Opinion

My Turn: We need to be bipartisan owners of Alaska

By putting a statewide sales tax on the table, Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, has signaled to his majority caucus that it’s time to consider finding… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Obituary for the Last Frontier

Alaskans are proud of the independent, free spirit that built this state. People from the Lower 48 watch shows and travel here to just feel… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2016
  • By NICOLE JOHNSON

My Turn: Jamie Parsons: An uncommon leader

This last year, Juneau lost a former mayor and Assemblyman and one of its staunchest supporters and cheerleaders. He wasn’t born here but became so… Continue reading

  • Jan 7, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: Small schools face big problems

Faced with loss of state funding, increasing numbers of rural Alaskan schools face the reality of having their doors closed even when there are still… Continue reading

  • Jan 7, 2016
  • By DAVID NEES

Empire Editorial: Predictions for things to come in 2016

Early Friday morning, people around the world took time out of their lives to celebrate the start of another new year. We celebrate because promise… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2016

Empire Readers Council Editorial: Walker-Mallott earn B- grade in 2015

One year into the administration of Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott is a good time to take stock and evaluate how they… Continue reading

  • Jan 1, 2016

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