Letters to the Editor

Letter: Why I support the Juneau access road

I support the Juneau access road! A highway could bring many new visitors from outside as well as from our neighboring communities of Haines and… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2016

Letter: International agreements needed with B.C.

The issue of B.C. mining in the transboundary Taku, Stikine and Unuk watersheds has finally gotten some national attention, with the New York Times recently… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2016

Letter: Mary Becker should continue as mayor

It surprised and saddened me to read comments about how Mary Becker is being treated by her fellow Assembly members, saying Juneau deserves an “elected”… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2016

Letter: Crane and the AML’s repeal of senior citizen property tax discounts

Juneau mayoral candidate Karen Crane is the 2014 past president of the board of directors of the Alaska Municipal League. The AML has published its… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2016

Letter: Support Karen Crane

We support Karen Crane for mayor.We have watched and worked with her on the Assembly, from 2010 to 2016, and have appreciated her values, responsiveness,… Continue reading

  • Feb 18, 2016

Letter: Volunteer of the Year nominations now open

Across Alaska, there are many dedicated volunteers whose helping hands and caring hearts positively impact the lives of others. The First Lady’s Volunteer of the… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2016

Letter: In support of Karen Crane for mayor

I am writing to thank Karen Crane for her willingness to run for Juneau’s mayor. I feel confident she will do a fine job. She… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2016

Letter: Protect our water and fish

International agreements are not based on trust and a handshake — they’re based on binding commitments, enforceable treaties and other specific measures to hold each… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2016

Letter: Carbon tax

I strongly believe the state of Alaska needs to implement a tax on carbon.In 2008, British Columbia implemented a C$10 per tonne of carbon dioxide… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2016

Letter: America is worth saving!

In 2011, I heard Sen. Marco Rubio (then a newly-elected senator) speak for the first time about the corruption in Washington and President Barack Obama’s… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2016

Letter: Budget woes

There is already undeniable public demand for President Barack Obama to take a key action that would expose much of the “dark money” corroding our… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2016

Letter: Genius without education is like silver in the mine

“Genius without education is like silver in the mine.” —Benjamin Franklin. One of the main purposes of public education is to ensure that gifted children… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2016

Letter: GOP selects Trump for Alaska

Is the Alaska GOP following the herd like the rest of the Donald Trump supporters? Yes. The Alaska Republican Party selected Donald Trump first and… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2016

Letter: Smokefree Workplaces bill needs consideration

The Alaska Legislature has recently formed a new sub-committee to look at two bills designed to reduce Medicaid costs. Though changing how health care is… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2016

Letter: Give Toxic-Free Children’s Act a chance

I am glad to hear that the Toxic-Free Children’s Act (SB 111, HB 199) received a hearing this week. This act would prevent the manufacture, sale… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2016

Letter: Support HB 187

Renewable energy solutions offer economic and environmental benefits for all Alaskans. Alaskans, especially from rural villages, are extremely dependent on fossil fuels for their energy… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2016

Letter: No light at the end of the road

I always chuckle with skepticism when reading retired business banker Win Gruening’s articles about the endless economical benefits of the proposed Juneau Access road.In his… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2016

Letter: Bring PFD lottery to Alaska

This is just to present an idea that State residents might consider desirable. The lower 48 States just completed a drawing for a $1.58 billion… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2016

Letter: On Sen. Sullivan’s RED Tape Act

One of Sen. Dan Sullivan’s signature initiatives, the Regulations Endanger Democracy (RED) Tape Act, has been the topic of good discussion in the Empire recently,… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2016

Letter: My candidacy is based on love, not contributions

Brothers and sisters, global warming is real. Our lives and the lives of today’s children and their children are in danger. The oceans are dying.… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2016