Opinion

In this July 21, 2015 photo, the ferry Columbia approaches the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Government by and for some of the people

The irony that Dunleavy’s ferry cuts expose.

  • Sep 15, 2019

 

Opinion: The future of the Arctic has immense potential

The opportunity for Arctic residents is immense.

  • Sep 15, 2019

 

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

Opinion: New JACC would benefit entire community

It’s a community investment worth making.

  • Sep 13, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Young Fishermen’s Development Act needs support

Young people in Alaska face mounting challenges to entering commercial fisheries.

  • Sep 13, 2019
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: Ferry system being decimated piece by piece

The idea of “dynamic pricing” is only the latest assault.

  • Sep 10, 2019
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)
Centennial Hall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Centennial Hall needs to shine

After 35 years, it needs major renovations.

  • Sep 9, 2019
Centennial Hall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
The late Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, offers an amendment for a $900 dividend during debate in the Senate in June 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The flaw in how Alaska fills legislative vacancies

Dunleavy is putting his PFD agenda ahead of the voters’ concerns.

  • Sep 6, 2019
The late Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, offers an amendment for a $900 dividend during debate in the Senate in June 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: An Immodest Proposal: Why I’m voting ‘no’ on Proposition 3

Perhaps we’re not that creative after all.

  • Sep 6, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
In this October 2015 file photo, maple leaves fall on Seward Street as a pedestrian ducks rain in front of City Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: City’s budget is unsustainable

“What were they thinking?”

  • Sep 3, 2019
In this October 2015 file photo, maple leaves fall on Seward Street as a pedestrian ducks rain in front of City Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Politics is not war

To Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, David Koch’s wealth and influence were emblematic of everything wrong with America. But when his supporters cheered the mention of… Continue reading

  • Sep 3, 2019

Opinion: Cruise ship routes don’t make sense

So I’m confused. Why would a Princess cruise ship have a “standard” route that takes the 1,000-feet-long ship, traveling at 20 mph through a narrow… Continue reading

  • Sep 1, 2019

Opinion: We need a true home for the arts

It’s time for a New Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

  • Aug 31, 2019
A downed spruce tree sits near the East Glacier Trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in this June 2014 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time to get it right with Tongass, timber, carbon and climate change

A perfect storm is brewing in Southeast Alaska and all weather vanes are pointing to the Tongass National Forest — the “Amazon” of America that… Continue reading

  • Aug 29, 2019
A downed spruce tree sits near the East Glacier Trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in this June 2014 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Glory Hole homeless shelter pictured in July 2017 is a downtown Juneau homeless shelter and soup kitchen. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time for a Homeless Bill of Rights

We have a moral imperative to protect the civil and human rights of every American.

  • Aug 29, 2019
The Glory Hole homeless shelter pictured in July 2017 is a downtown Juneau homeless shelter and soup kitchen. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Angela Rodell, CEO and executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., gives an overview of the fund to the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time for the Permanent Fund to divest from fossil fuels

Alaskans are beginning to take the climate crisis seriously.

  • Aug 23, 2019
Angela Rodell, CEO and executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., gives an overview of the fund to the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Dunleavy is still the ‘odd man out’

The budget can’t be balanced by cuts alone.

  • Aug 23, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Kensington Mine cares about community, environment

Coeur Alaska cares deeply about protecting our people and the environment.

  • Aug 22, 2019