Opinion

My Turn: Wrestling with biases

We sat around the table drenched in dueling biases. How else could it be for members of the Juneau People for Peace and Justice (JPPJ)… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: For Assembly, mayoral race a great divider

The late Greg Fisk was viewed by many as a great unifier when he won the mayor’s seat, but filling his position has become a… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2016

Empire Editorial: Avoid Reefer Madness

Depending on the way you color the world, Wednesday was either a black day for Alaska or a red-letter event.Feb. 24 was the first day… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2016

My Turn: Why right sizing government makes sense

In the Senate Labor and Commerce committee this week, Alaskans will have an opportunity to weigh in on the governor’s proposed revenue measures, including an… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2016
  • By KEVIN MEYER

My Turn: No concealed guns in UA classrooms

The United Academics AAUP/AFT Local 4996 Representative Assembly is in strong opposition to SB 174. United Academics represents 924 faculty members across the University of… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2016
  • By ABEL BULT-ITO

My Turn: In response to Rich Moniak

As in previous Empire columns, Richard Moniak is taking aim at Sen. Dan Sullivan with his usual combination of selective facts and misleading arguments. In… Continue reading

  • Feb 24, 2016
  • By MIKE ANDERSON

My Turn: Top 10 qualities of an Educaiton Commissioner

With news of Alaska Commissioner of Education Mike Hanley’s departure, I’m wondering where our state is headed as the Board of Education forges a new… Continue reading

  • Feb 24, 2016
  • By AMY JO MEINERS

ERC Editorial: Food sources shouldn’t be a mystery

Alaskans, perhaps more keenly than anyone, know where foods come from, and how those foods arrive on dinner tables all over the Last Frontier.As we… Continue reading

  • Feb 24, 2016
  • By EMPIRE READERS' COUNCIL

Alaska Editorial: Price slump, supply glut a one-two punch to AKLNG timeline

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: For anyone pinning their hopes on the Alaska LNG natural gas pipeline as a savior… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2016

My Turn: Time for another approach on gasline fiscal certainty

Alaskans have just been told that gasline contract negotiations have not progressed satisfactorily and thus there is no time left to get a constitutional amendment… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2016
  • By FRANK MURKOWKSI

My Turn: Forest Service must prioritize recreation programs, protecting wild places

As tourism and recreation businesses in Southeast Alaska are preparing for our upcoming travel season. Congress is debating national forest management policy and the Forest… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2016
  • By DAN BLANCHARD

My Turn: SB 111 protects the health of Alaska’s children and firefighters

As a firefighter, I’m on the front lines of saving lives. As a result, I’m exposed to toxic chemicals linked to cancer, neurodevelopmental disorders, thyroid… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2016
  • By PAUL HAMBY

My Turn: Alaska Republicans are ready to vote for president

Across Alaska, volunteers are putting final touches on what will be an exciting day for Republicans: Super Tuesday.They’ve been training for weeks on how to… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2016
  • By FRANK McQUEARY

Admired but depressed

The National Park Service turns 100 this year. As the agency celebrates its centennial, it finds itself in a seemingly paradoxical circumstance: widely admired but… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2016

My Turn: Banking on Alaska’s fishing future

Many people our age have written wills. Have you? It’s a good idea, of course, because wills preserve family harmony while planning for ways our… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2016
  • By LINDA BEHNKEN, EDWARD DAVIS, DUNCAN FIELDS and NORMAN VAN VACTOR

My Turn: Is Murkowski’s energy bill a monumental contribution?

At the end of 2015, Sen. Lisa Murkowski moved the first major energy bill since 2007 out of committee and onto the Senate floor by… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2016
  • By Kate Troll

My Turn: We must jump together

I see two problems that are making it harder for Alaska to negotiate a stable long-term fiscal plan. And negotiate we must, where all of… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2016
  • By LARRY PERSILY

Empire Editorial: Juneau takes heaviest job hit

State government has to get slimmer, but like any weight loss program there is a right way and wrong way to do it.According to a… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2016

Alaska Editorial: A good thing going

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:Any Southeast Alaskan appreciates those rainy day moments when a ray of sunshine pierces the cloud… Continue reading

  • Feb 18, 2016

My Turn: Wants vs. needs

As our state Legislature and local Assembly grapple with the budgetary challenges facing us, each of us will be rightly interested in the outcome. These… Continue reading

  • Feb 18, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING
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