Opinion

My Turn: Solution deniers versus solution seekers

As I noted in a previous column, a poll done by the Alaska Dispatch News (Jan. 28, 2016) showed “an overwhelming proportion of respondents —… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2016
  • By Kate Troll

ERC Editorial: Marijuana certainty needed

In her recent speech to the Alaska Legislature, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, stressed her efforts to reduce federal restrictions on the state’s business activities, while… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2016
  • By EMPIRE READERS' COUNCIL

My Turn: Special election, indeed

For those of us accustomed to sleepy, lackluster municipal elections, the mayoral race between Karen Crane and Ken Koelsch was a startling change. The Koelsch… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: Obama’s Arctic insult

Should President Barack Obama have consulted with Gov. Bill Walker and Alaska’s congressional delegation before establishing an Arctic agreement with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?… Continue reading

  • Mar 18, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Alaska Editorial: Bipartisan support of drug overdose bill a good sign in face of epidemic

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:There’s no question — Alaska has a heroin problem. It’s not solely Alaska’s problem; the U.S.… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2016

My Turn: The Republican presidential poll exceeded expectations

Rich Moniak, in his premature speculation (published March 11 in the Empire) about results of the Alaska Republican Party’s Presidential Preference Poll, leads readers into… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2016
  • By FRANK McQUEARY

My Turn: March out of madness

In Juneau, indeed all through Southeast Alaska, March is a time of enjoyable basketball madness. Southeast Alaskans gather here to enjoy a time honored celebration… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2016
  • By GEORGE W. BROWN

Alaska Editorial: Iditarod incident highlights need to address underlying issues

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has seen some dark nights in its 44 years… Continue reading

  • Mar 16, 2016

My Turn: Alaska can’t afford to kick the can down the road

Alaskans, it’s time to make some hard decisions. As you’ve probably heard, our state is facing a perfect fiscal storm. Mainly due to a sharp… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2016
  • By GOV. BILL WALKER and LT. GOV. BYRON MALLOTT

Empire Editorial: Please, tax us

Last week, the Alaska House approved a draft of the state operating budget for the next fiscal year. On Monday, the Alaska Senate approved another… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2016

Empire Editorial: Odd election gets no endorsement

Tuesday’s special election to pick a new mayor is unusual, so perhaps it is fitting we have an unusual endorsement.We pick ... no one.There is… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2016

My Turn: Despite drop in rates, Alaska still plagued by sexual assaults

Recently, the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center released the results of their most recent Alaska Victimization Survey, which has shown a decline in intimate… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2016
  • By COL. JAMES E. COCKRELL

My Turn: Commercial marijuana cultivation does not belong in neighborhoods

Last week, Alaska opened its doors to the commercial marijuana industry. While Ballot Measure 2 during the 2014 statewide election provided voter direction for legalizing… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2016
  • By JUDY SHERBURNE, WAYNE CARNES and CAROLYN BROWN

Empire Editorial: A spotlight where the sun don’t shine

Alaska is no stranger to public scandals. A decade ago, we discovered oil executives were bribing lawmakers. In 2014, the National Guard sex assault scandal… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2016

Empire Editorial: Be angry about suicide

On Monday, Miranda Ellen Davison shot and killed herself on the steps of Juneau’s Dimond Courthouse.The area was cordoned off by police, traffic was diverted,… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2016

My Turn: An analysis of the low, record-breaking GOP turnout

Alaska’s Republican Party leaders were excited to boast about the record turnout for their Presidential Preference Poll last week. They attributed it to “extraordinarily high”… Continue reading

  • Mar 11, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Your Alaska driver’s license and the REAL ID

My research began trying to determine if the DMV was actually using facial recognition software for the new Driver License (DL) photograph and if so,… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2016
  • By PAMELA GOODE

Alaska Editorial: Time to act on Alaska’s state budget

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:The Alaska Legislature is midway through its annual 90-day session and working with diligence, we hope,… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Earthquake omission for Alaska

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:Really? An Obama administration earthquake summit without Alaska? In the United States?Come on.Alaska is one of… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016

My Turn: It’s a privilege to pay taxes

I am 61 years old and have resided in Juneau for more than 50 of those years. I am retired from the Juneau Police Department… Continue reading

  • Mar 9, 2016
  • By ROBERT FLETCHER