Opinion

Empire Editorial: SB 174 is unfortunately necessary

It’s unfortunate that legislation like Senate Bill 174 even needs to be debated. In a perfect world, there would be no threat of violence at… Continue reading

  • Apr 8, 2016

My Turn: A flawed bill for more than 1.3 million reasons

$1.3 million dollars.That is the amount of money that the University of Alaska estimates will be needed to hire consultants to review and establish security… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2016
  • By CASEY J. RUDKIN

My Turn: GCI’s commitment to Alaska and Alaska’s future

GCI is proud to be Alaska born and raised. We were founded in 1979 to provide Alaskans a competitive choice in communications services and deploy… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2016
  • By GREG CHAPADOS

My Turn: The economic reality of Alaska’s timber industry

As an eco-tour business, The Boat Company is troubled by an column written by Southeast Conference that appeared March 30, 2016, in SitNews. The column… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2016
  • By LARRY WEST

My Turn: Proceed with caution overhauling oil and gas tax credits

In Thursday’s editorial, the Juneau Empire augured into the depths of oil and gas tax credits, and spudded some misconceptions.Tax credits are complicated, but let’s… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2016
  • By FRANK McQUEARY
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My Turn: Bring the ‘Bern’ to the Alaska Legislature

Last Tuesday, over 8,000 Alaskans took hours out of their day to crowd together in schools and civic centers all across Alaska to caucus for… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016
  • By Kate Troll
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My Turn: ‘And now, it is time for a political revolution!’

This past Saturday, over 1,000 people inflated Centennial Hall with their cheers and their passion. At 17, I was rendered unable to caucus, but allowed… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016
  • By TASHA ELIZARDE

My Turn: Is the American Dream still great?

Normally I find debates about America’s greatness to be rather superficial. We’re not perfect, but surely the country is founded on great ideas and has… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: UnDemocratic Caucus

Last week’s Alaska Democratic Party caucuses revealed two things: The state’s appreciation for Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, runs deep. Alaska’s Democratic primary is just as… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2016

My Turn: Easy to say, impossible to believe

The environmental community’s latest salvo attempting to torpedo the Juneau Access Project has arrived. Like numerous other attempts sponsored by the Wilderness Society, the Southeast… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

Empire Editorial: Alaska’s looming car accident

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to survive a car accident, you know the feeling.Once your hands have stopped shaking and you stop to remember it,… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2016

My Turn: Justice reinvestment needed for both offenders and victims

I am a victim of sexual abuse and domestic violence. I am also an offender with two felony drug convictions. These two things are related.… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2016
  • By KARA NELSON

My Turn: Pot zoning ordinance ‘transparent and fair’

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved Ordinance 2015-39 on Nov. 9, 2015, which amended the land use code to establish in which zoning… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2016
  • By CITY & BOROUGH OF JUNEAU ASSEMBLY
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My Turn: Budget illusions versus reality

State government is simply too big and the Alaska Legislature has not made adequate progress in reducing the burden of big government. According to the… Continue reading

  • Mar 30, 2016
  • By REP. LORA REINBOLD
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My Turn: Alaska Board of Game needs diversity

The Alaska Board of Game (BOG), a seven-member panel of unelected, governor-appointed officials, decides important wildlife issues on behalf of Alaskans. Because the makeup of… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By MICHELLE ANDERSON

My Turn: Another loss for Cubans

Another loss for all Cubans, and I’m not referring to the 4-1 loss to the Rays in the “historic” baseball game played in Cuba this… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By MARIA UCHYTIL

My Turn: When dealing with low oil revenues, Alaskans should come first

It’s been a rough couple of months for Alaska’s telecommunications monopoly, GCI.First, a GCI executive at the company’s Anchorage-based television station KTVA made some extremely… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2016
  • By JACK RAFUSE

Empire Editorial: Goodbye, tower of babble

“And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. … So the Lord scattered them abroad… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2016

My Turn: Lawmakers have support for Permanent Fund solution

Anyone who’s been paying attention to State Capitol happenings knows the State of Alaska is facing an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The balance sheet just became… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2016
  • By Ben Brown

My Turn: Alaska education in 2016: Fiscal crisis or golden opportunity?

Today Alaska faces a fiscal crisis of monumental proportions. Alaska residents are facing an uncertain future. Nowhere is that uncertainty more troubling than in the… Continue reading

  • Mar 25, 2016
  • By PAUL BERG