Opinion

Alaska Editorial: In debating revenue measures, Legislature should be evenhanded

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:With less than a week remaining in this year’s session, the Legislature is finally getting down… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2016

MyTurn: Trans-Alaska Trail

The moment I heard about the vision for the Trans-Alaska Trail, I was really excited.This is the kind of idea Alaska needs right now. Our… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2016
  • By HARLOW ROBINSON

My Turn: Senator tries to rewrite history about the Alaska Safe Children’s Act

Down the rabbit hole we go. A fairy tale is a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending, or it is a… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2016
  • By CINDY MOORE

My Turn: Easy to start, impossible to kill – the Juneau Access Improvement Project

A recent column by Win Gruening disparaged the conclusion in the “Easy to Start, Impossible to Finish” report by Lois Epstein that the Juneau Access… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2016
  • By DAVID G. CLARKE

My Turn: My thoughts on the LIO building situation

Last week, the Legislative Council voted 13-1 to offer $32.5 million to purchase the Anchorage Legislative Information Office (LIO) from its developers. This decision has… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2016
  • By REP. SAM KITO III

Empire Editorial: ‘Castration bill’ upsets power balance

Since 2012, members of the House and Senate majorities have refused to take action on Medicaid expansion. By refusing to allow a vote, they have… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2016

My Turn: Bishop spreads the pain; Alaska Legislature wastes time and money

Well, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Catholic Bishop Ed Burns, head of the Juneau diocese, testified to the Alaska Legislature, saying the Juneau… Continue reading

  • Apr 8, 2016
  • By SARA BOESSER

My Turn: Is there a method to Trump’s nuclear madness?

Despite being fiscal hawks, Alaska’s Congressional delegation were elated by the Pentagon’s announcement that Eielson Air Force Base will be a home for a fleet… Continue reading

  • Apr 8, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: SB 174 is unfortunately necessary

It’s unfortunate that legislation like Senate Bill 174 even needs to be debated. In a perfect world, there would be no threat of violence at… Continue reading

  • Apr 8, 2016

My Turn: A flawed bill for more than 1.3 million reasons

$1.3 million dollars.That is the amount of money that the University of Alaska estimates will be needed to hire consultants to review and establish security… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2016
  • By CASEY J. RUDKIN

My Turn: GCI’s commitment to Alaska and Alaska’s future

GCI is proud to be Alaska born and raised. We were founded in 1979 to provide Alaskans a competitive choice in communications services and deploy… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2016
  • By GREG CHAPADOS

My Turn: The economic reality of Alaska’s timber industry

As an eco-tour business, The Boat Company is troubled by an column written by Southeast Conference that appeared March 30, 2016, in SitNews. The column… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2016
  • By LARRY WEST

My Turn: Proceed with caution overhauling oil and gas tax credits

In Thursday’s editorial, the Juneau Empire augured into the depths of oil and gas tax credits, and spudded some misconceptions.Tax credits are complicated, but let’s… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2016
  • By FRANK McQUEARY
Kate Troll.

My Turn: Bring the ‘Bern’ to the Alaska Legislature

Last Tuesday, over 8,000 Alaskans took hours out of their day to crowd together in schools and civic centers all across Alaska to caucus for… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016
  • By Kate Troll
Kate Troll.

My Turn: ‘And now, it is time for a political revolution!’

This past Saturday, over 1,000 people inflated Centennial Hall with their cheers and their passion. At 17, I was rendered unable to caucus, but allowed… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2016
  • By TASHA ELIZARDE

My Turn: Is the American Dream still great?

Normally I find debates about America’s greatness to be rather superficial. We’re not perfect, but surely the country is founded on great ideas and has… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: UnDemocratic Caucus

Last week’s Alaska Democratic Party caucuses revealed two things: The state’s appreciation for Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, runs deep. Alaska’s Democratic primary is just as… Continue reading

  • Apr 1, 2016

My Turn: Easy to say, impossible to believe

The environmental community’s latest salvo attempting to torpedo the Juneau Access Project has arrived. Like numerous other attempts sponsored by the Wilderness Society, the Southeast… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

Empire Editorial: Alaska’s looming car accident

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to survive a car accident, you know the feeling.Once your hands have stopped shaking and you stop to remember it,… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2016

My Turn: Justice reinvestment needed for both offenders and victims

I am a victim of sexual abuse and domestic violence. I am also an offender with two felony drug convictions. These two things are related.… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2016
  • By KARA NELSON