Letters to the Editor

Letter: Statements on taking in refugees worthy of nation’s wall of shame

I can no longer remain silent about the fear and, in some cases bigotry, being propagated by prominent Alaska and national political leaders against admitting… Continue reading

  • Nov 24, 2015

Letter: Protect the disabled with better laws

Protecting the disabled does not come naturally to a society; it takes laws. The Alaska Legislature must give the rights (laws) to the disabled that… Continue reading

  • Nov 19, 2015

Letter: Revitalize Juneau for youth to flourish

With three murders in less than 30 days in a town of just over 32,000 people, and six heroin overdose deaths since February (not to… Continue reading

  • Nov 19, 2015

Letter: Pedestrian fatalities on the rise

With sunlight in increasingly short supply during this time of year, we are reminded of how important safe and well-designed streets and crosswalks are to… Continue reading

  • Nov 19, 2015

Letter: Save the old Gastineau Hotel

I noticed on the front page of the Nov. 11 Juneau Empire a photo of crows sitting in a window of the Gastineau Apartments building.… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2015

Letter: A former page’s perspective

To Rep. Cathy Munoz, of Juneau:It’s unlikely you remember me, but I was a page for the Alaska House of Representatives for the 2012-13 legislative… Continue reading

  • Nov 12, 2015

Letter: Ring a bell, wear a red poppy and honor vets

In 1915, during the second battle of Ypres, Lt. Col. John McCrae was burying a close friend, Alexis Helmer, who had been killed during the… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2015

Letter: After plane crash, a hopeful recovery

Martha Mackowiak’s recovery after a plane crash south of Haines on Nov. 4, continues to inspire, with wonder and amazement, the grace of God and… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2015

Letter: Cabin rental fee hike

I’m writing this letter in regard to the recent article about the proposed rise in cabin fees at USFS cabins. There are a couple errors… Continue reading

  • Nov 9, 2015

Letter: Stop by the new Mendenhall Valley library

Have you stopped by the new Mendenhall Valley library? It’s so easy to have a full schedule and just drive by, but it’s well worth… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015

Letter: Suicide is preventable

With the recent suicides and media coverage around the state, the Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition wants to reassure community members there is hope. Sometimes when… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015

Letter: Groups working to end domestic violence

October was an especially significant month for Alaskans. It was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, when community groups present events and activities to help improve… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015

Letter: Get money out of politics by executive order

The inexplicable U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Citizens United and McClutcheon are turning our nation into a deadly circus farce. Barring any social reason from… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 2015

Letter: I was at Sulphurets Creek

During the past four years, I have been heaing many untruths surrounding the potential KSM mine on Sulphurets Creek in British Columbia. The first misstatement… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

Letter: We need to make changes to mental health care

Alaska has tried just about every program and approach to address the negative effects of depression, mental illness and disabilities, except constructive criticism.A number of… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

Letter: Totem pole return warrants celebration, not recrimination

The Oct. 23 Associated Press article about the return of the Tuxecan totem pole (Alaska tribal members to get back totem pole taken by actor)… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

Letter: When we confuse exploitation with choice

During the past few months, I have been gratified to see so many community members reaching out, talking about and learning about drug abuse and… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2015

Letter: Time to change our ways on trapping

“She’s upset, she’s emotional about it,” said Zane Wilson, attorney for the trapper, in his closing arguments during last week’s court case involving sprung traps,… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2015

Letter: Time to honor Prop. 10

About 45 years ago (on the 1970 ballot), Alaskans were asked to approve Proposition 10 — the State General Obligation Ferry Construction asking for $21… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2015

Letter: Juneau is fortunate to have rescuers

I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Mountain Rescue, Temsco Helicopters and some very good friends for rescuing… Continue reading

  • Oct 20, 2015