Letters to the Editor

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Opinion: We need to pick up trash around Juneau.

Do you love our planet?

  • Dec 9, 2020
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Copies of the U.S. Constitution as well as “I voted” stickers are available to voters during the Municipal Election at AEL&P on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer announced the state’s August 2020 primary would be conducted in the traditional manner and pointed to the state’s already available alternative voting options in response to COVID-19 health concerns. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Data breach should mean consequences

This administration needs to show some leadership, for once.

  • Dec 6, 2020
Copies of the U.S. Constitution as well as “I voted” stickers are available to voters during the Municipal Election at AEL&P on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer announced the state’s August 2020 primary would be conducted in the traditional manner and pointed to the state’s already available alternative voting options in response to COVID-19 health concerns. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
A sign posted by Travel Juneau notes the pamphlet-filled visitor’s center kiosk is closed because of the pandemic. The center, located near the downtown library, opened in May 2019 during Infrastructure Week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: We can take steps toward reopening the visitor industry responsibly

The virus is taking a toll on our economy, so we’re setting our sights on the 2021 season and beyond.

  • Dec 1, 2020
A sign posted by Travel Juneau notes the pamphlet-filled visitor’s center kiosk is closed because of the pandemic. The center, located near the downtown library, opened in May 2019 during Infrastructure Week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This photo shows a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I’m thankful for election officials and USPS employees

If the current or future president can’t or won’t say thanks, then you and I should.

  • Nov 25, 2020
This photo shows a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Why is there no statewide mask mandate?

The doctors at the World Health Organizations say that we should wear face masks.

  • Nov 13, 2020
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Opinion: We can do better with recycling

This Sunday, Nov. 15, is America Recycles Day. It provides a great opportunity to reevaluate your families’ recycling habits. Every day, recyclable items are turned… Continue reading

  • Nov 13, 2020
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Unloaded firearms should be stored in a lockable gun cabinet, safe or locked vault. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Thomas Dow)

Opinion: Safe gun storage is an adult responsibility

On Sunday, Oct. 25, a 4 year old in Sitka found a loaded AK-47 in their home — and fired it. Please read that sentence… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2020
Unloaded firearms should be stored in a lockable gun cabinet, safe or locked vault. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Thomas Dow)
This photo shows a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Remember, we are fellow Alaskans

I am writing in support of all Alaskans.

  • Nov 9, 2020
This photo shows a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Nearly every voting booth is occupied at a polling place in Nugget Mall on Nov. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: All votes should count

“The electoral college does not represent us.”

  • Nov 6, 2020
Nearly every voting booth is occupied at a polling place in Nugget Mall on Nov. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: May we have a return to civility, tolerance and respect

When I think of the millions spent on ads, I think of the good that money could have done…

  • Nov 2, 2020
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U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview with the Juneau Empire at the Alaska State Capitol in February 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I’ve worked with and support Dan Sullivan

Dan was instrumental in spearheading the “Choose Respect” initiative.

  • Nov 2, 2020
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview with the Juneau Empire at the Alaska State Capitol in February 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Alyse Galvin speaks during a drive-in rally held Oct. 17 in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Galvin is an impressive candidate

Alyse stood in the wind and took questions from the audience, and she didn’t duck tough questions.

  • Nov 2, 2020
Alyse Galvin speaks during a drive-in rally held Oct. 17 in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Alyse Galvin speaks during a drive-in rally held Oct. 17 in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: It’s time for a representative who listens

Don Young is part of the swamp. Mr. Young came to the House in 1973 — almost half a century ago. He has been in… Continue reading

  • Nov 2, 2020
Alyse Galvin speaks during a drive-in rally held Oct. 17 in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Dr. Al Gross (courtesy photo)

Opinion: When was the last time you felt Southeast Alaska was truly represented in the Senate?

I’ve seen Al’s Southeast Alaskan skill set and expertise first hand.

  • Nov 2, 2020
Dr. Al Gross (courtesy photo)
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Opinion: Vote yes to retain Justice Carney

A vote to retain her is a vote for our constitutional system and judicial independence.

  • Nov 1, 2020
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Opinion: Does a ‘deliberative body’ know best?

The history of our current oil tax law casts doubt on that assumption.

  • Oct 31, 2020
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Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Property price disclosure is a good thing

I’m happy the Assembly gave the assessor another tool for determining the fairness of assessments.

  • Oct 29, 2020
Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Alyse Galvin, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks during a women's march and rally held Saturday in Juneau. Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Galvin will be an independent voice

I’ve known her for over 20 years and vouch for her sincerity, kindness, moral compass and enthusiasm.

  • Oct 22, 2020
Alyse Galvin, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, speaks during a women's march and rally held Saturday in Juneau. Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau

Opinion: Andi Story works hard for Juneau

Juneau needs every bit of clout in the Legislature as our state faces government deficit.

  • Oct 20, 2020
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska sits for an interview Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Sullivan supports local business

Sullivan’s support for small business is why I urge you to join me in voting for him on Nov.3.

  • Oct 15, 2020
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska sits for an interview Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)