Opinion

Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 — The Very Fair Share Act

Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 — The Very Fair Share Act

I am betting the oil industry can afford to pay a greater share.

  • Sep 21, 2020
Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 — The Very Fair Share Act
This Sept. 6, 2020, photo shows mist from Nugget Falls refracting light to create a prism-like effect. “Like many children I watched this summer, mine enjoyed climbing the glacially smoothed rock slopes up to the visitor center or down to the water at Photo Point. And hiking to Nugget Falls,” writes columnist Rich Moniak. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The river of nostalgia

“Nostalgia ripens with age. It takes years to build a thick catalogue of cherished memories.”

  • Sep 19, 2020
This Sept. 6, 2020, photo shows mist from Nugget Falls refracting light to create a prism-like effect. “Like many children I watched this summer, mine enjoyed climbing the glacially smoothed rock slopes up to the visitor center or down to the water at Photo Point. And hiking to Nugget Falls,” writes columnist Rich Moniak. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Opinion: Irony and tragedy of COVID-19 response

Opinion: Irony and tragedy of COVID-19 response

Did our senators ever speak truth to power?

  • Sep 19, 2020
Opinion: Irony and tragedy of COVID-19 response
Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Bond package ballot proposition is the right thing to do

It is fair and smart to repair structures that are used by many people throughout Juneau

  • Sep 17, 2020
Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska sits for an interview Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: What makes an ‘authentic’ Alaskan?

The claims that a candidate isn’t “Alaskan” and unqualified to represent Alaska are a bit tiresome.

  • Sep 17, 2020
Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska sits for an interview Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Opinion: Dispelling myths following court’s decision

Opinion: Dispelling myths following court’s decision

This case has misunderstood political and financial aspects.

  • Sep 17, 2020
Opinion: Dispelling myths following court’s decision
Opinion: Alaskans should be honest with each other about budget challenge

Opinion: Alaskans should be honest with each other about budget challenge

It will take a balanced, three-pronged approach.

  • Sep 15, 2020
Opinion: Alaskans should be honest with each other about budget challenge
Sample ballots from the City and Borough of Juneau for the Oct. 6, 2020, municipal election. Voters will be asked to vote on two ballot propositions, one to establish a commission to review the city charter and one issuing $15 million in bonds for infrastructure projects. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Why I’ll be voting for the bond package

“It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary.”

  • Sep 15, 2020
Sample ballots from the City and Borough of Juneau for the Oct. 6, 2020, municipal election. Voters will be asked to vote on two ballot propositions, one to establish a commission to review the city charter and one issuing $15 million in bonds for infrastructure projects. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Opinion: Race, ethnicity and minority in America today

Opinion: Race, ethnicity and minority in America today

We are dangerously close to toppling our house.

  • Sep 15, 2020
Opinion: Race, ethnicity and minority in America today
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Frank Murkowski should endorse Biden to save the Senate

“I don’t expect Joe Biden to be able to repair the Senate by himself.”

  • Sep 12, 2020
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Alaska State Parks offers open space to meet COVID-19 challenges

Opinion: Alaska State Parks offers open space to meet COVID-19 challenges

The pandemic has disrupted life for many, and Alaska State Parks is no exception.

  • Sep 11, 2020
Opinion: Alaska State Parks offers open space to meet COVID-19 challenges
Opinion: Unveiling the mistruths about Ballot Measure 1

Opinion: Unveiling the mistruths about Ballot Measure 1

It’s time for supporters of Ballot Measure 1 to come straight with Alaska.

  • Sep 11, 2020
Opinion: Unveiling the mistruths about Ballot Measure 1
Opinion: Vote no on Proposition 2 — debt is a 4-letter word

Opinion: Vote no on Proposition 2 — debt is a 4-letter word

Stay the course and keep reducing our indebtedness.

  • Sep 10, 2020
Opinion: Vote no on Proposition 2 — debt is a 4-letter word
Opinion: Why I’m in favor of Ballot Measure 1

Opinion: Why I’m in favor of Ballot Measure 1

I understand why the oil industry opposes Ballot Measure 1, but why should we?

  • Sep 9, 2020
Opinion: Why I’m in favor of Ballot Measure 1
Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 is not in Southeast Alaska’s best interests

Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 is not in Southeast Alaska’s best interests

​Think about it, play the long game. Play safe.

  • Sep 9, 2020
Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 is not in Southeast Alaska’s best interests
Opinion: The Fair Share Act is a flawed product for a flawed premise
Opinion: The Fair Share Act is a flawed product for a flawed premise
Opinion: Powerful issues are at stake this election season

Opinion: Powerful issues are at stake this election season

It won’t be easy, but nothing valuable ever is.

  • Sep 8, 2020
Opinion: Powerful issues are at stake this election season
Opinion: Mine cleanup plan is encouraging, but there’s still work to be done

Opinion: Mine cleanup plan is encouraging, but there’s still work to be done

“We need to ensure British Columbia follows through on its promises.”

  • Sep 7, 2020
Opinion: Mine cleanup plan is encouraging, but there’s still work to be done
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting in this January 2020 photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: There have been some questions and misinformation about pandemic-related contract

“So let’s talk straight: We had several bids, but none from an Alaskan company.”

  • Sep 5, 2020
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting in this January 2020 photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
The M/V Matanuska tied up at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The corrupting of AMHS policymaking

his a story of two Alaska governors who made bad AMHS policy decisions.

  • Sep 5, 2020
The M/V Matanuska tied up at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)