Letters to the Editor

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

Letter: Say no to Ambler Road

In Tuesday’s published interview with Gov. Bill Walker, the governor said that the state has allowed the proposed Ambler Road in the Interior to continue… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2016

Letter: The three-legged stool of participatory democracy

Registering to vote is just one part of “participatory democracy,” but it is critical.Our abysmal turn out for elections screams about the second critical part… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2016

Letter: Let the elderly, infants and pets live in peace

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, my neighborhood once again became a war zone. My wife and I had barely finished dinner when… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2016

Letter: Celebrate Alaska’s diversity

One of my passions as First Lady is building bridges between Alaska’s diverse cultures through education, appreciation and celebration. Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron… Continue reading

  • Dec 31, 2015

Letter: Stop running editorials denying climate change

I am writing to ask the Juneau Empire to do something that many people will regard as un-American. I’m asking you to stop running editorials… Continue reading

  • Dec 31, 2015

Letter: Be neighborly and lay off the fireworks

Please consider the well-being of your neighbors and refrain from setting off fireworks on New Year’s.In the Valley, firework users are achieving noise levels equivalent… Continue reading

  • Dec 31, 2015

Letter: Make the lines for alcohol shorter

The holidays are my favorite time of year. It’s filled with family dinners, theme parties and countless other winter traditions as we rush towards the… Continue reading

  • Dec 27, 2015

Letter: Kudos to Eaglecrest

Let’s applaud the folks at Eaglecrest! They are doing an outstanding job making sure Juneau has a place to play this winter. Once snow started… Continue reading

  • Dec 27, 2015

Letter: We need informed and involved voters

I support the motivation behind the initiative to register more voters but I did not sign the petition. It is not that difficult to register… Continue reading

  • Dec 27, 2015

Letter: Column on fossil fuels is full of half-truths

The Dec. 17 op-ed “The great human benefit of fossil fuels,” like most propaganda, is based on half-truths.Of course “cheap, powerfully efficient” fossil fuels played… Continue reading

  • Dec 23, 2015