Opinion

U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka and former President Donald Trump stand on stage during a July 2022 rally in Anchorage. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Tshibaka’s insincere defense of democracy

Kelly Tshibaka claims to understand why voter turnout for the 2022 general election was the lowest in the state’s history. According to Preserve Democracy, a… Continue reading

  • Jan 27, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak

 

(Courtesy Photo / Gwen Baluss)

Opinion: The Mendenhall Wetlands — a Juneau treasure

Juneau is very fortunate to have this rich biological resource…

  • Jan 27, 2023
  • By Mary F. Willson, Gwen S. Baluss, and Marsha S. Squires

 

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski prepares to meet officials at the Sealaska Heritage Institute during a visit to Juneau in November 2022. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau stands to benefit significantly from the 117th Congress

The last Congress was one of the best for our state in recent memory…

  • Jan 26, 2023
  • By Lisa Murkowski

 

Alexander B. Dolitsky

Opinion: Neo-Marxism is a threat to the country

In the early 1980s, I attended graduate school at Brown University. Then, only two Soviet-born and raised students were at Brown. I was from Kiev… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2023
  • By Alexander B. Dolitsky
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Opinion: Humanism and the billionaire class

Compromise is the right thing to do and they should do it.

  • Jan 25, 2023
  • By Jerry Smetzer
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The problem with ‘Always Fighting’

What about “Always Thinking” or “Always Working” or just “Always Building Coalitions for Alaska.”

  • Jan 24, 2023
  • By Jim Hammond
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Opinion: A million visitors isn’t enough. Here’s why

I’ve been thinking about Pat White’s recent My Turn, Is anyone else concerned about the upcoming cruise season? Pat asks, “Isn’t a million (visitors) enough”?… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2023
  • Bruce Abel
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The challenged truths of three elected representatives

Last Friday, the state Supreme Court affirmed that state Rep. Jennifer Armstrong, D-Anchorage, did not violate the Alaska Constitution three-year residency requirement to run for… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
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Norwegian Cruise Lines announced in late August that it would donate a 2.9 acre plot of land owned by the cruise line since 2019 on Juneau’s waterfront to Huna Totem Corporation to develop a project dubbed Aak’w Landing. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Assembly’s dock proposal raises questions of conflict

At a Dec. 19 Committee of the Whole work session, City Manager Rorie Watt requested the CBJ Assembly approve an appropriation for $200,000 (subsequently raised… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2023
  • By Win Gruening
Norwegian Cruise Lines announced in late August that it would donate a 2.9 acre plot of land owned by the cruise line since 2019 on Juneau’s waterfront to Huna Totem Corporation to develop a project dubbed Aak’w Landing. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Local hunters will be affected by proposed restrictions

Juneau hunters take note!

  • Jan 17, 2023
  • By Mark Richards
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Opinion: Time to settle educators’ contract

I encourage the Juneau School District to support the swift conclusion of negotiations.

  • Jan 16, 2023
  • By Jamie Marks
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This photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The wrong way to define demand

Sometime in the 1970s, the U.S. Forest Service published a multipage brochure for visitors to the Mendenhall Glacier. It described the glacier as “receding very… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
This photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Action is needed to stem the flow of people leaving the state

Losing more residents than a state gains is an indicator of trouble ahead.

  • Jan 12, 2023
  • By Larry Persily
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Opinion: MLK Day clinics offered in the ‘spirit of service and advocacy for equality and social justice’

If the pandemic has taught us anything it is how much we need each other. Businesses need workers. Children need teachers. The sick need doctors… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2023
  • By Becky Kruse
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Opinion: COVID relief funds help homeless children in Alaska

We need to sustain this kind of investment.

  • Jan 11, 2023
  • Leslie Rohr
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A Carnival cruise ship is berthed Juneau's cruise ship docks during the summer of 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire FIle)

Opinion: Is anyone else concerned about the upcoming cruise season?

Isn’t a million enough?

  • Jan 10, 2023
  • By Pat White
A Carnival cruise ship is berthed Juneau's cruise ship docks during the summer of 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire FIle)
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Sullivan’s irrelevance in defense of democracy

Two years ago this week, supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol…

  • Jan 6, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
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An athlete splashes their way into Auke Lake to start the swim leg of the Ironman Alaska. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Juneau Ironman doesn’t cross the finish line

“Anything is possible” is an optimistic catch-phrase but it’s not a strategy.

  • Jan 5, 2023
  • By Win Gruening
An athlete splashes their way into Auke Lake to start the swim leg of the Ironman Alaska. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I’ve seen the union difference

As a community we can show solidarity…

  • Jan 4, 2023
  • By Miguel Rohrbacher
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This screenshot from YouTube shows Ålexander B. Dolitsky in a Soviet-era film. (Screenshot)

Opinion: Lessons learned from a 1971 Soviet psychological documentary that I took part in

Communist propaganda in the former Soviet Union was based on the Marxist–Leninist ideology to advocate for the Communist Party agenda. This propaganda was one of… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2023
  • By Alexander B. Dolitsky
This screenshot from YouTube shows Ålexander B. Dolitsky in a Soviet-era film. (Screenshot)