Letters to the Editor

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Opinion: Kiehl is the real deal on education

It’s easy to say, “I support education.” Every politician in this hemisphere shouts it from the rooftops — and most of the time, all they… Continue reading

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Alyse Galvin, Alaska’s independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, holds a town hall-style meeting to an overflowing room at Centennial Hall on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: I’m voting Alyse Galvin for real change

Time is running short. We have a chance to make a real change in Alaska by electing independent candidate Alyse Galvin for U.S. House. Her… Continue reading

Alyse Galvin, Alaska’s independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, holds a town hall-style meeting to an overflowing room at Centennial Hall on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Mike Dunleavy can’t be trusted

I find it disturbing that Mike Dunleavy’s campaign promises are the exact opposite of his record. Before he quit the legislature, he voted for the… Continue reading

Opinion: Vote for who’s working for our future

Thanks to Gov. Bill Walker for his four years of service. He really did his best to put Alaska first under some tough circumstances. On… Continue reading

Opinion: Vote no on Ballot Measure 1

Alaska does not have a problem with salmon habitat in its streams and rivers.

Alyse Galvin, Alaska’s independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, holds a town hall-style meeting to an overflowing room at Centennial Hall on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Galvin is the change we need

I am so very proud and appreciative of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, for acting on principle rather than partisanship. She is a sharp contrast… Continue reading

Alyse Galvin, Alaska’s independent candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, holds a town hall-style meeting to an overflowing room at Centennial Hall on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sara Hannan, running as an Democrat for state House District 33, talks about her campaign during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Vote Hannan for HD 33

I’m voting for Sara Hannan because she is the most qualified candidate to serve our long-time democratic district. Hannan has trained for this job all… Continue reading

Sara Hannan, running as an Democrat for state House District 33, talks about her campaign during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Assembly member and legislative candidate Jerry Nankervis chairs a public safety committee meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Why I support Jerry Nankervis for House

As a 30-year Juneau resident, I have always shied away from publicly voicing my political opinions. However for the first time ever, I’m openly supporting… Continue reading

Assembly member and legislative candidate Jerry Nankervis chairs a public safety committee meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Jesse Kiehl, running as an Democrat for state Senate District Q, talks about his campaign during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Kiehl’s experience makes him a strong candidate

I’m supporting Jesse Kiehl for Senate for a couple reasons. At a time when our Juneau delegation is all new, Kiehl brings the experience of… Continue reading

Jesse Kiehl, running as an Democrat for state Senate District Q, talks about his campaign during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
In this screenshot from a video stream provided by the Alaska Federation of Natives, Gov. Bill Walker waves to the crowd on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 after announcing that he has suspended his bid for re-election and is supporting the Democratic candidate, Mark Begich. (Screenshot)

Opinion: Elect Mark Begich as governor

I attended the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on Friday and watched with great sadness as Gov. Bill Walker announced the suspension of his campaign.… Continue reading

In this screenshot from a video stream provided by the Alaska Federation of Natives, Gov. Bill Walker waves to the crowd on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 after announcing that he has suspended his bid for re-election and is supporting the Democratic candidate, Mark Begich. (Screenshot)
In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, Democratic nominee for governor of Alaska Mark Begich, right, speaks as Gov. Bill Walker listens during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, On Friday, Oct. 19, Walker announced he was dropping his bid for re-election, though his name remains on the ballot. He threw his support behind Begich, who will face Republican Mike Dunleavy in November. (AP Photo | Becky Bohrer File)
In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, Democratic nominee for governor of Alaska Mark Begich, right, speaks as Gov. Bill Walker listens during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, On Friday, Oct. 19, Walker announced he was dropping his bid for re-election, though his name remains on the ballot. He threw his support behind Begich, who will face Republican Mike Dunleavy in November. (AP Photo | Becky Bohrer File)
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Opinion: Nankervis opposes equal rights

As a 25-year Juneau resident, I deeply appreciate that the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly took the forward step in August 2016 by voting… Continue reading

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In this June 21, 2017 file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo | J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Opinion: Republicans need to back the Russia investigation

Republican support for special council Robert Mueller’s investigation has been disappointingly low. I have been a proud Republican, and one of the central pillars of… Continue reading

In this June 21, 2017 file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo | J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Opinion: Fish can’t vote yes on Ballot Measure 1, but you can

Vote for the fish on Nov. 6 because they can’t vote for themselves. The foundation of our ecosystem and our economy is salmon. The seafood… Continue reading

Sara Hannan, running as an Democrat for state House District 33, talks about her campaign during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Sara Hannan, running as an Democrat for state House District 33, talks about her campaign during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Andi Story is running for Alaska House District 34. (Michael Pennn | Juneau Empire)

Letter: We support Andi Story for the House

We support Andi Story for House We have lived in Juneau for more than 40 years, most all of those in the Mendenhall Valley. When… Continue reading

Andi Story is running for Alaska House District 34. (Michael Pennn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Why I’m voting yes on Ballot Measure 1

As a commercial fisherman and Alaska resident, I believe it is my responsibility to vote in the upcoming general election, and to make the most… Continue reading

Chum salmon swim beneath the surface of Salmon Creek on Monday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: A few facts on Ballot Measure 1

If you are uncertain about how to vote on our Ballot Measure 1/Stand for Salmon on Nov. 6 because you’ve heard so many conflicting opinions,… Continue reading

Chum salmon swim beneath the surface of Salmon Creek on Monday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2015. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this July 28, 2018, photo, Alyse Galvin addresses a group of volunteers in Anchorage, Alaska, before they set out to campaign door-to-door on her behalf. Galvin is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young in the Nov. 6 Election Day. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Opinion: Vote Galvin for a new ‘Alyse on life’

Alaska’s population is the most spread out of all the fifty states at one person per square mile. We are diverse, and we are separated… Continue reading

In this July 28, 2018, photo, Alyse Galvin addresses a group of volunteers in Anchorage, Alaska, before they set out to campaign door-to-door on her behalf. Galvin is running against incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young in the Nov. 6 Election Day. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Andi Story is running for Alaska House District 34. (Michael Pennn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Andi Story is the best choice for schools

I met Andi Story the first time my family and I attended Northern Light Church. I chose this church because of its strong commitment to… Continue reading

Andi Story is running for Alaska House District 34. (Michael Pennn | Juneau Empire)