Letters to the Editor

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I’m joining the chorus in voting against a constitutional convention

I encourage all to vote on Nov. 8 and vote against holding a constitutional convention.

  • Oct 17, 2022
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Vote no on constitutional convention to protect personal freedoms

I ask all Alaskans to come together and vote no.

  • Oct 11, 2022
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Join me in voting against a constitutional convention

Let’s pull together and vote no.

  • Oct 10, 2022
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U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, gave her annual address to the Alaska State Legislature Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at the Capitol building in Juneau. Murkowski’s speech emphasized bipartisanship and making Alaska ready for the opportunities brought by the recent infrastructure package. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Murkowski helps Alaska’s present and future

When I think about the future, I think about the children in our state. I want them to live in a state that allows them… Continue reading

  • Oct 6, 2022
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, gave her annual address to the Alaska State Legislature Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at the Capitol building in Juneau. Murkowski’s speech emphasized bipartisanship and making Alaska ready for the opportunities brought by the recent infrastructure package. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: Our freedom, our vote

Bipartisan investigations by the U.S. House Jan. 6 Select Committee have shown that former President Donald Trump and his allies engaged in a conspiracy, knowingly… Continue reading

  • Oct 5, 2022
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Opinion: Simply put, vote no on constitutional conventions

Make time to vote on Nov. 8 and vote against holding a constitutional convention

  • Oct 5, 2022
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Opinion: Doing the Prop 4 math

The city says repeal of Proposition 4, “will not cause property taxes to increase or decrease.” Any property tax bill is calculated by multiplying the… Continue reading

  • Sep 30, 2022
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This photo shows a stack of pocket constitutions at the Alaska State Capitol.  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Join me in opposing a constitutional convention

Alaska’s Constitution, when compared to most other states, is held in high esteem. In the 1955 background research leading to development of our constitution much… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2022
  • By George Elgee
This photo shows a stack of pocket constitutions at the Alaska State Capitol.  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Base your Prop 4 vote on legitimate arguments

I have not decided on how to vote on Proposition 4. Both sides make arguments worth considering - with one exception. The Prop 4 proponents… Continue reading

  • Sep 23, 2022
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
A new track and artificial turf field could be on the way to Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park if voters decide to OK $6.6 million in general obligation bond debt to go toward the funding of construction and equipment costs for park improvements at city-located parks. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: A yes vote on Prop 2 is important for Juneau

“A good deed for our family, community and the next generation.”

  • Sep 23, 2022
A new track and artificial turf field could be on the way to Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park if voters decide to OK $6.6 million in general obligation bond debt to go toward the funding of construction and equipment costs for park improvements at city-located parks. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows a return envelope for the upcoming municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Here’s why I’m voting against funding a new City Hall

City should dedicate resources to housing.

  • Sep 19, 2022
This photo shows a return envelope for the upcoming municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This photo shows the top of a City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Election ballot. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Vote no on Prop 4

Absent accurate data, there’s a tendency for high-valued properties to be systemically under-assessed

  • Sep 16, 2022
This photo shows the top of a City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Election ballot. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: Vote yes on Prop 2 to support kids and families

With Proposition 2, we can finally catch up to the rest of Alaska.

  • Sep 15, 2022
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I plan to vote no on Prop 4

I want accurate information when my house is assessed.

  • Sep 12, 2022
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A rainy Monday morning marked the first day of fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast which comes just days before the university announced its search for a new chancellor to begin June 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Support public education, vote against a constitutional convention

I am especially concerned what calling a convention could mean for education in Alaska.

  • Sep 9, 2022
A rainy Monday morning marked the first day of fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast which comes just days before the university announced its search for a new chancellor to begin June 2023. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Copies of the Alaska State Constitution are available outside the lieutenant governor’s office on the third floor of the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Alaskans should vote against a constitutional convention

Possible disruption to our current local governance is frightening.

  • Sep 7, 2022
  • By Loren Jones
Copies of the Alaska State Constitution are available outside the lieutenant governor’s office on the third floor of the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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  • Sep 5, 2022
  • Juneau Empire
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Opinion: Ranked choice voting is not the problem

There is, in fact, no evidence that the result would have been any different under the old system…

  • Sep 2, 2022
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Opinion: A constitutional convention is not necessary

I am voting no on a convention.

  • Aug 16, 2022
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(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Sweeney and Peltola are both good choices for Congress

It is far past time that Alaska be represented in Congress by an Alaska Native representative.

  • Aug 15, 2022
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)