Letters to the Editor

Opinion: I will be voting against Republican inaction

I will be voting against Republican inaction I’m going to vote against Senator Sullivan in November. It’s going to be a huge personal tragedy for… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2020
This photo shows absentee ballot paperwork sent to an Alaskan voter in July 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Our elected officials should support the Vote Safe Act

It is the only American thing to do.

  • Jul 30, 2020
This photo shows absentee ballot paperwork sent to an Alaskan voter in July 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
This photo shows absentee ballot paperwork sent to an Alaskan voter in July 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Young and old should stay home and vote

I will be voting from college 3,000 miles away from home.

  • Jul 29, 2020
This photo shows absentee ballot paperwork sent to an Alaskan voter in July 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: A not-so green deal

Proctor and Gamble’s paper product marketing campaign epitomizes the delusional dialectic that is co-opting democracy with its misinformation and brainwashing those less informed with populist… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2020

Opinion: I hope Alaskans will join me in opposing Proposition 2

I’m tired of outside, dark money groups and individual rich outsiders trying to manipulate Alaskans.

The governor and Department of Public Safety condemned Google in a news release after the company would not allow Alaska State Troopers to pay for further distribution of an ad, July 17, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: A question about diversity

How much emphasis does troopers’ advertising place on recruiting women and racial minorities?

  • Jul 22, 2020
The governor and Department of Public Safety condemned Google in a news release after the company would not allow Alaska State Troopers to pay for further distribution of an ad, July 17, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Now is the time to remembers oaths

If not now, when?

  • Jul 21, 2020

Opinion: Explaining the concept of white privilege

It doesn’t mean your life can’t be hard.

  • Jul 20, 2020

Opinion: Here’s why I’m voting for the oil tax referendum

I hope everyone votes yes on Proposition 1.

  • Jul 13, 2020

Opinion: I agree, Sullivan needs to speak up

My compliments on the July 5 opinion piece by Rich Moniak in the Empire. [Opinion: Fear of the president’s immature tweets] I appreciate the distinction… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2020

Opinion: U.S. should end economic sanctions

If there were one action by which the U.S. could easily stimulate the economy, slow the spread of the coronavirus, strengthen our national security and… Continue reading

  • Jul 1, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Moving Seward could make room for other statues

Moving the statue to a less dominant position would allow for the addition of others.

  • Jun 30, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Forward progress is a slow process

Think of Chief Seattle and Rodney King.

  • Jun 29, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A petition has been circulating online calling for the statue’s removal, citing Seward’s relationship with Alaska Natives. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Save Seward

We should be proud of Seward as an abolitionist.

  • Jun 28, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A petition has been circulating online calling for the statue’s removal, citing Seward’s relationship with Alaska Natives. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Seward has an inspiring legal legacy

Seward’s courageous and early role as a defense lawyer should be inspiring.

  • Jun 24, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Now, is the time to develop empathy on a personal, community and governmental level

Now, is a very fertile, rich, and urgent moment.

  • Jun 24, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Would we really have been better off without Seward?

have a couple questions for those that want to remove the statue of William H. Seward.

  • Jun 22, 2020

Opinion: Our life in a war zone

It is the U.S. Military supplying municipalities with battlefield weapons raising civilian cries.

  • Jun 17, 2020

Opinion: Here’s why we shouldn’t defund the police

I’ve watched with dismay and frankly a good bit of anger at calls to defund the police.

  • Jun 9, 2020
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, greets legislators as she arrives in the House chamber for her annual speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Praise for Murkowski’s Statements on Racism, Equality, Justice

I would like to register my support for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s words.

  • Jun 8, 2020
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, greets legislators as she arrives in the House chamber for her annual speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)