Opinion

Opinion: Fair share for our oil will help fix Alaska’s self-inflicted deficit

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has chosen the path of cold, self-inflicted harm.

  • Oct 13, 2019

 

Attendees hold up signs at Juneau’s Women’s March on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The inevitable impeachment our Founders never envisioned

“The publicity surrounding this circus has tainted everyone.”

  • Oct 13, 2019

 

Opinion: You’re probably a socialist and don’t even know it

I am a socialist! OK, I said it. And I suspect that many readers — whether they know it or not — are socialists too,… Continue reading

  • Oct 11, 2019

 

In this June 2016 file photo, Juneau residents attend a vigil at Marine Park. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Why would Alaska want to erode the rights of LGBTQ?

Today, Attorney General Kevin Clarkson and the State of Alaska angle to infringe on LGBTQ employment rights nationwide. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2019
In this June 2016 file photo, Juneau residents attend a vigil at Marine Park. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska Marine Highway System’s fast ferry Fairweather moored at its home terminal in Auke Bay in Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Reducing subsidies will keep ferry system afloat

Don’t sink the system for good.

  • Oct 4, 2019
The Alaska Marine Highway System’s fast ferry Fairweather moored at its home terminal in Auke Bay in Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo from Feb. 27, Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, speaks during a rally of state union workers in front of the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Stop the Janus stone slinging and start delivering solutions

Perhaps the union leaders or Kiehl could offer a legislative fix?

  • Oct 2, 2019
In this file photo from Feb. 27, Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, speaks during a rally of state union workers in front of the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Margaret Williams (Courtesy photo | Jim Gipe via Pivot Media)

Opinion: Alaska as we know it will be gone if we don’t act now

U.N report offers bleak glimpse into Alaska’s future if no action is taken.

  • Sep 29, 2019
Margaret Williams (Courtesy photo | Jim Gipe via Pivot Media)

Opinion: The five stages of a task force

Here they are.

  • Sep 29, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The new JACC deserves public funding

There’s more on the ballot than what readily meets the eye.

  • Sep 29, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: A different way to interpret New JACC numbers

A response to an earlier My Turn.

  • Sep 27, 2019
Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Ballot propositions are must for Juneau

The upcoming municipal election defines a critical juncture in Juneau’s future.

  • Sep 27, 2019
Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center is seen in this August 2019 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Why I’ll be voting ‘no’ on all 3 propositions

Bonds are not free money.

  • Sep 27, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center is seen in this August 2019 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: ‘Just say no’ to new JACC

I support the arts, but art is a luxury.

  • Sep 26, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: New JACC benefits everyone

Please vote yes on all three propositions.

  • Sep 25, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Proposition 3: Not at this time

A $26.4 million building is a big “ask” during these times of economic uncertainty.

  • Sep 25, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Students attend the ninth annual Campus Kickoff at the University of Alaska Southeast on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Students attend the ninth annual Campus Kickoff at the University of Alaska Southeast on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Darcy Stetson casts her ballot during early voting at City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Early voting is happening at City Hall, Mondays–Fridays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and at the Mendenhall Mall Annex, Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28 from noon-4 p.m. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Vote Oct. 1 (or before!)

I really hope that you’ll join me.

  • Sep 24, 2019
Darcy Stetson casts her ballot during early voting at City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Early voting is happening at City Hall, Mondays–Fridays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and at the Mendenhall Mall Annex, Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays, Sept. 21 and 28 from noon-4 p.m. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The JACC is bad business for tax payers

The Assembly should not keep increasing the size of local government.

  • Sep 22, 2019

Opinion: We don’t need another Middle East war

The tragic nature of war.

  • Sep 22, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: CBJ Assembly priorities raise questions

A political bait-and-switch.

  • Sep 20, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)