskans. Bill Walker undid nine years of work to protect salmon on the Chuitna and… Continue reading

Former University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh speaks to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: We need to elect child care proponents

I was stunned when I attended a City and Borough of Juneau Assembly meeting last week and found three Assembly members — Mayor Ken Koelsch,… Continue reading

Former University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh speaks to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Committee of the Whole on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Ignorance to protecting Alaska’s salmon

Ben Brown’s recent piece on Ballot Measure 1 suggests he’s ignorant of the real issues pertaining to protecting Alaska salmon. Perhaps Brown isn’t aware salmon… Continue reading

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Opinion: Wade Bryson for Assembly

I am writing to express my immense support for Wade Bryson. I have had the pleasure of working close by his side for two years.… Continue reading

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Opinion: Drop out, Begich

Yes, our generally Democratic-voting family is divided over the issue of Mark Begich’s presence in the race. I keep hearing Begich is a numbers guy,… Continue reading

Opinion: Outgoing mayor deserves kudos

As the mayor’s term comes to a close and as I reflect over the last few years, I want to pick up the red pen… Continue reading

Election signs at the corner of 12th and C streets on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Campaigns are responsible for signs

I am a 45-year-plus Alaskan who has lived in Haines, Juneau, Petersburg, Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Wasilla and now Valdez. My issue, and one that was… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018
Election signs at the corner of 12th and C streets on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Chum salmon swim beneath the surface of Salmon Creek on Aug. 3, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: We need to establish basic protections for salmon

Wild salmon stocks are under attack from all sides: ocean warming, habitat loss, over exploitation and pollution. While Alaska has enjoyed the benefit of good… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018
Chum salmon swim beneath the surface of Salmon Creek on Aug. 3, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
This March 31, 2018 photo shows an offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet from a beach in Nikiski, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl | Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Oil companies keep us in the dark and pick our pockets

According to Economist Ed King, the oil companies and the state are collecting about the same amount of net revenues for oil production in Alaska.… Continue reading

This March 31, 2018 photo shows an offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet from a beach in Nikiski, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl | Peninsula Clarion)
The Willoughby District, including the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, is seen here on Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

The New JACC — A worthy project, but not now

I’m not in favor of using CBJ property tax monies to fund building the new Juneau Arts and Culture Center. In fact, I do not… Continue reading

  • Sep 3, 2018
The Willoughby District, including the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, is seen here on Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Alaska’s Congressional delegation joins Alzheimer’s fight

My name is Cindy Harris and I am a volunteer ambassador in Alaska for the Alzheimer’s Association. I am an advocate for individuals and families… Continue reading