Opinion

My Turn: Racism still persists

Recently, someone did not believe me when I mentioned that locals had been vile toward me or others because we’re Native. They were incredulous that… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2016
  • By JENNIFER QUINTO

My Turn: Danger is lurking in SB 91

Government’s most important mandate is public safety. Over the past 20 years, government in Alaska made a decision to hold criminal offenders accountable for their… Continue reading

  • May 11, 2016
  • By REP. LORA REINBOLD

Commentary: Palin, you have no relevancy in this election

When entertainment news sites announced in March that Sarah Palin had signed onto a reality show modeled after “Judge Judy,” many in the conservative movement… Continue reading

  • May 11, 2016
  • By KRISTEN McQUEARY

Empire Editorial: It’s time to speak up on oil and gas welfare

Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. tonight, the Alaska House Rules Committee will take public testimony on a plan to cut the state’s subsidy of… Continue reading

  • May 11, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Competition needed

The following editorial first appeared in Ketchikan Daily News: Competition is healthy.That one of only two companies offering individual health insurance policies to Alaskans is… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2016

My Turn: In response to ‘As California has seen, solar investments don’t pay off’

The op-ed published in the Juneau Empire May 5, “Solar investments don’t pay off,” by Randy T. Simmons and Josh Smith, takes issue with taxpayer… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2016
  • By LAURA FLEMING

My Turn: Good Grief Walks

If you have experienced the death of a loved one or a close friend, then you are familiar with grief as a natural response to… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2016
  • By JONI GILL PICO

Empire Editorial: Pass the crime bill

On Thursday, the Alaska House voted 28-11 to approve Senate Bill 91.The Alaska Senate should concur with the amendments made by the House to this… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2016

My Turn: The tug of war between free speech and campaign contributions

During the past two weeks a federal judge has been hearing a challenge to the state’s limits on campaign contributions. The complaint alleges that four… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: When considering JOC funding, don’t forget priorities

The prospect of building the Juneau Ocean Center is enticing. What’s not to like about a venue that both informs and entertains locals and visitors… Continue reading

  • May 6, 2016

My Turn: Find meaning in Mother’s Day

Last year I read an essay by Anne Lamotte about Mother’s Day that I disagree with profoundly. She is a great writer, however, so some… Continue reading

  • May 6, 2016
  • By ANN GIFFORD

My Turn: The state’s recognition of PTSI will help thousands on their road to recovery

The Alaska House and Senate passed House Joint Resolution 30 overwhelmingly; we see the passage as a step forward in helping individuals suffering from post-traumatic… Continue reading

  • May 6, 2016
  • By FAITH MYERS and DORRANCE COLLINS

My Turn: Solar power investments don’t pay off

Ivanpah is a 640,000 megawatt-hour solar farm in California that received $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded federal loans. The project benefited from a loan-guarantee program where… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2016
  • By RANDY T. SIMMONS and JOSH SMITH

My Turn: In response to Rifkind on the KSM Project

I wish to take this opportunity to correct the record regarding several inaccurate and misleading statements that were contained within the April 29 Juneau Empire… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2016
  • By BRENT MURPHY

Empire Editorial: Draft women

If a woman can be president, she should be eligible for the draft, too.Last week, the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2016

My Turn: The issues this legislative session

Four major themes define what must get done in the Legislature this year. They are fiscal, Medicaid, criminal justice, and oil and gas tax credit… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2016
  • By REP. CATHY MUÑOZ

Alaska Editorial: No free lunches

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:During the mid-1900s, Texas lobbyists kept their state legislators in line with the “Three Bs” —… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2016

My Turn: Kim Metcalfe should be praised, not harassed

I must confess to not being particularly involved in the current national election cycle. I feel a sense of great exasperation every time I peek… Continue reading

  • May 3, 2016
  • By LEO HELMAR

My Turn: General aviation connects Alaska

In Alaska we have a saying: “Fly an hour or walk a week.”For us, this has real meaning. There are literally hundreds of communities in Alaska that cannot… Continue reading

  • May 3, 2016
  • By ROB STAPLETON

My Turn: Rep. Reinbold’s budget analysis omits critical information

Rep. Laura Reinbold, R-Eagle River, recently wrote an editorial taking on her colleagues in the Legislature for not cutting the budget enough. Her analysis reflects… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2016
  • By PAUL FUHS