Opinion

My Turn: Central Council ignored its contract

I am an economist and planner with 30 years’ experience, and I’ve worked as a transportation planner for the Douglas Indian Association (DIA) since April… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2016
  • By LINDA SNOW

My Turn: Alaska Democrats reach out to Alaska’s Independents

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “we are trying to construct a more inclusive society,” he recognized that democracy is strengthened by more voices and… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2016
  • By NANCY COURTNEY

Alaska Editorial: Federal government goes too far in attempting to limit hunting in refuges

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: President Jimmy Carter remarked at the signing ceremony of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2016

My Turn: Yes to wild salmon, no to HB 220

Fish are selfish. They like to eat when they’re hungry, swim wherever they want and they don’t care whose place they’re taking in the stream.They’re… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2016
  • By ALEXUS KWACHKA

JPD arrests man for terroristic threats

The Juneau Police Department arrested a 36-year-old man early this morning after receiving a report of a “possibly armed man” near Chapel by the Lake.Thurman… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2016

My Turn: CHAMPs promote the arts in Juneau

This past week was only the second of the 2016 legislative session, and it was a busy one.  With the State of Alaska facing an unprecedented… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2016
  • By Ben Brown

My Turn: The Rainy Day Parade keeps building

John Naisbitt, futurist and author of Megatrends, observed that in America’s participatory democracy, “Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.” Applying… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2016
  • By Kate Troll

Empire Editorial: Will Alaska’s Democratic Party sell out?

The Alaska Democratic Party might be a little less democratic if party delegates decide to adopt a rule change at their May meeting.A spokesman told… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2016

My Turn: The questionable economics of Juneau access

Just as the Empire predicted in its first editorial of 2016, “The Road” has again made headlines.The first salvo of the Juneau Access controversy was… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: SB 114 would protect dividends and close the budget gap

“The budget, the budget and the budget.” That’s how my colleague - Sen. Click Bishop - outlined the Alaska Legislature’s top three priories this year,… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2016
  • By LESIL MCGUIRE

My Turn: Resolving Alaska’s fiscal crisis

This is the second segment of a commentary on Alaska’s fiscal crisis. The first part appeared in Wednesday’s Empire.Gov. Bill Walker in a July 1,… Continue reading

  • Jan 28, 2016
  • By ALEXANDER HOKE

Alaska Editorial: Legislators, governor should put Alaska’s future above their own

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:Gov. Bill Walker didn’t mince words much in this year’s State of the State address, delivered… Continue reading

  • Jan 28, 2016

My Turn: The Permanent Fund Dividend in jeopardy, Pt. 1

Editor’s note: This My Turn will run in two parts. The second will publish Thursday, Jan. 28.Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to solve our $3.5 billion… Continue reading

  • Jan 27, 2016
  • By ALEXANDER HOKE

Alaska Editorial: School funding requirement creates unequal footing for municipalities

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: In deciding a lawsuit by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough over required local contributions to schools,… Continue reading

  • Jan 27, 2016

My Turn: Sustainable spending is achievable

Our state government has been spending close to $5,000 nominally per person more than it brings in through revenues for two fiscal years now. Anyone… Continue reading

  • Jan 27, 2016
  • By AARON LOJEWSKI

Alaska Editorial: Assessments must be meaningful

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: Among the bills filed for the legislative session is a measure to prohibit the Alaska Department… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2016

My Turn: Last minute advice for people who need health insurance

When the clock ticks towards midnight on Jan. 31, there’ll be no crowds in New York’s Times Square and families and friends won’t be gathered… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2016
  • By KEVIN COUNIHAN

Commentary: Sarah Palin has let me down

Sarah Palin has made me sad. That’s something that I never thought would happen, particularly since I made a small cottage industry of defending her… Continue reading

  • Jan 24, 2016
  • By CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS

My Turn: How politicians become the problem in government

Senate President Kevin Meyer should look at putting Sens. Pete Kelly and Anna MacKinnon on a shorter leash. The two Senate Finance Committee co-chairs aren’t… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Is there a light at the end of the road?

In a recent meeting with our lobbyists and legislative delegation, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly heard more bad economic news. It’s no secret… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING