Letters to the Editor

Vote against Ballot Measure One

I read Cook Inlet Keepers’, Stand for Salmon’s, and the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s pro-House Bill 199 opinion and find their salmon solution conclusions to be… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

Vote for Karen Taug

The purpose of this letter is to encourage Sealaska Shareholders to support independent candidate Karen Taug for election to the board of directors. We are… Continue reading

  • May 31, 2018
  • By Margaret Nelson

What largess?

In his May 21 My Turn, Todd Smoldon is thankful that there are no new taxes but disparaging of the use of the permanent fund… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2018

Raise the ball pit minimum wage

Between Senate Bill 91, SB 54, and whate’er godless refuse the Senate shall curse our great state with next, one might start to wonder if… Continue reading

  • May 23, 2018

Net neutrality needed

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski did the right thing when she voted recently to protect net neutrality; it is unfortunate U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan did not.… Continue reading

  • May 19, 2018
  • By Zach Fields

Ambler Road is a zombie mega project, eating away at Alaska’s cash resources

A recent House Resources committee hearing on the 211-mile Ambler Road Proposal illustrates how prevalent knee-jerk development financing has become in this state, despite looming… Continue reading

  • May 17, 2018

White House Correspondents Dinners are a farce

The recent kerfuffle over the comedian at the White House Correspondents Dinner is small potatoes compared to the larger issue. Should the press and the… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2018

Cartoonist was pointing out hypocrisy, not ridiculing faith

“Matthew 25:35. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2018

Refuse to print cartoons that ridicule faith

I am a staunch supporter of free speech. In the past hundred years, we have suffered through Margaret Sanger’s extolling eugenics to the hateful rantings… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

We need to find a per diem pay schedule that’s fair to Juneau legislators

I was sad to read the Legislative Council rejected a proposal to create a fair system of remuneration for all legislators that supports the goal… Continue reading

  • Apr 30, 2018
  • By Juneau Empire

Juneau needs new leadership

Because none of the three members of Juneau’s legislative delegation are running for re-election in November, it is really important to elect new people who… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2018

Close all Southeast to salmon fishing until mid-June to save salmon stocks

The Chilkat River king salmon numbers are so low that without a serious conservation effort they could be at a tipping point toward extinction. Three… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2018

Support a smoke-free Alaska

Senate Bill 63, for a smoke-free Alaska, should be considered no-brainer legislation. It is a lifesaving (and money saving) bill that is supported by a… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2018

How to fix America’s military

Our school budget is being cut again. Our police departments run short staff with dwindling budgets. It’s the same story with almost all public sector… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2018

Protect schools from gun violence

We don’t hear of shootings in the congressional buildings. Congress has great security to protect themselves. At the same time, Congress refuses to take actions… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2018

Loss of auto shop hurts students

All across the country there has been renewed interest in vocational education, now commonly known as CTE (Career Technical Education). Montana recently doubled its annual… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2018

Rude behavior from Alaska Airlines staff to Folk Fest performers

On the morning of April 16, my sister — singer/songwriter Hope Griffin — and her accompanying cellist JamieLeigh Bennett, having traveled thousands of miles on… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2018

Stick with the tried and true

Ben Speciale’s March 30 My Turn “Modernize recreational fishing – the big picture” misses an important point: anyone who pulls a wild fish from the… Continue reading

  • Apr 15, 2018
  • By Eric Booton

Rural help disappearing

Another recent casualty of reduced federal and state funding for social services is the on-site rural support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska. While… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2018

State funding for Ambler Mining Road is irresponsible

On April 6, the state legislature held a hearing on the feasibility of building a private industrial road from the Dalton highway to copper deposits… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2018