Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Alaska’s Congressional delegation joins Alzheimer’s fight

My name is Cindy Harris and I am a volunteer ambassador in Alaska for the Alzheimer’s Association. I am an advocate for individuals and families… Continue reading

In this July 28, 2018, photo, Alyse Galvin addresses a group of volunteers in Anchorage, Alaska, before they set out to campaign door-to-door on her behalf. Galvin is one of the candidates running in the Aug. 21 Democratic primary for U.S. House in Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Opinion: Support Alyse Galvin in the primary

I support Alyse Galvin in the Aug. 21 primary and her attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Don Young as Alaska’s representative to Congress. I like… Continue reading

In this July 28, 2018, photo, Alyse Galvin addresses a group of volunteers in Anchorage, Alaska, before they set out to campaign door-to-door on her behalf. Galvin is one of the candidates running in the Aug. 21 Democratic primary for U.S. House in Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Opinion: Defend the First Amendment

I am disappointed in U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s silence in the wake of this administrations attacks on the Department of Justice, the FBI and the… Continue reading

Walker, Mallott have proven commitment to education

As I head into my 30th year as a teacher in the Juneau School District, I have high hopes that Gov. Bill Walker and Lt.… Continue reading

  • Aug 16, 2018

Gov. Walker supports killing bear mothers and cubs in dens

The killing of a mother black bear and her “shrieking” cubs at their snow-covered den in Prince William Sound in April by an Alaska “hunter,”… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2018

Empty piggy banks can’t pay dividends

Don’t blame Gov. Bill Walker for cutting the dividend; blame Mike Dunleavy and State Senate Majority who let the piggy bank run dry. They’ve been… Continue reading

Smoking cruise ship in Juneau

Sunday morning dawned clear and windless. A perfect day in Juneau. Enter the Radiance of the Sea, a cruise ship with a passenger capacity of… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2018

Keep Juneau unique and sustainable

Rich Moniak’s column in Sunday’s paper, called “The problem with resurrecting the great road debate,” was spot on. The Road debate sage is on simmer… Continue reading

Early learning: Child care or preschool?

People often ask me “what is the difference between a child care and a preschool?” As director of the Children’s House at Montessori Borealis Public… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

Repeal SB 91 completely

I am writing this letter to the people of Juneau and Alaska, in the hopes that it will help inform as many Alaskan citizens that… Continue reading

Juneau drivers need to slow down

Come on, Juneau drivers. Get your act together. What is the big hurry? You are driving a lethal weapon. Cellphone against your ear, puppy on… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2018
The Alaska State Capitol is seen Saturday, May 12, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Dunleavy supports Juneau as capital

As I volunteer on the Mike Dunleavy for Governor campaign, I have been asked whether or not Dunleavy supports keeping the capital in Juneau. Dunleavy… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol is seen Saturday, May 12, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Kavanaugh is the wrong choice for Supreme Court

President Trump has nominated federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Judge Kavanaugh has a paper trail from… Continue reading

  • Jul 13, 2018

Where are the parents?

A few years ago, my granddaughter left her brand new scooter (with name scribbled underneath) at RALLY. Next day it was gone. We posted a… Continue reading

Fireworks set off on shore along with a cruise ship illuminate Juneau’s waterfront prior to the city-funded fireworks show in Juneau’s downtown Harbor on Tuesday, July 3, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Where are our keepers of the peace?

The Fourth of July was one holiday I used to look forward to. Not anymore. Now it is just a torture! The once revered holiday… Continue reading

  • Jul 9, 2018
Fireworks set off on shore along with a cruise ship illuminate Juneau’s waterfront prior to the city-funded fireworks show in Juneau’s downtown Harbor on Tuesday, July 3, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Where are our keepers of the peace?

The Fourth of July was one holiday I used to look forward to. Not anymore. Now it is just a torture! The once revered holiday… Continue reading

  • Jul 9, 2018
  • By SUZANNE HAIGHT

Loud fireworks should be banned

I have lived in the Mendenhall Valley for 34 years. Consumer fireworks were not an issue for most of those years. When the city fireworks… Continue reading

Personal use of fireworks should be open to a public vote

Another Fourth of July suffering through eight-10 hours of unending firework displays all around us. Do I have rights about having peace and quiet in… Continue reading

Pharmacy plan may affect retiree benefits

It has come to our attention that Gov. Bill Walker has unilaterally decided to enroll Alaska Public Employees’ Retirement System and Teachers’ Retirement System Retirees… Continue reading

  • Jul 3, 2018
Former Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich greets and speaks to Juneau residents interested in his campaign for governor at the IBEW Local 1547 Union office on Thursday, June 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Our labor rights are on the line

During the Great Depression, 15 million Americans were unemployed and many of the few who did have jobs were exposed to horrific working conditions. It… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018
Former Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich greets and speaks to Juneau residents interested in his campaign for governor at the IBEW Local 1547 Union office on Thursday, June 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)