Letters to the Editor

Heavy metals run out of the Tulsequah Chief mine opening and down to holding ponds next to the Tulsequah River Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: Mining industry claims don’t hold water

British Columbians do care about protecting the environment. Mining industry should follow suit.

  • Sep 14, 2021

 

Third-generation Alaskan and Juneau-transplant Paul Kelly hopes to join the Juneau City Assembly and has recently kicked off his campaign for the seat. He currently serves on the board for Juneau Public Schools. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire File)

I’m supporting Paul Kelly for CBJ Assembly. Here’s why

He is a lifelong Alaskan who has been active in the Juneau community since 2017

  • Sep 14, 2021

 

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Opinion: We need a better governor

I am writing in support of former longtime Rep. Les Gara.

  • Sep 14, 2021

 

In this file photo Bartlett Regional Hospital pharmacist Chris Sperry holds a vial of COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Viral spread should be attributed to vaccine hesitancy

If you are concerned about the vaccine, contact your medical provider.

  • Sep 6, 2021
In this file photo Bartlett Regional Hospital pharmacist Chris Sperry holds a vial of COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Government should not require masks

I do not need the government controlling what I wear or my health decisions.

  • Sep 1, 2021
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Roadless Rule reinstatement doesn’t hamper mining

Management of the Tongass’ resources must be based on facts.

  • Sep 1, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Be careful with campfires

The only safe fire to leave is one that is completely out and cold to the touch.

  • Aug 23, 2021
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Opinion: Masking and distancing are important —even for vaccinated people

Vaccinated and unvaccinated people should both be playing by the same rules.

  • Aug 20, 2021
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Opinion: Lessons not learned

As a Vietnam veteran, I am disgusted that history seems to repeat itself…

  • Aug 18, 2021
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Opinion: I applaud the school board’s decision

I am in strong support of the effort to control the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

  • Aug 12, 2021
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Opinion: Murkowski should oppose pro-union bill

I hope Senator Murkowski sees how the PRO Act is wrong for Alaska.

  • Aug 10, 2021
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Opinion: The fierce urgency of our agency

We must call our congressional delegates and implore they support HR. 2101 and S. 1167.

  • Aug 9, 2021
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(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Why we need a logging-free Tongass

The highly subsidized logging industry has been valued over the natural world…

  • Aug 3, 2021
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

I appreciate Murkowski’s leadership on infrastructure

Thank you to Senator Murkowski. Her willingness to compromise will benefit true Alaskans if President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill passes. I hope her boldness will… Continue reading

  • Aug 2, 2021
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Opinion: City mask policy means we’ll vacation elsewhere

What was the point of getting vaccinated if we still need to be shamed into wearing masks?

  • Jul 21, 2021
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Opinion: Lawmakers must consider seniors during PFD deliberations

I hope they remember that 130,000 Alaskans are senior citizens.

  • Jul 19, 2021
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Opinion: Stone-Manning is right person to lead Bureau of Land Management

I urge Senator Murkowski to make a commitment to our future by confirming Tracy Stone-Stone-Manning.

  • Jul 13, 2021
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Opinion: We need more like Mike Gravel

If more of our politicians were like him, we’d be an extraordinarily better country.

  • Jun 28, 2021
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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
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)