Opinion

My Turn: United Legislature grants control of state’s destiny

This was an historic week for Alaska. Thanks to our state legislators, we took a significant step toward controlling our own destiny. The Legislature held… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2015
  • By GOV. BILL WALKER

Empire Editorial: Feed the eagles, not the rabbits

They may be cute and fuzzy, but they’re not to be taken lightly. We are referring to potentially hundreds of feral rabbits that have infiltrated… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2015

My Turn: A plan to end a regressive entitlement

After 11 months of budget uncertainty, Gov. Bill Walker has taken the helm to offer a realistic solution to our fiscal crisis. His Sovereign Wealth… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Daylight saving time is a necessary inconvenience

Editor’s note: The following editorial first published Feb. 11, 2015, in the Juneau Empire. The editorial is being reprinted in light of a House subcommittee… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2015

My Turn: Keep Alaskan food pesticide free

I have been a rural Alaskan resident for 40 years, trolling, longlining and oyster farming for a living. Here on Prince of Wales, a huge… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2015
  • By CINDY WYATT

Empire Editorial: Keep feds out of Alaskans’ private data

It came across like an email forwarded from grandma: Facebook is listening to everything you say.Of course, it wasn’t true.The social media network last year… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2015

My Turn: Alaska, U.S. small businesses deserve better

We all know Washington, D.C. is far away from Alaska, but just because it is far away doesn’t mean that the dysfunction there doesn’t hurt… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2015
  • By RACHAEL PETRO

Empire Readers’ Council editorial: Reaching our community’s full potential

Events in Juneau, some as recent as this summer, have reminded us that racism is alive and well in our capital city. Treating each other… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015

My Turn: Investing in the state’s future through the Univeristy of Alaska

This week, as the University of Alaska Board of Regents prepares to consider a Fiscal Year 2017 proposed budget, I’m reminded of Winston Churchill, who… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015
  • By JIM JOHNSEN

My Turn: Governor’s endowment proposal is good for Alaska

Alaska’s future is bright if our Legislator’s support Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to gain stability under his Permanent Fund endowment proposal.We, the public, cannot offer… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015
  • By TARA JOLLIE

My Turn: Moving toward a true owner state

Gov. Bill Walker’s proposal to transform Alaska’s capital structure and the way state budgets are funded has finally focused much needed attention on the “third… Continue reading

  • Nov 3, 2015
  • By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: Sex trafficking in Alaska

Although we were disappointed earlier this year when the first lady refused to meet with our group, which is made up of current and former… Continue reading

  • Nov 2, 2015
  • By TERRA BURNS, KAT McELROY, MAXINE DOOGAN and DOREEN BLUE

My Turn: Juneau construction projects are uplifting, inspiring

When one goes about the capital city these days, it is impossible not to be inspired and uplifted by all of the exciting construction of… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 2015
  • By Ben Brown

My Turn: Our search for villains and heroes

Americans love political villains. For some on the left, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., accommodated that need last week. His statement that he wouldn’t accept the… Continue reading

  • Oct 30, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Time to buy out TransCanada

The Alaska Legislature should be congratulated for a good week of work. Saturday will mark one week since lawmakers convened in special session to consider… Continue reading

  • Oct 30, 2015

Empire Editorial: Build the money factory to keep Alaska solvent

The next time someone you know uses the phrase “raiding the Permanent Fund,” please do us a favor.Take them aside, talk to them, and gently… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

My Turn: Test driving Alaska’s fiscal model

As the Legislature meets again in special session to wrestle with gas line issues, Gov. Bill Walker’s administration continues to advance its agenda of new… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015
  • By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: Can Alaska afford our state government?

The State of Alaska must be very careful in authorizing any new spending on the proposed liquified natural gas line. It is obvious from the… Continue reading

  • Oct 28, 2015
  • By GOV. FRANK MURKOWSKI

My Turn: Best way to advance AKLNG is together

I was reminded recently, while viewing a short film produced by the Consumer Energy Alliance of the marvel that is our Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).I… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2015
  • By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Keep working for a Downtown parking solution

Something dispiriting happened to me in Juneau on Friday, Oct. 16. I had a half-hour to kill in the afternoon and, since the swarms of… Continue reading

  • Oct 26, 2015
  • By ROBERT W. HAIGHT