Letters to the Editor

Letter: SB 207 shifts costs but doesn’t reduce them

While the Alaska Senate says that we need to reduce the size and scope of government, Senate Bill 207 does nothing to reduce the size… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2016

Letter: National Parks are good neighbors

Last week’s Empire article about the National Park Service helping the state by cleaning up and maintaining the Baranof Castle State Historical Site and Old… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2016

Letter: Pass the buck please

Some legislators are saying no to income taxes. Some are saying don’t touch the Permanent Fund Dividend checks. Some are saying Alska should use its… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2016

Letter: Run for office

Dear reader, you need to run for the Alaska Legislature. Seriously. For example, on the Kenai Peninsula we’ve got three socialists representing us right now… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2016

Letter: Climate change is definately real

It is beyond my understanding how anyone, especially those in leadership roles, can question the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have pushed the planets… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2016

Letter: A welcome home for Vietnam vets

Throughout the span of the Vietnam War, nearly three million military personnel served with distinction, roughly 1,300 were kept as prisoners of war or went… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016

Letter: Solution to the budget crunch

Here are my thoughts on how to fix the fiscal deficit: Give everyone who is eligible for the dividend $100,000 and the Legislature can have… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016

Letter: Why were the Calhoun Avenue trees cut down?

I regularly walk a mile around the upper-downtown area and along Calhoun Avnue. I pass by two, actually three, magnificent cottonwoods in their four seasons… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016

Letter: Budget constraint

Dear AK Legislators,If you honestly believe that a civil application of criminal justice can be bestowed through private hands; believing “good guys with a gun”… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016

Letter: Open letter to Alaska State Legislators concerning SB 210 and HB 338

On behalf of many Juneau seniors, I am writing to oppose SB 210 and HB 338 as written. My major concern is the provision which… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016

Letter: Trauma within the psychiatric setting

Alaska government agencies have mistreated acute care psychiatric patients forever and it seems like they just can’t stop even when there are acceptable alternatives.There is… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2016

Letter: Kick the caucus to the curb

Saturday was the Democratic caucus in Alaska, as well as in other states, and while the turnout appeared to be large, this method of selecting… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2016

Letter: Juneau Access Project

The road from Juneau to the Katzehin River and Haines is paid in full. We could build it tomorrow without any additional finances. It’s not… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2016

Letter: Alaska Aerospace Corporation

The Alaska Aerospace Corporation (AAC) has $4 million of unused funds left over from last year, and had legislators done their job and passed HB… Continue reading

  • Mar 24, 2016

Letter: The first rule of good governance is to do not harm

Developing and improving Alaska’s school system takes a great deal of thought, planning and cooperation of all Alaskan stakeholders. We should not tie the value… Continue reading

  • Mar 24, 2016

Letter: Nothing happened to the Senate Finance Committee

It’s outrageous that the Senate Finance Committee refuses to consider new taxes. Instead, they want to deplete Alaska’s savings! For what? Their own political careers?… Continue reading

  • Mar 23, 2016

Letter: In response to Gruening’s article on the election

In Win Gruening’s editorial in the Friday, March 18 Juneau Empire titled “Special election, indeed,” he should have informed his readers that he is a… Continue reading

  • Mar 23, 2016

Letter: In response to C. Nielsen’s concerns

My name is Dorion Hobbs. I live here in Juneau, and I own and operate S.E. Underwater Services. My company was tasked with the demolition… Continue reading

  • Mar 23, 2016

Letter: Come see ‘Just Eat It’

Can you believe that every year in the U.S. more than 133 billion, yes billion, pounds of usable food is thrown away? That’s 31 percent… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2016

Letter: Hold hearings for Supreme Court vacancy

I called my Alaska senators today. My recommendation to them is that they proceed with the Merrick Garland hearings for the Supreme Court position. I’ve… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2016