Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Commissioner, Dunleavy administration committed to thriving Public Defender Agency

As the commissioner who oversees PDA, here’s the truth.

  • Nov 3, 2019
Therese Thibodeau, as Helen, left, Kristen Rankin, as Marge, center, and Patricia Hull, as Loretta, during a rehearsal of “Blue Ticket” written by Maureen Longworth at McPhetres Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: ‘Blue Ticket’ is a must see

The play highlights oppressive history.

  • Oct 22, 2019
Therese Thibodeau, as Helen, left, Kristen Rankin, as Marge, center, and Patricia Hull, as Loretta, during a rehearsal of “Blue Ticket” written by Maureen Longworth at McPhetres Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Opinion: Investing in our children

Opinion: Investing in our children

What to do with your free money.

  • Oct 22, 2019
Opinion: Investing in our children
Opinion: Trump exposes own ‘fake faith’

Opinion: Trump exposes own ‘fake faith’

Judge not, that you be not judged.

  • Oct 22, 2019
Opinion: Trump exposes own ‘fake faith’

Opinion: More thoughts on socialism

Bill Brown’s considerations of socialism, published in the Empire’s opinion page Oct. 11, are articulately insightful. Adam Smith’s classic works on economics and capitalism became… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2019

Opinion: We should not betray the Kurds

I have always been proud to be an American. The United States has long been a defender of freedom, and has kept its word with… Continue reading

  • Oct 11, 2019

Opinion: Is this justice 2019?

The criminal justice system is not only broken, we, as a nation, know it is in desperate need of drastic reform.

  • Oct 9, 2019
Opinion: Stop cycle of addiction with marijuana

Opinion: Stop cycle of addiction with marijuana

I believe there is a solution: marijuana.

  • Oct 8, 2019
Opinion: Stop cycle of addiction with marijuana
The Tongass National Forest sign seen en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Murkowski is misleading public on the Tongass

As a resident of Southeast Alaska for nearly a half century, I am among the strong majority of Alaskans who support keeping the Roadless Rule… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2019
The Tongass National Forest sign seen en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Stop forcing union representation on workers

The government should not act as a “middle man” and collect dues payments for unions.

  • Oct 4, 2019
In this Nov. 6, 2018 photo, voters fill the voting booths at Glacier Valley Baptist Church on Election Day. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this Nov. 6, 2018 photo, voters fill the voting booths at Glacier Valley Baptist Church on Election Day. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Don’t oppose new JACC out of fear

It’s the math that apparently eludes these fiscal wizards.

  • Sep 29, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: New JACC makes good economic sense for Juneau

New JACC can keep its head above water.

  • Sep 29, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska Marine Highway System’s Tazlina, right, arrives at the Auke Bay Terminal as the Kennicott departs on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Reduced ferry schedules matter of ‘health, life and public safety’

Reducing ferry schedules will have cascading effects.

  • Sep 29, 2019
The Alaska Marine Highway System’s Tazlina, right, arrives at the Auke Bay Terminal as the Kennicott departs on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Juneau does need the new JACC

Opinion: Juneau does need the new JACC

The Capital city deserves it.

  • Sep 27, 2019
Opinion: Juneau does need the new JACC
The Juneau Arts Culture Center, seen in this August 2019 picture, is home to mold that can make the venue a no-go for some Juneau residents, (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Community can breathe easier with a New JACC

Let’s show our support.

  • Sep 26, 2019
The Juneau Arts Culture Center, seen in this August 2019 picture, is home to mold that can make the venue a no-go for some Juneau residents, (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has sold its subport land along Egan Drive in downtown Juneau to NCL Bahamas Ltd., which does business as Norwegian Cruise Lines, for $20 million. Norwegian Cruise Lines has until Sept. 19 to fulfill all the requirements of the bidding process, which includes paying 10 percent of the purchase price. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: New dock could be gold mine

It’s a stroke of genius.

  • Sep 26, 2019
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority has sold its subport land along Egan Drive in downtown Juneau to NCL Bahamas Ltd., which does business as Norwegian Cruise Lines, for $20 million. Norwegian Cruise Lines has until Sept. 19 to fulfill all the requirements of the bidding process, which includes paying 10 percent of the purchase price. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Opinion: Don’t clearcut the Tongass

Opinion: Don’t clearcut the Tongass

Four timber sales are in the works.

  • Sep 25, 2019
Opinion: Don’t clearcut the Tongass