Letters to the Editor

Early learning: Child care or preschool?

People often ask me “what is the difference between a child care and a preschool?” As director of the Children’s House at Montessori Borealis Public… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

Repeal SB 91 completely

I am writing this letter to the people of Juneau and Alaska, in the hopes that it will help inform as many Alaskan citizens that… Continue reading

Juneau drivers need to slow down

Come on, Juneau drivers. Get your act together. What is the big hurry? You are driving a lethal weapon. Cellphone against your ear, puppy on… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2018
The Alaska State Capitol is seen Saturday, May 12, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Dunleavy supports Juneau as capital

As I volunteer on the Mike Dunleavy for Governor campaign, I have been asked whether or not Dunleavy supports keeping the capital in Juneau. Dunleavy… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol is seen Saturday, May 12, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Kavanaugh is the wrong choice for Supreme Court

President Trump has nominated federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Judge Kavanaugh has a paper trail from… Continue reading

  • Jul 13, 2018

Where are the parents?

A few years ago, my granddaughter left her brand new scooter (with name scribbled underneath) at RALLY. Next day it was gone. We posted a… Continue reading

Fireworks set off on shore along with a cruise ship illuminate Juneau’s waterfront prior to the city-funded fireworks show in Juneau’s downtown Harbor on Tuesday, July 3, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Where are our keepers of the peace?

The Fourth of July was one holiday I used to look forward to. Not anymore. Now it is just a torture! The once revered holiday… Continue reading

  • Jul 9, 2018
Fireworks set off on shore along with a cruise ship illuminate Juneau’s waterfront prior to the city-funded fireworks show in Juneau’s downtown Harbor on Tuesday, July 3, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Where are our keepers of the peace?

The Fourth of July was one holiday I used to look forward to. Not anymore. Now it is just a torture! The once revered holiday… Continue reading

  • Jul 9, 2018
  • By SUZANNE HAIGHT

Loud fireworks should be banned

I have lived in the Mendenhall Valley for 34 years. Consumer fireworks were not an issue for most of those years. When the city fireworks… Continue reading

Personal use of fireworks should be open to a public vote

Another Fourth of July suffering through eight-10 hours of unending firework displays all around us. Do I have rights about having peace and quiet in… Continue reading

Pharmacy plan may affect retiree benefits

It has come to our attention that Gov. Bill Walker has unilaterally decided to enroll Alaska Public Employees’ Retirement System and Teachers’ Retirement System Retirees… Continue reading

  • Jul 3, 2018
Former Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich greets and speaks to Juneau residents interested in his campaign for governor at the IBEW Local 1547 Union office on Thursday, June 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Our labor rights are on the line

During the Great Depression, 15 million Americans were unemployed and many of the few who did have jobs were exposed to horrific working conditions. It… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018
Former Alaska U.S. Senator Mark Begich greets and speaks to Juneau residents interested in his campaign for governor at the IBEW Local 1547 Union office on Thursday, June 29, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Border crisis

Question: Why are so many people fleeing their country of origin? Answer: They claim their country is lawless and dangerous. Question: Why are many Americans… Continue reading

  • Jun 25, 2018

Stand up, speak out against separating children from parents

Separating children from their parents at the Southern border is cruel.

  • Jun 21, 2018

Border family separations open old wounds

I want to express my appreciation to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for opposing the separation of families at the U.S. border and demanding… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2018

We all must stop this monstrosity!

The current U.S. policy of ripping crying children from their parents arms because they are illegal immigrants is pure evil, and must be stopped. These… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2018

Vote against Ballot Measure One

I read Cook Inlet Keepers’, Stand for Salmon’s, and the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s pro-House Bill 199 opinion and find their salmon solution conclusions to be… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

Vote for Karen Taug

The purpose of this letter is to encourage Sealaska Shareholders to support independent candidate Karen Taug for election to the board of directors. We are… Continue reading

  • May 31, 2018
  • By Margaret Nelson

What largess?

In his May 21 My Turn, Todd Smoldon is thankful that there are no new taxes but disparaging of the use of the permanent fund… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2018
  • By ALEX WERTHEIMER

Raise the ball pit minimum wage

Between Senate Bill 91, SB 54, and whate’er godless refuse the Senate shall curse our great state with next, one might start to wonder if… Continue reading

  • May 23, 2018
  • By MUTT KNEDDIKER