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My Turn: If you have a doctor who can't see past the fat, it's time to find a new doctor

My Turn: If you have a doctor who can’t see past the fat, it’s time to find a new doctor

I’ve been reading with earnest the local and national media’s coverage of the obesity epidemic and the shortcomings of the medical community in properly treating… Continue reading

  • Oct 11, 2016
  • By JUSTIN CLARK
My Turn: If you have a doctor who can't see past the fat, it's time to find a new doctor
A rig drills one of the two exploration wells Caelus Energy drilled at its remote North Slope Smith Bay prospect earlier this year.

Alaska Editorial: New oil find field will benefit state, but doesn’t fix revenue problem

The following editorial first appeared in The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:There’s no question that Caelus Energy Alaska’s major oil find on the North Slope will be… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2016
A rig drills one of the two exploration wells Caelus Energy drilled at its remote North Slope Smith Bay prospect earlier this year.

My Turn: Transparency in government requires homework on all sides

It was troubling to read Bruce Abel’s Sept. 25 My Turn that suggested my latest column about the “The Road” was a “distortion of facts… Continue reading

  • Oct 9, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Protests: Not just what, but why

Opinion polls reveal substantial opposition to San Francisco football player Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. Kaepernick has stated… Continue reading

  • Oct 9, 2016
  • By Phil Campbell

Empire Editorial: Dunleavy’s bill will sink PFDs

If you haven’t spent your Permanent Fund Dividend yet, hold it close and tight. It may be be one of the last, and largest, you… Continue reading

  • Oct 9, 2016
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Malaspina heads up Lynn Canal towards Haines and Skagway from Juneau in 2008.

My Turn: Juneau Road Project is fiscally responsible

The construction of the Lynn Canal Highway, connecting Juneau, Haines and Skagway, first proposed over 50 years ago, is back in the news. Apparently, Gov.… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Malaspina heads up Lynn Canal towards Haines and Skagway from Juneau in 2008.

My Turn: Congress should allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices

Most Americans want Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, but Congress is not concerned about their opinions. Instead, Congress answers to corporate special interests… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2016
  • By MARGARET STOCK
My Turn: Insidious and invisible

My Turn: Insidious and invisible

For those of us newly diagnosed with a mental illness, we are the last to know. We knew something was wrong, but we did not… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2016
  • By BRUCE VAN DUSEN
My Turn: Insidious and invisible
Michael Hirsh, of Olympia, Washington, gets a rare nose-to-nose view of a grizzly bear during his visit to the 27th annual Nisqually Watershed Festival at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Olympia, Washington, on Sept. 24. The taxidermy display — which also included a smaller black bear — were on loan from Cabela's sporting goods for the Nisqually Land Trust's educational display.

Commentary: Yellowstone grizzlies’ new peril

Consider the grizzly bear, while you can. Gone from California since 1924, despite gracing the state flag. Gone from Utah the year before that, when… Continue reading

  • Oct 6, 2016
  • By RICK BASS
Michael Hirsh, of Olympia, Washington, gets a rare nose-to-nose view of a grizzly bear during his visit to the 27th annual Nisqually Watershed Festival at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Olympia, Washington, on Sept. 24. The taxidermy display — which also included a smaller black bear — were on loan from Cabela's sporting goods for the Nisqually Land Trust's educational display.

Editorial: Populism arises from failures of political class

The following editorial first appeared in The Orange County Register:Whatever the outcome of November’s presidential election, one particular note should be apparent to political leaders… Continue reading

  • Oct 6, 2016
In this Feb. 11 file photo, children peer from a partially destroyed home in Aleppo, Syria.

My Turn: It’s time for United Nations to intervene in Syria

If ever there was a conflict in desperate need of intervention by the United Nations, Syria is it.Indeed, the first and foremost purpose of the… Continue reading

  • Oct 6, 2016
  • By RICK STEINER
In this Feb. 11 file photo, children peer from a partially destroyed home in Aleppo, Syria.

Mike Pence has more to lose than an election

If Donald Trump spends even 90 minutes of time preparing for his next debate against Hillary Clinton, let’s hope he spends it watching Mike Pence… Continue reading

  • Oct 4, 2016
  • By PATRICIA MURPHY

Iraq folly: Obama errs in sending in more troops

The following editorial first appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:President Barack Obama’s decision to put 615 more American troops into the Iraq war, announced Wednesday, is… Continue reading

  • Oct 4, 2016

Searching for truth in Trump’s tax return

Rudy Giuliani has tried to make it easy for anyone who might be perplexed about his friend Donald Trump’s income tax maneuvers. All you need… Continue reading

  • Oct 4, 2016
  • By TIMOTHY L. O'BRIEN

My Turn: I will proudly vote for Kate Troll

It was a beautiful day in Juneau and we were on the Malaspina sailing into Auke Bay; I’d been gone for a while and excited… Continue reading

  • Oct 2, 2016
  • By JIM AYERS

Empire Editorial: Endorsements for Assembly, school board

We don’t envy the slate of candidates vying for municipal government seats this year. These individuals will be asked to make some of the most… Continue reading

  • Oct 2, 2016

My Turn: City leaders take measured approach to budget

While Alaska lawmakers wrestled with serious budget issues over the last year, Juneau and many other communities have been relatively untouched by the fiscal calamity… Continue reading

  • Sep 30, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

Empire Editorial: Give the Seward statue the context it deserves

The new Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture is a remarkable place. Rising in black and bronze next to the Washington Monument in… Continue reading

  • Sep 30, 2016

My Turn: ‘The Road’ won’t be a Juneau burden

Normally I wouldn’t take time to respond to a My Turn in the Empire, but in this case Rich Moniak’s My Turn on Sept. 25,… Continue reading

  • Sep 29, 2016
  • By BRUCE ABEL

Empire Editorial: Half of something better than all of nothing

Alaska Sen. Bill Wielechowski needn’t worry about what happens if his lawsuit fails. He should instead worry about what happens if he wins.There are 700… Continue reading

  • Sep 29, 2016