Opinion

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

Alaska Editorial: Despite veto, governor not to blame for state’s fiscal woes

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:The announcement of the amount of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend amount — $1,022 —… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2016
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June 2015.

Alaska Editorial: A solution for the Marine Highway

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:Alaska’s ferry system is sailing in stormy seas these days, buffeted by a growing tempest of… Continue reading

  • Sep 27, 2016
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June 2015.

My Turn: Obama’s marine monuments are good start, but so far ignore important coastal seas

While kudos are due for President Barack Obama for his recent Marine National Monument designations in the Pacific and off New England, it is significant… Continue reading

  • Sep 26, 2016
  • By RICK STEINER

My Turn: ‘The Road’ isn’t on course with Gov. Walker’s fiscal goals

Cutting the cost of state government is a vital component of Gov. Bill Walker’s sustainable budget proposal. Every little bit helps. That’s why he’s posted… Continue reading

  • Sep 25, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Smaller dividends are painful but prudent

Alaskans will soon receive our annual dividend checks. This year’s $1,022 check for every qualified resident will help Alaska families with things like winter fuel,… Continue reading

  • Sep 25, 2016
  • By GOV. BILL WALKER

My Turn: What the NEA means for the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is the national federal agency charged with encouraging artistic activity in the American people, for the intrinsic value of… Continue reading

  • Sep 25, 2016
  • By Ben Brown

Alaska Editorial: A tale of two Alaska buildings

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Thursday was an eventful day for spending on buildings in Alaska. In Anchorage, members of… Continue reading

  • Sep 23, 2016

My Turn: Innovation is key to growing an economy

Have you ever had a problem where the solution is so simple it felt like you already knew it, but just hadn’t thought of it… Continue reading

  • Sep 23, 2016
  • By MIA COSTELLO

League Points to Ponder: How to make democracy work

Let’s make democracy work by improving civics education in our schools and community. Our future well-being depends on people sensibly cooperating for effective action and… Continue reading

  • Sep 22, 2016
  • By ANNE FULLER

Empire Editorial: Mark Begich for Interior Secretary

We heard last week that some Alaskans — including some here in Juneau — are asking Mark Begich to launch a write-in campaign for U.S.… Continue reading

  • Sep 22, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Homelessness affects the whole community

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: Anyone can experience homelessness.That notion should be viewed as the foundation for efforts to assist the… Continue reading

  • Sep 21, 2016

Alaska Editorial: State budget cuts’ impact being felt

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility closed this week, an event that brought lay-off notices to 15… Continue reading

  • Sep 21, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Ketchikan library needs support

This editorial originally ran in the Ketchikan Daily News:Ketchikan’s library is a showpiece enjoyed throughout the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, including outside of city limits.That’s not… Continue reading

  • Sep 19, 2016

My Turn: State’s AlaskaCare Retiree Health Plan needs administrator oversight

On Jan. 1, 2014, Mike Barnhill, deputy commissioner of the Department of Administration, implemented a new appeal process for the state’s AlaskaCare Health Plans. He… Continue reading

  • Sep 19, 2016
  • By FREDA MILLER
In this file photo from August, Members of the Park Bronze Foundry in Enterprise, Ore., and a lift operator from North Pacific Erectors ready the six-and-a-half ton bronze whale sculpture to be placed on its foundation at what will become Bridge Park.

My Turn: Tourists will judge the value of Juneau’s whale park

In his Sept. 9 commentary, Win Gruening was right to criticize the Empire Readers’ Council (ERC) for speculating about the motives behind the head tax… Continue reading

  • Sep 18, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak
In this file photo from August, Members of the Park Bronze Foundry in Enterprise, Ore., and a lift operator from North Pacific Erectors ready the six-and-a-half ton bronze whale sculpture to be placed on its foundation at what will become Bridge Park.

My Turn: What happens in Canada doesn’t stay in Canada

Alaskans are being asked to essentially bear all the risks and none of the economic benefits for nearly a dozen massive Canadian mines in the… Continue reading

  • Sep 16, 2016
  • By MARK JENSEN

My Turn: Let Gary Johnson join the debates

A recent Quinnipiac University poll asked likely voters the following question: “Do you think that Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, should be included… Continue reading

  • Sep 16, 2016
  • By RON NIELSON

League Points to Ponder: Nonpartisanship in local elections

Our Assembly and School Board members are elected on a nonpartisan basis. Why is that, and does it matter?State statutes require Alaska’s local governments to… Continue reading

  • Sep 15, 2016
  • By PAT WATT