Letters to the Editor

Opinion: Here’s why I’m voting for the oil tax referendum

Opinion: Here’s why I’m voting for the oil tax referendum

I hope everyone votes yes on Proposition 1.

  • Jul 13, 2020
Opinion: Here’s why I’m voting for the oil tax referendum
Opinion: I agree, Sullivan needs to speak up

Opinion: I agree, Sullivan needs to speak up

My compliments on the July 5 opinion piece by Rich Moniak in the Empire. [Opinion: Fear of the president’s immature tweets] I appreciate the distinction… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2020
Opinion: I agree, Sullivan needs to speak up
Opinion: U.S. should end economic sanctions

Opinion: U.S. should end economic sanctions

If there were one action by which the U.S. could easily stimulate the economy, slow the spread of the coronavirus, strengthen our national security and… Continue reading

  • Jul 1, 2020
Opinion: U.S. should end economic sanctions
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Moving Seward could make room for other statues

Moving the statue to a less dominant position would allow for the addition of others.

  • Jun 30, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Opinion: Forward progress is a slow process

Opinion: Forward progress is a slow process

Think of Chief Seattle and Rodney King.

  • Jun 29, 2020
Opinion: Forward progress is a slow process
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A petition has been circulating online calling for the statue’s removal, citing Seward’s relationship with Alaska Natives. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Save Seward

We should be proud of Seward as an abolitionist.

  • Jun 28, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A petition has been circulating online calling for the statue’s removal, citing Seward’s relationship with Alaska Natives. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Seward has an inspiring legal legacy

Seward’s courageous and early role as a defense lawyer should be inspiring.

  • Jun 24, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Now, is the time to develop empathy on a personal, community and governmental level

Now, is a very fertile, rich, and urgent moment.

  • Jun 24, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Would we really have been better off without Seward?

have a couple questions for those that want to remove the statue of William H. Seward.

  • Jun 22, 2020

Opinion: Our life in a war zone

It is the U.S. Military supplying municipalities with battlefield weapons raising civilian cries.

  • Jun 17, 2020
Opinion: Here’s why we shouldn’t defund the police

Opinion: Here’s why we shouldn’t defund the police

I’ve watched with dismay and frankly a good bit of anger at calls to defund the police.

  • Jun 9, 2020
Opinion: Here’s why we shouldn’t defund the police
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, greets legislators as she arrives in the House chamber for her annual speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Praise for Murkowski’s Statements on Racism, Equality, Justice

I would like to register my support for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s words.

  • Jun 8, 2020
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, greets legislators as she arrives in the House chamber for her annual speech to a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Letter: We need to know where our leaders stand

Letter: We need to know where our leaders stand

Where is our congressional delegation?

  • Jun 3, 2020
Letter: We need to know where our leaders stand
Opinion: That was a horrible cartoon choice

Opinion: That was a horrible cartoon choice

I cannot believe it ran.

  • Jun 2, 2020
Opinion: That was a horrible cartoon choice

Opinion: I agree that Sullivan and Trump should be voted out of office

Kudos to Rich Moniak for his good May 24 article. [Opinion: How Trump’s failures became a story about the ANWR] I also resent the fact… Continue reading

A quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower, on the exterior of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located south of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo | Public Domain, Creative Commons)

Opinion: Lawmaker should familiarize himself with Holocaust history

Rep. Ben Carpenter recently compared the pandemic safety measures in place at the Alaska Capitol to Nazi Germany’s labeling of Jews. In no way can… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2020
A quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower, on the exterior of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located south of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo | Public Domain, Creative Commons)
Global conservation work is needed to protect our coastal communities

Global conservation work is needed to protect our coastal communities

For Alaskans, supporting international conservation is key to securing our environment and economy.

  • May 15, 2020
Global conservation work is needed to protect our coastal communities
Opinion: I want village water to stay unchlorinated

Opinion: I want village water to stay unchlorinated

What are we paying the people who work for the government to do?

  • May 12, 2020
Opinion: I want village water to stay unchlorinated
Opinion: Congress must provide emergency funding for elections

Opinion: Congress must provide emergency funding for elections

My nation, my moral center, my “reason to be,” is enshrined by our Constitution. Fulfilling my end of that compact, voting my opinion on whom… Continue reading

  • Apr 28, 2020
Opinion: Congress must provide emergency funding for elections

Opinion: I think we should still stay home

“I am quite concerned about the Governor’s decision.”

  • Apr 26, 2020