Opinion

My Turn: Native corps. more important than ever

As Alaskans, there are many benefits this great land provides us through its beauty, open spaces and natural resources. Another unique feature our state can… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2015
  • By GERAD GODFREY

My Turn: FDA wrong on Frankenfish

Despite overwhelming opposition from scientists, consumers and fishermen, the product commonly referred to as “Frankenfish” could unknowingly be your choice for dinner as early as… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2015
  • By REPS. DON YOUNG and PETER DEFAZIO

Alaska Editorial: Closing rural schools to aid the state budget isn’t the best option

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily:Schools are the heartbeat of many small communities. Take away a school, or easy access to a… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2015

My Turn: A day that will live in infamy!

Seventy-four years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a rousing impassioned speech to Congress. As a young boy I listened spellbound. By war’s end, 290,000 American… Continue reading

  • Dec 14, 2015
  • By JACK CADIGAN

My Turn: Your service to the community matters

As an accountant, I know that United Way of Southeast Alaska allows contributions to be more efficient in their impact in the community. What I… Continue reading

  • Dec 13, 2015
  • By MARK MESDAG

My Turn: Every student succeeds

Fixing the flawed No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has been years in the making. This past week, we’ve reached a major milestone. On Thursday,… Continue reading

  • Dec 13, 2015
  • By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Beyond rotten apples and their defenders

Last May, William Wingate filed a lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department and the former officer who wrongly arrested him 10 months earlier.“Most of the… Continue reading

  • Dec 11, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Jay Hammond was right

In 1985, a reporter from the Christian Science Monitor flew out to see Jay Hammond.The former governor obliged her, showing her around his 160-acre homestead… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2015

My Turn: Alaska’s budget challenge

As most Alaskans know, a sharp drop in the price of oil over the last year and a half blew a gaping hole in the… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2015
  • By BILL WALKER

Have Alaska’s children been left behind?

When results of new standardized testing for Alaska’s public school students were released last month, there was initial shock and dismay expressed by some parents… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2015
  • By WIN GRUENING

Alaska Editorial: Delegation sponsors measure to combat pirate vessels

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:In Interior Alaska, hundreds of miles from the ocean, it’s a safe bet most people aren’t… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015

My Turn: Support the needy and homeless

For over three decades, the Glory Hole Shelter and Soup Kitchen, located on South Franklin Street in Juneau, has offered 20 meals a week to… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • By JOHN GAGUINE

Empire Editorial: Holiday tradition returns tonight

The city of Juneau is only 135 years old. It doesn’t have many century-old traditions.One of them returns tonight.For the 100th time, the Governor’s Mansion… Continue reading

  • Dec 8, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Shifting responsibility

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:It appears that the State of Alaska — once again — is quietly attempting to shift… Continue reading

  • Dec 8, 2015

My Turn: Taj MaHawker doesn’t pass the sniff test

Recently, newspaper articles have reported about the sole source contract negotiated by Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, to upgrade the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. These reports… Continue reading

  • Dec 8, 2015
  • By TARA JOLLIE

My Turn: Honesty is the only sound foundation for business and government

If government would just work like a business, it’s often said, then all its waste can be eliminated. But even the most profitable businesses in… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Drop the Glass Tower

On Friday, the Alaska Legislature’s Legislative Council could have saved the state of Alaska $30 million.Instead, they punted.The Legislative Council, which conducts the Legislature’s business… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2015

My Turn: Pivotal moment in Alaska’s history

This moment in Alaska’s history is pivotal in determining what our future as a state will look like. The sudden drop in oil prices and… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2015
  • By REPS. SCOTT KAWASAKI, SAM KITO, ANDY JOSEPHSON and HARRIET DRUMMOND

My Turn: Alaska’s foster children need help, homes

All children should have a loving home and the opportunity to succeed. That’s unfortunately not the case for many of Alaska’s foster youths. Today, 40… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2015
  • By LES GARA

Empire Editorial: Longing for what could have been

In time, Juneau residents will learn how Mayor Stephen “Greg” Fisk died.We will never learn what his tenure as mayor might have meant to Alaska’s… Continue reading

  • Dec 2, 2015