Opinion

Alaska Editorial: Critical neglect in the Arctic

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:There aren’t very many areas of national defense or homeland security where the U.S. lags. America’s… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2016

ERC Editorial: Unifying Juneau: An empty promise?

A major theme of the candidates for mayor in our recent special election was about the need to bring us together as a community and… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2016

Empire Editorial: Overtime is OK

The Alaska Legislature didn’t gavel out on Sunday at the end of its 90th regular day, and that’s just fine with us.The state is running… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2016

My Turn: Stand for sex-ed

A teenage pregnancy rate in Alaska is higher than the national average. We also have the most chlamydial infections per capita among teens ages 15-19… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2016
  • By TASHA ELIZARDE

Alaska Editorial: Balancing the fish board scales

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:How is it that a nominee to the Board of Fisheries can be the subject of outspoken… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2016

My Turn: Degrading Alaska’s future: What the Legislature’s cuts to the university really mean

Let’s imagine that the House and Senate Finance committees both decide that they cannot trust the University of Alaska Board of Regents to do its… Continue reading

  • Apr 19, 2016
  • By JONATHON TAYLOR and SAM ERICKSON

My Turn: No sidelines in fight against climate change

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development.… Continue reading

  • Apr 18, 2016
  • By KATHLEEN ROGERS

Empire Editorial: New taxes will happen, but by whom?

One way or another, Alaskans will be taxed. The Legislature should decide how much.On Wednesday, the Senate voted 17-3 to approve Senate Bill 210, which… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2016

My Turn: The dark side of SB 91 and HB 205

In response to Kara Nelson’s column in the Juneau Empire on March 31, I wish to tell you the dark side of Senate Bill 91… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2016
  • By MARTIN W. MOODY

My Turn: Production matters

In recent weeks, pronouncements about Alaska’s oil and gas industry are made daily, often loudly, by people, some of whom appear guided by misplaced passions… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2016
  • By THOMAS J. BARRETT

My Turn: Legislative Council is the antithesis of transparent government

Last week the House and Senate both voted to table a motion to de-fund the Legislature’s appeal of their lawsuit over Gov. Bill Walker’s authorization… Continue reading

  • Apr 15, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Dividend legislative history: Created in wisdom, subverted in folly

Alaska residents are about to be written out as owners of the Alaska Permanent Fund. The Permanent Fund Dividend currently defines you as a shareholder… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2016
  • By ALEXANDER HOKE

My Turn: An island too far, Part 2

Last September, I wrote a series of columns about city plans to build a $10 million seawalk and 2.7-acre “recreational island” (subsequently renamed a “habitat… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

Alaska Editorial: House should vote down Daylight Saving Time bill

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Legislation to exempt Alaska from Daylight Saving Time is on the move in Alaska’s Legislature… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2016

My Turn: SB 174 does not make us safer

I am an allied health professor for the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a health sciences instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I do… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2016
  • By JENNIFER MEYER

Alaska Editorial: In debating revenue measures, Legislature should be evenhanded

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:With less than a week remaining in this year’s session, the Legislature is finally getting down… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2016

MyTurn: Trans-Alaska Trail

The moment I heard about the vision for the Trans-Alaska Trail, I was really excited.This is the kind of idea Alaska needs right now. Our… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2016
  • By HARLOW ROBINSON

My Turn: Senator tries to rewrite history about the Alaska Safe Children’s Act

Down the rabbit hole we go. A fairy tale is a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending, or it is a… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2016
  • By CINDY MOORE

My Turn: Easy to start, impossible to kill – the Juneau Access Improvement Project

A recent column by Win Gruening disparaged the conclusion in the “Easy to Start, Impossible to Finish” report by Lois Epstein that the Juneau Access… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2016
  • By DAVID G. CLARKE

My Turn: My thoughts on the LIO building situation

Last week, the Legislative Council voted 13-1 to offer $32.5 million to purchase the Anchorage Legislative Information Office (LIO) from its developers. This decision has… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2016
  • By REP. SAM KITO III