Opinion

My Turn: Regulations in an imperfect people’s democracy.

Since the Great Recession of 2008, the nation has seen the economy grow an average of 1.5 percent per year. That’s not good enough according… Continue reading

  • Jan 1, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Alaska Editorial: Working together

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:It’s the Last Frontier’s last frontier — the Arctic.The groundwork is being laid for infrastructure in… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2015

My Turn: After Paris summit failure, Alaska must act on climate change

There is both good news and bad news from the Paris climate change summit that ended earlier this month.The good news is that the summit… Continue reading

  • Dec 28, 2015
  • By RICK STEINER
My Turn: The Alaska-Kenya Health Scholarship Program

My Turn: The Alaska-Kenya Health Scholarship Program

At Christmastime, there is heightened interest in the plight of others whose circumstances are less fortunate than our own. Mid-winter holidays are a time when… Continue reading

  • Dec 27, 2015
  • By Ben Brown
My Turn: The Alaska-Kenya Health Scholarship Program

My Turn: Snow, poetry and peace on earth

It snowed last night. Enough for the tree tops and boughs to glisten under this morning’s pale blue sky. All is calm in this perfect… Continue reading

  • Dec 25, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Alaska Editorial: Governor, Legislature should move swiftly to adopt reforms

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: The state of Alaska has long known it needs reform of its corrections system. More… Continue reading

  • Dec 24, 2015

My Turn: America first

“No nation of ideas can sustain its ideas without sustaining some sense of being a nation.” — Jonah GoldbergLast week I spent time thinking about… Continue reading

  • Dec 24, 2015
  • By WIN GRUENING

Alaska Editorial: Way to go

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:If we’re going to get anywhere, it will be with the federal transportation bill passed by… Continue reading

  • Dec 23, 2015

UTTMWG requests more environmental protections

The United Tribal Transboundary Mining Work Group (UTTMWG) issued a letter to Alaska Governor Walker requesting that the Governor stop the process of developing a… Continue reading

  • Dec 21, 2015
  • By FREDERICK OLSEN JR.

My Turn: In the long run low oil prices are not bad for Alaska

Okay, now I have your attention because Alaska’s current fiscal crisis was predicted and solved over 39 years ago with low oil prices leading to… Continue reading

  • Dec 21, 2015
  • By DANIEL HAMM FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

My Turn: Giving to your community

Earlier this year, the Juneau Community Foundation asked a handful of longtime local philanthropists a simple question: Why do you give? Their answers varied widely… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2015
  • By AMY SKILBRED

My Turn: Alaska and its Paris climate connection

Whether you approve of President Barack Obama’s overall job performance or not, Obama is getting international kudos for the way he delivered on the recently… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2015
  • By Kate Troll

My Turn: Support the PFD Voter Initiative

While Americans these days are divided about many things, there can be no dispute — nor has there ever been — about the critical importance… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2015
  • By WALTER CARPENETI

My Turn: Climate change is about much more than science

“This deal puts the fossil-fuel industry on the wrong side of history,” proclaimed Kumi Naidoo, after the world’s leaders reached the climate change agreement in… Continue reading

  • Dec 18, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

The GOP contenders’ schoolyard brawl

The following editorial appeared in The Kansas City Star on Wednesday, Dec. 16:Carly Fiorina projected herself as Margaret Thatcher. Jeb Bush projected himself as mostly… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2015

The great human benefit of fossil fuels

The Paris summit on global warming ended with a triumphant, hands-holding, chipper vow to vastly reduce the world’s use of fossil fuels. Some who would… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2015
  • By JAY AMBROSE

Alaska Editorial: Deal or no deal, Fairbanks Four controversy won’t die anytime soon

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: It seems somehow fitting that a proposed settlement between the state and the four men… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2015

My Turn: Native corps. more important than ever

As Alaskans, there are many benefits this great land provides us through its beauty, open spaces and natural resources. Another unique feature our state can… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2015
  • By GERAD GODFREY

My Turn: FDA wrong on Frankenfish

Despite overwhelming opposition from scientists, consumers and fishermen, the product commonly referred to as “Frankenfish” could unknowingly be your choice for dinner as early as… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2015
  • By REPS. DON YOUNG and PETER DEFAZIO

Alaska Editorial: Closing rural schools to aid the state budget isn’t the best option

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily:Schools are the heartbeat of many small communities. Take away a school, or easy access to a… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2015