Letters to the Editor

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

Letter: Missing men in Ketchikan

I am a family member of one of Ketchikan’s Missing Men. His name is Roy V. Banhart and he has been missing since Dec. 30,… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2016

Letter: We need a new Supreme Court justice now

Imagine Donald Trump, a Republican, getting elected president and the Republicans retaining control of both the House and Senate. With the Republicans in the Senate… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2016

Letter: Waste removal near Snow Slide Creek

I just moved to Juneau this past August and now live on Thane Road. I may not know much about Juneau but I do know… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2016

Letter: Suicide is preventable

With the recent public suicide in Juneau, the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition wants to reassure community members there is hope. There is no denying that… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2016

Letter: A different perspective on Planned Parenthood

The March 6 issue of the Juneau Empire included students and others who were quoted in support of Planned Parenthood in our schools, claiming that… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2016

Letter: My budget solution

I have found the solution to the state of Alaska’s budget problems. Just follow these steps and all budget problems will just disappear. First, reinstate… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2016

Letter: The road to no where on Douglas Island

In these times of fiscal austerity, restraint and retrenchment where we are all being asked to cut essentials, some folks are pursuing their dream at… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2016