Opinion

Opinion: Phony Forest Service Process

The decision was already made before the “Roadless Rule Process” even started. The onslaught against our nation’s public lands and the environment had reached my… Continue reading

 

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, arrives for her annual speech to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Murkowski should oppose Kavanaugh on consumer, other grounds

If Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court, he will fight for Big Cable and Big Telecom interests without regard for consumers.

 

Opinion: How Facebook hurt my feelings

I admit I am a Facebook junkie.

 

Opinion: Stop pushing timber-first policies

Alaska’s Congressional Delegation is once again showing how out of touch they are with the realities of the Tongass.

Opinion: The coming of age of Alaska’s 529 College Savings Plan

The significance of owning a college savings plan account for a child cannot be understated.

A section of the subport subdivision, pictured on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The Alaska Mental Health Trust and Juneau

The Alaska Mental Health Trust owns a three-acre Juneau waterfront tract, commonly known as the subport property. It is one of the most valuable undeveloped… Continue reading

A section of the subport subdivision, pictured on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: A prioritized agenda for suicide in Alaska

Alaska is consistently among states with the highest rate of suicide in the country.

  • Sep 17, 2018

Opinion: DEC Cruise Ship Program protects Alaska’s air and water

Each year over a million visitors travel to Alaska on cruise ships, which are essentially floating resorts. As you’d expect from any resort, they generate… Continue reading

Opinion: Your life matters

When I was a kid I always thought drugs were stupid.

Opinion: A reasonable suspicion

Eight months have passed since Cody Dalton Eyre died from multiple gunshot woods in a wooded area near the intersection of two major highways in… Continue reading

Opinion: The progressive revolution is here

Things have to change and we have to have the courage to change them.

  • Sep 14, 2018

Opinion: The U.S. Supreme (Political) Court

When the president and the Senate majority are of same party, the Supreme Court selection process is mostly rigged. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan… Continue reading

Opinion: Wade Bryson is a great fit for the Juneau Assembly

I’m writing this letter in hopes to return some support and kind words that have been bestowed upon me. My name is Dana, and I’m… Continue reading

Opinion: ACLU fight is not about billboards

No, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is not fighting to allow billboards along Alaska’s scenic highways. It’s understandable that many Alaskans may have… Continue reading

Opinion: Salmon hatcheries support Alaskans, and feed the world

When the Good Friday earthquake shook Alaska in 1964, the damage wasn’t confined to buildings and homes. In some coastal areas, the land and ocean… Continue reading

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, takes his seat after a break before starting a third round of questioning on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo | Jacquelyn Martin)

Opinion: Kavanaugh is bad for Alaska’s tribes

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Senate Judiciary Committee began confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court. His confirmation… Continue reading

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, takes his seat after a break before starting a third round of questioning on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo | Jacquelyn Martin)
Gov. Bill Walker answers a range of questions during an interview with the Empire in his Capitol office on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Walker fails in government transparency

Among Gov. Bill Walker’s many failures, a fundamental one is his failure to govern openly and transparently.

Gov. Bill Walker answers a range of questions during an interview with the Empire in his Capitol office on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Mark Begich is the governor Alaska needs

I have known Mark Begich since he was 19 years old. Then, he was chair of the Anchorage Youth Commission, and I was mayor. His… Continue reading

Students sit on the front steps of the Alaska Capitol on April 6, 2018. (James Brooks photo | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Candidates must be held accountable on capital issues

We’ve seen it many times. Reporters ask gubernatorial candidates “do you support Juneau as the Capital?” That is met with the perfunctory “yes.” Next question.… Continue reading

Students sit on the front steps of the Alaska Capitol on April 6, 2018. (James Brooks photo | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Trucking says no on Ballot Measure 1

If you eat anything, build anything, or purchase anything in Alaska, chances are it came on a truck. In fact, 94 percent of all Alaska… Continue reading