Letters to the Editor

Opinion: An attack on our courts is an attack on our democracy

Our founding fathers set up our three branches of government to be independent of each other. Now some Republican members of Congress are attacking our… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2023
  • By Gary Miller
A king salmon reeled in near Lena Beach in Juneau makes its way toward a cooler on board a boat via a net.  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Winter king salmon troll fishery remains important

When the Alaska Department of Fish & Game implemented the winter king salmon troll fishery years ago, it was to provide income in Southeast Alaska… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2023
A king salmon reeled in near Lena Beach in Juneau makes its way toward a cooler on board a boat via a net.  (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Restricting judges from upholding the Alaska Constitution

Before the Alaska Senate Judiciary and Health and Social Services committees is anti-abortion bill Senate Joint Resolution 2 sponsored by Sen. Shelly Hughes. This is… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2023
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Opinion: Message to banks: Cut it out or we’ll cut it up

If we follow the money we can see just how dependent Big Oil is on four of our biggest banks.

  • Mar 20, 2023
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(Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Recent compost letter was right on the money

The recent letter to the Juneau Empire editor from Frank Bergstrom calling for the city to expand the market for compost is right on target… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2023
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(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: City should expand the market for compost

What if there was a market for garbage?

  • Mar 6, 2023
  • Frank Bergstrom
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
A picture showing the Juneau road system ending at Cascade Point in Berners Bay in May 2006.  (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Cost effective for whom?

It is interesting that current and former employees of the Department of Transportation and Public facilities are promoting the idea of building a new ferry… Continue reading

  • Feb 28, 2023
A picture showing the Juneau road system ending at Cascade Point in Berners Bay in May 2006.  (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
A Capital Transit bus approaches a stop near the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center on a snowy day. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Take a community journey on the bus

Having lived in Juneau a year or two, I have had many opportunities to use our public transit system. Yes, the bus can be inconvenient… Continue reading

A Capital Transit bus approaches a stop near the SEARHC Ethel Lund Medical Center on a snowy day. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Senate Bill 63 emboldens the dereliction of promoted duty

As a 25-year Alaska resident and vested member of an organized human purpose (that, of “seeking fulfilled happiness” individually, and as a community-state-nation of organic… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2023
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Sewer lines and landfills are more needed than an arts center

Sewer line along North Douglas Highway only runs from the bridge to Bonnie Brae subdivision…

  • Feb 18, 2023
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Centennial Hall, left, and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Capital Civic Center would enrich Juneau

I can’t think of a better project to help ensure Juneau remains a great place to live…

  • Feb 10, 2023
  • By Susan Schrader
Centennial Hall, left, and the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Fund the ferries

Let’s not “mess this up.”

  • Feb 9, 2023
  • Dyani Chapman
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Dozens of Juneau teachers, students and residents gather at the steps of the Alaska State Capitol Monday evening in advocacy for an increase in the state’s flat funding via the base student allocation. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: What kind of schools do our children deserve?

I applaud the Alaska Senate for making the first move to fix Alaska’s education crisis.

  • Feb 8, 2023
Dozens of Juneau teachers, students and residents gather at the steps of the Alaska State Capitol Monday evening in advocacy for an increase in the state’s flat funding via the base student allocation. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
The Tazlina docks in Auke Bay. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Unpacking the implications of a Cascade Point terminal

Let’s look at some of the unsaid items.

  • Feb 6, 2023
  • By Margo Waring
The Tazlina docks in Auke Bay. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File)
This photo available under a Creative Commons license shows a Glock17 with a cable lock.

Opinion: Bill that would have Alaskans secure guns in their homes would save lives

I’m a grandma and I have trigger-locks on the guns in my house.

  • Jan 26, 2023
This photo available under a Creative Commons license shows a Glock17 with a cable lock.
(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: SEACC donation page should reflect legal spending

When you click on the “donate” tab on the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council’s website, you are met with the following message: “Thank you for your… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2023
(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: ‘Well regulated’ and the Second Amendment

“A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2023
  • By John S. Sonin
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Alaska student governments endorse carbon rebates as a climate solution

There isn’t a minute to lose.

  • Dec 26, 2022
  • By Jowielle Corpuz
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The City and Borough of Juneau is conducting a short online survey about what the community wants to see from Marine Park ahead of renovations. (Courtesy Photo / CBJ)

Opinion: Overcrowding concerns undersell local park

Marine Park is available for my use, I am not deterred from visiting it by the tourists.

  • Dec 21, 2022
  • By Tony Sholty
The City and Borough of Juneau is conducting a short online survey about what the community wants to see from Marine Park ahead of renovations. (Courtesy Photo / CBJ)
An election official helps a voter feed their completed and sealed ballot into the ballot box on Election Day 2022. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Ranked choice is successful

There’s now hope that lawmakers can finally work across the aisle to solve problems.

  • Nov 30, 2022
An election official helps a voter feed their completed and sealed ballot into the ballot box on Election Day 2022. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)