Opinion

Opinion: Zoning is the answer

Cruise-related problems are the question.

  • May 24, 2022

 

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Opinion: The ‘Southern Strategy’ runs amok

Money — not the Dems — is calling the shots.

  • May 23, 2022

 

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Opinion: Good news for Alaska journalism

We need to ability to get more in-depth news about our government’s decision making.

  • May 20, 2022

 

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Opinion: Setting things straight

Wednesdays’ Empire had a My Turn by Judy Crondahl making numerous assumptions and untrue allegations and I felt it quite necessary to set the record… Continue reading

  • May 19, 2022
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Opinion: It’s time for bold action to protect our fisheries

Our fisheries feed the world and sustain our unique cultures and communities.

  • May 19, 2022
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Faith J. Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: Giving psychiatric patients a voice makes fiscal sense

Psychiatric patients could offer valuable insight into how to improve their treatment.

  • May 18, 2022
Faith J. Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)
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Opinion: Don’t be fooled

As a homeowner, I will not be suckered into signing the petition to repeal the disclosure ordinance.

  • May 17, 2022
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Tourists watch as one of two cubs belonging to an 18-year-old sow black bear crosses the path between groups of tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Tourists have pushed us to critical mass in parts of Juneau

I don’t go to the glacier in the summer now to hike or watch bears.

  • May 16, 2022
Tourists watch as one of two cubs belonging to an 18-year-old sow black bear crosses the path between groups of tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Sens. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, left, and Robert Myers, R-North Pole, read through one of 41 amendments submitted to the state's omnibus budget bill being debate on the floor of the Alaska State Senate on Monday, May 9, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The Alaska Senate’s foolish gamble

“All these conservative people just spent all our money”

  • May 13, 2022
Sens. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, left, and Robert Myers, R-North Pole, read through one of 41 amendments submitted to the state's omnibus budget bill being debate on the floor of the Alaska State Senate on Monday, May 9, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: I am convinced that there is no security in unsolicited mail-in ballots

We once had a secure, accountable, and user friendly election system.

  • May 12, 2022
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Opinion: The budget balancing act

By Win Gruening For those of you tired of reading about Juneau’s (CBJ) municipal budget, my column this week will not provide any relief. But… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2022
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Opinion: A massive dividend is the shortsighted answer

Oil prices never stay constant.

  • May 11, 2022
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David Teal, then-director of Legislative Finance, gives an overview of the state’s fiscal situation to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Alaska can’t afford four more years of a governor who lives in an alternate reality

A spike in oil prices does not change our long-term fiscal reality.

  • May 10, 2022
David Teal, then-director of Legislative Finance, gives an overview of the state’s fiscal situation to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: The only Ford Mustang in Kyiv

By Alexander B. Dolitsky In the late 1960s through 1970s, one of the unique attractions in the Ukraine capital of Kiev was a green and… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2022
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Opinion: Unasked questions about abortion

There are several important questions that nobody is even asking, let alone answering…

  • May 6, 2022
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This October 2020 photo shows the MV Kennicott. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The war Dunleavy waged against the Alaska Marine Highway System

Budget cuts and irregular service.

  • May 6, 2022
This October 2020 photo shows the MV Kennicott. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Power boats should not be permitted on Mendenhall Lake

If one sinks in the deepest parts of the lake, it is likely there forever.

  • May 4, 2022
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This photo shows elections materials for the upcoming special primary election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Voting is essential for a functional democracy

Please vote at every opportunity.

  • May 3, 2022
This photo shows elections materials for the upcoming special primary election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A voter fills out their ballot in the Thunder Mountain High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Alaska voters are limited even with 48-candidate field

Expect vote splitting. And a lot of it.

  • May 2, 2022
A voter fills out their ballot in the Thunder Mountain High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)