Opinion

An artist depiction of a new city hall building in Juneau. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)

My Turn: No-confidence vote for lame duck city manager

This column has been updated to clarify the definition of Alaska’s Open Meetings Act, which applies to governing bodies, but exempts individuals. The Open Meetings… Continue reading

An artist depiction of a new city hall building in Juneau. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)
A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

My Turn: Decline of king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska started many decade ago

From the reports I’ve heard about the July 1-14 commercial troll opening, the king salmon for some of the fishermen averaged only 10 to 11… Continue reading

A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This is a map of the Telephone Hill area. (Courtesy / City and Borough of Juneau)

My Turn: Telephone Hill needs caretakers, not consultants

On July 26, the City and Borough of Juneau hosted a live meeting at the old Armoury because they want us to think that they… Continue reading

This is a map of the Telephone Hill area. (Courtesy / City and Borough of Juneau)
A Celebrity Cruises ship docks in Juneau on July 15. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

My Turn: Are You With Me Now?

I and a handful of others have been writing opinion pieces to the Empire, testifying to the Juneau Assembly, gathering signatures on petitions, and trying… Continue reading

A Celebrity Cruises ship docks in Juneau on July 15. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Dancers rehearsed in front of “Tahku,” the whale sculpture ahead of the Climate Fair for a Cool Planet in 2021. (Courtesy of Mike Tobin)

My Turn: Fair time to advocate for a cool planet

The Climate Fair for a Cool Planet is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 3-5 p.m. at the Whale in Overstreet Park. You might… Continue reading

Dancers rehearsed in front of “Tahku,” the whale sculpture ahead of the Climate Fair for a Cool Planet in 2021. (Courtesy of Mike Tobin)
This undated photograph shows the USS Juneau memorial items that were on display at the American Legion Auke Bay Post #25 when it was burglarized in January of 2020. The long strand of beads represented those immediately killed during the torpedoing and sinking of the ship, another strand represented those who were alive and in the water, and the short strand represented those who were rescued from the water days later. The final few beads in the glass dome represented those who were still living at the time of the 75th anniversary presentation. (Courtesy photo / American Legion Auke Bay Post #25)

My Turn: Almost four years and still no justice

In January of 2020 the American Legion Auke Bay Post 25 was burglarized, JPD was called and the burglary reported. An officer arrived shortly thereafter.… Continue reading

This undated photograph shows the USS Juneau memorial items that were on display at the American Legion Auke Bay Post #25 when it was burglarized in January of 2020. The long strand of beads represented those immediately killed during the torpedoing and sinking of the ship, another strand represented those who were alive and in the water, and the short strand represented those who were rescued from the water days later. The final few beads in the glass dome represented those who were still living at the time of the 75th anniversary presentation. (Courtesy photo / American Legion Auke Bay Post #25)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Knowing your tourism limitations

Reducing driving speed in a school zone protects children. Restricting the catch of king salmon helps manage a fishery, while a prescription drug dosage is… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Claims of Justice Department being weaponized against Trump don’t make sense

Some Republicans in Congress are claiming that the Justice Department is being weaponized against Trump. If that is so, then how is the Justice Department… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
Brown bears at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo)

Opinion: Let’s make sure the Mulchatna massacre never happens again

I join the many Alaskans appalled by the revelation that state officials in planes and helicopters recently killed 94 brown bears (including 11 cubs), five… Continue reading

Brown bears at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo)
Juneau’s current City Hall is seen on July 13. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Assembly’s transparency deficit disorder

Controversies surrounding CBJ Assembly actions regarding property tax assessments and millage rates, efforts to build expensive public buildings rejected by voters, and spending tax money… Continue reading

Juneau’s current City Hall is seen on July 13. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Voters in the City and Borough of Juneau municipal election will decide this fall whether to approve $27 million in bond debt to fund the majority of the construction cost for a new City Hall. A similar $35 million measure was rejected last year. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Debating a new City Hall again

This week, the CBJ Assembly decided to ask voters to approve a $27 million bond obligation for a new City Hall. Last month, they approved… Continue reading

Voters in the City and Borough of Juneau municipal election will decide this fall whether to approve $27 million in bond debt to fund the majority of the construction cost for a new City Hall. A similar $35 million measure was rejected last year. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Lawful vs. disrespectful treatment of U.S. flag

In response to Art Morris’s comments regarding the difference between disrespect and lawful treatment of the American flag: I am well aware of what is… Continue reading

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Why the urgency in appointing Loren Jones to the Assembly?

At the end of the July 10 Assembly meeting (specifically at 10:17 p.m.), after the Assembly honored departing member Carole Triem who resigned, Mayor Beth… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
Larry Persily

My Turn: Pistachio donuts, saddle shoes and the Law of Bladders

There are many joys of aging, such as discounts at stores and services, using it as a convenient excuse for being forgetful, and smiling that… Continue reading

Larry Persily
Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File
Tents and various items are scattered across the Mill Campground in August of 2022.

My Turn: Alaska Legislature should play a major role in addressing the root causes of homelessness

The government’s solution to solving the homeless crisis in America, including in Alaska, could be compared to someone with a leaky roof adding more pans… Continue reading

Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File
Tents and various items are scattered across the Mill Campground in August of 2022.
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The question of term limits

If passed by voters, a proposed ballot initiative would limit all state legislators to serving 12 consecutive years and impose a lifetime maximum of 20… Continue reading

(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Clean up after setting off fireworks at Outer Point

Dear Fourth of July Outer Point fireworks revelers: Please know that this is not an anti-fireworks denunciation. I am all for having fun with pyrotechnic… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Juneau Assembly attempts ‘end run’ around voters

“Information is one thing, but weighing in on an election is another.” – Assembly member Michelle Bonnet Hale, Aug. 1, 2022 During a specially held… Continue reading

(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
A totem stands outside the former Hospice and Home Care of Juneau on Oct 14, 2022. The facility shut down days later after providing services for about 20 years. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

My Turn: Ongoing lack of hospice care complicates matters of life and death

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone?” - Joni Mitchell Last September Juneau’s Hospice and Home… Continue reading

A totem stands outside the former Hospice and Home Care of Juneau on Oct 14, 2022. The facility shut down days later after providing services for about 20 years. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Alexander B. Dolitsky

My Turn: What is freedom?

Editor’s note: The following is an account of a fictional conversation. Recently I had a conversation with an American in her late 20s about current… Continue reading

  • Jul 1, 2023
  • By Alexander B. Dolitsky
Alexander B. Dolitsky