Opinion

Empire Editorial: Alaska’s billion-dollar gamble

Walking into the new Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum is an experience no one should miss.Above you, a natural wood ceiling soars. Below you,… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2016

My Turn: Gwich’in culture deeply rooted in Arctic wilderness

Here in Alaska, we are blessed with the natural elements that people travel from all over the world to experience. For me, it is not… Continue reading

  • Jun 6, 2016
  • By Melissa Engel

My Turn: Recognizing sorrows in our tragic past

During his visit to Hiroshima last week, President Barack Obama did not formally apologize for the nuclear bombing that ended World War II. That didn’t… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Alaskans deserve a permanent solution

Thousands of Alaskan families likely breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when the Legislature passed its budget to avoid a government shutdown less than 24… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2016
  • By GOV. BILL WALKER

Empire Editorial: Stay and finish the job

If you know your history, it’s somewhat ironic. Next week, thousands of Alaska Natives will descend on Juneau and force legislators from their homes.Celebration brings… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Legacy wells need full clean-up

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:After more than half a century, there may finally be movement in getting a series of… Continue reading

  • Jun 3, 2016

Empire Editorial: Are we undone?

The Alaska Legislature has approved a budget compromise that avoids a shutdown of state government on July 1.Congratulations.It may be a fatal mistake.In December, Gov.… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2016

My Turn: 100 Deadliest Days of Summer reminds Alaska drivers to slow down

Summer. Many Alaskans live for it. It’s three months out of the year when the days are warmer, the skies are bluer and the daylight… Continue reading

  • Jun 1, 2016
  • By DENICE HARRIS

My Turn: The path forward is a broad-based sustainable budget plan

We all know Alaska is in a bind: oil prices are currently stabilized, but at a relatively low level, and our state income from oil… Continue reading

  • May 31, 2016
  • By REP. SAM KITO III

My Turn: Who’s in charge of our oil?

Earlier this month, Alaska’s House of Representatives passed a bipartisan oil and gas tax credit reform bill by a 2-1 margin. The story here isn’t… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Getting to ‘yes’ in tough times

This session I had the opportunity to speak with different groups about the state’s fiscal situation and the proposals before us to reduce the budget… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2016
  • By SEN. ANNA MACKINNON

My Turn: Don’t let the need for health insurance stop you from leaving

Domestic violence is found across all socioeconomic groups — in fact, more than one in three women and one in four men have been victims… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2016
  • By SUSAN JOHNSON

My Turn: Juneau Ocean Center a model for the future

Plans for the proposed Juneau Ocean Center (JOC) continue to progress. The project is being designed as a world-class facility to educate the public on… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

Alaska Editorial: Burn with caution

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:Weekend showers have brought some much needed moisture to the Kenai Peninsula, knocking down some of the… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2016

Empire Readers’ Council Editorial: Adult leadership missing in Alaska

When, exactly, should concerns about Alaska’s fiscal and economic future give way to fear? When the general fund fiscal shortfall hits $5 billion each year?… Continue reading

  • May 25, 2016
  • By EMPIRE READERS' COUNCIL

Alaska Editorial: Treat ferry system like a business

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: The Alaska Marine Highway System should become — at least in part — a private… Continue reading

  • May 25, 2016
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My Turn: Make it count on menu labeling

Many consumers have heard of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the national healthcare law that was enacted by President Barack Obama back in… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2016
  • By BRYAN DOBB
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Alaska Editorial: No room for error in special legislative session

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:After a frustrating regular session, extended session and two special sessions last year in which legislators… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2016

My Turn: Psychiatric patient mistreatment in Alaska

While the Alaska legislators spent their time earlier this session on what their new office space will look like, the furniture and the décor, the… Continue reading

  • May 24, 2016
  • By FAITH MYERS and DORRANCE COLLINS

My Turn: Saving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A sacred part of our collective story

I have never been to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and yet, it is a part of me, and I a part of it. I… Continue reading

  • May 23, 2016
  • By BONNIE DEMERJIAN