Letters to the Editor

(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Unintended consequences of tourism — a plea for a balanced Auke Bay

I am a resident of Auke Bay who has watched our neighborhood undergo a transformation that is difficult to reconcile with the community we once… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Tourism industry overran Hoonah; don’t let it happen in Juneau

I am a Hoonah tribal member and ANCSA shareholder, Juneau born and raised, and moved to my home village in 1981. I recently moved back… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Assembly way off track — time for a course correction

My name is Molly Duvall. I was born in Petersburg and am living in Juneau now for the second time since 1990. I’m a working… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Permanent Fund needs to stop investing in fossil fuel stocks

Three weeks ago the Empire published an article that raised the specter of the Permanent Fund’s Earning Reserve Account running out of money in the… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Knowing your tourism limitations

Reducing driving speed in a school zone protects children. Restricting the catch of king salmon helps manage a fishery, while a prescription drug dosage is… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Claims of Justice Department being weaponized against Trump don’t make sense

Some Republicans in Congress are claiming that the Justice Department is being weaponized against Trump. If that is so, then how is the Justice Department… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Lawful vs. disrespectful treatment of U.S. flag

In response to Art Morris’s comments regarding the difference between disrespect and lawful treatment of the American flag: I am well aware of what is… Continue reading

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Why the urgency in appointing Loren Jones to the Assembly?

At the end of the July 10 Assembly meeting (specifically at 10:17 p.m.), after the Assembly honored departing member Carole Triem who resigned, Mayor Beth… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Clean up after setting off fireworks at Outer Point

Dear Fourth of July Outer Point fireworks revelers: Please know that this is not an anti-fireworks denunciation. I am all for having fun with pyrotechnic… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities employees met at Discover Eaglecrest Day on Sept. 17, 2022, to field questions regarding the Juneau Douglas North Crossing Planning and Environmental Linkages Study. This photo shows a map of potential locations proposed so far for the construction of the bridge if it comes to fruition. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Second Juneau-Douglas crossing won’t fix low- and middle-income housing woes

The article on the second crossing in the Empire on June 28 dredges up the old statement that “if developed, the crossing would open nearly… Continue reading

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities employees met at Discover Eaglecrest Day on Sept. 17, 2022, to field questions regarding the Juneau Douglas North Crossing Planning and Environmental Linkages Study. This photo shows a map of potential locations proposed so far for the construction of the bridge if it comes to fruition. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Appreciate the freedom to tell stories, listen and engage

Sincere and multiple kudos to Alexander Dolitsky for his My Turn of June 19, 2023, in his discussion with Rebecca about “What is Freedom?” This… Continue reading

Letter: Hoping for a favorable ruling as king salmon troller season nears

Folks following the Wild Fish Conservancy lawsuit that seeks to shut down commercial king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska may not be aware of the… Continue reading

Letter: A safer alternative to Fred Meyer intersection

Regarding the dangerous intersection for left turns off Egan southbound, I didn’t see anything in your article about simply closing that left-turn lane. Drivers can… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2023

Letter: Assembly’s lack of action on short-term rentals irresponsible

I was sorry to read in the paper that the ordinance to register short-term rentals had been sent back to committee instead of being approved.… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2023

Letter: LGBTQ+ flag at federal building was proper

LGBTQ+ flag at federal building was proper In response to Tom Dawson’s letter about flying the LGBTQ+ flag on the same staff as the U.S.… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2023

Opinion: Empire disrespects the flag

Empire disrespects the flag Shame on you. I am extremely disappointed in the Juneau Empire for running a queer story and showing the queer flag… Continue reading

  • Jun 3, 2023

Opinion: Time to prevent the circular firing squad

Time to prevent the circular firing squad I’m developing an almost vitriolic disdain for any politician (I’m looking at you, “Grand Old Party”) who stands… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2023

Rebuttal: Ignell ignorant about realities of Juneau’s housing market

Rebuttal: Ignell ignorant about realities of Juneau’s housing market In the few years that I’ve been reading the writings of self-proclaimed forensic journalist David Ignell,… Continue reading

Opinion: Telephone Hill homes worth preserving

Telephone Hill homes worth preserving Juneau’s history is preserved and told in many ways. A piece of that history is embodied in the historic neighborhood… Continue reading

Opinion: Sackett ruling is a victory for Juneau and all of Alaska

I was thrilled to see the U.S. Supreme Court rule in favor of private property rights…

  • May 27, 2023