Opinion

Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)

Will 2022 bring a law to better protect psychiatric patients?

There must be a legislative solution

  • Nov 30, 2021

 

(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Alaskans should support Ocean Ranger program

Alaskans should be concerned that these floating cities could go unchecked.

  • Nov 29, 2021

 

Gavel (Courtesy photo)

Opinion: The foolish men claiming self-defense

By Rich Moniak A not guilty verdict “will not be a miscarriage of justice” David French wrote three days before Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2021

 

(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: State defends its right to cut nonexistent taxes

By Larry Persily There is an inescapable irony to the fact that Alaska joined with a dozen other states in suing the federal government over… Continue reading

  • Nov 25, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
teaser

Opinion: Vote-by-mail flops, what’s next?

Vote-by-mail justification grows murkier.

  • Nov 24, 2021
teaser
teaser

Opinion: Why giving is part of our Alaska way of life

GCI is encouraging our fellow Alaskans to offer a hand to our most vulnerable neighbors in need.

  • Nov 24, 2021
teaser
teaser

Opinion: Peeling the onion on Thanksgiving

“Peeling the onion” is an expression often used as a metaphor for digging deeper into an issue or not accepting something at face value. There… Continue reading

  • Nov 24, 2021
teaser
teaser

Opinion: We’re on a road to ochlocracy

The conclusion of the Rittenhouse trial reminded us of the summer of 2020. It is a painful reminder.

  • Nov 22, 2021
teaser
tease

Bipartisan infrastructure bill helps Alaska toward ‘brighter’ future

Energy is the backbone of Alaska’s economy.

  • Nov 19, 2021
tease
A health care worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Vaccination is still the best protection from COVID-19

Show your gratitude for health care heroes by protecting yourselves and your community

  • Nov 15, 2021
A health care worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

The sad diminishment of Rep. Don Young

Young seems afraid to demand his party leader defend the dignity of the institution he loves.

  • Nov 12, 2021
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: BC needs Alaska partners in its remediation planning for Tulsequah Chief Mine

All of us have a stake in protecting the Taku and those who depend on it.

  • Nov 10, 2021
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file)
Alexander B. Dolitsky

Opinion: Appreciation of history, truth and fact and understanding of beauty

By Alexander B. Dolitsky Today, our schools, and society at large, should be discussing essential social concepts that provide a background, foundation and historic context… Continue reading

  • Nov 9, 2021
Alexander B. Dolitsky
Long-serving City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Loren Jones, addresses the crowd at his last assembly meeting on Oct. 25. His wife of almost 52 years, La Rae Jones, stands beside him. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I’m a longtime supporter of United Way. Here’s why

I have been a supporter of United Way for over 40 years…

  • Nov 8, 2021
Long-serving City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member Loren Jones, addresses the crowd at his last assembly meeting on Oct. 25. His wife of almost 52 years, La Rae Jones, stands beside him. (Dana Zigmund / Juneau Empire File)
T

Opinion: Reagan scare words revisited

The truth is we need government to keep corporate America honest.

  • Nov 5, 2021
T
teaser

Opinion: Build back a better Congress

The importance of reaching across the aisle.

  • Nov 5, 2021
teaser
A ballot for the 2021 municipal election. On Wednesday, Will Muldoon entered the race for a seat on the Juneau Board of Public Education. He's joining the field of candidates as a write-in option, eight days after city officials mailed ballots to voters and 13 days before ballots are due back. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Opinion: There’s good reason to have mail-in voting

Here is the simple answer: it makes it much easier to vote.

  • Nov 4, 2021
A ballot for the 2021 municipal election. On Wednesday, Will Muldoon entered the race for a seat on the Juneau Board of Public Education. He's joining the field of candidates as a write-in option, eight days after city officials mailed ballots to voters and 13 days before ballots are due back. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
The Entrance to the University of Alaska Southeast. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The University of Alaska is the state’s most important resource

Together, let’s break the record for donor participation.

  • Nov 4, 2021
The Entrance to the University of Alaska Southeast. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
State Rep. Zack Fields

Alaska, more than any other state, needs COP26 to be successful

Make no mistake: We cannot “avoid” climate change.

  • Nov 3, 2021
State Rep. Zack Fields
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies may be a good treatment option for some people who test positive for the illness, according to state health officials. However, vaccination remains the best tool for limiting spread of COVID-19 and limiting hospitalizations. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)

US pandemic response has been a costly, divisive failure

With 4.2% of the world population, the U.S. has 19% of the total cases and 15% of the total deaths.

  • Nov 2, 2021
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. Monoclonal antibodies may be a good treatment option for some people who test positive for the illness, according to state health officials. However, vaccination remains the best tool for limiting spread of COVID-19 and limiting hospitalizations. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)