Opinion

My Turn: Alaskan shines with pride: The Capitol Christmas Tree

On Wednesday, all Alaskans can shine with pride at the lighting of the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. This year, a 74-foot… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2015
  • By BETH PENDLETON

Working together

This editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News on Nov. 28:Neither Alaska nor British Columbia succeed by harming the other’s environment or economy.Given that,… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2015

My Turn: Walker’s first year as governor a disappointment

Reflecting on Gov. Bill Walker’s first year in office (today is his one-year anniversary), he has for the most part been a real breath of… Continue reading

  • Dec 1, 2015
  • By RICK STEINER

My Turn: Tongass reform anniversary is cause for celebration

It has been 25 years since the Tongass Timber Reform Act (TTRA) was signed into law. This legislation became the most significant piece of conservation… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2015
  • By BART KOEHLER

Moniak: The evolutionary path to Frankenfish

Rep. Don Young, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan all responded to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of genetically engineered salmon with… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Readers’ Council Editorial: Publishing of ‘Reckless Endangerment’ simply reckless

The editorial column “Reckless Endangerment” addressing the Syrian refugee situation which the Empire published last month, provoked a flood of comments from Juneau readers and… Continue reading

  • Nov 27, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Coffee on fish board menu

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: After years of arguments about fairness, access and influence, it may finally be that what it… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2015

My Turn: Thank you, America

In the emotional and often heated debate regarding U.S. aid to Syrian refugees, it would be easy to forget America’s leadership in welcoming and helping… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2015
  • By WIN GRUENING

Alaska Editorial: Little by little, reduced services highlight the state’s serious budget problems

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: An unsettling notice arrived from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities just before… Continue reading

  • Nov 25, 2015

Welcome the Syrian refugees

“Lord, when did we see you a stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you? … And the king will answer, ‘Amen, I say… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2015
  • By CHARLES ROHRBACHER

Empire Editorial: The cost of avoiding bad press

Alaska finds itself marred by its third major scandal in less than a decade. First was a VECO bribery scandal that ended the careers of… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2015

My Turn: Unified effort in congress protects Alaska’s seafood powerhouse

Alaska is our nation’s seafood powerhouse. With nine of our country’s top 20 fishing ports by volume, we understand the vital role our seafood industry… Continue reading

  • Nov 22, 2015
  • By SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI, SEN. DAN SULLIVAN and REP. DON YOUNG

Alaska Editorial: Body-worn cameras can help interactions between police, citizens

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily-News MinerEarlier this week, Fairbanks City Mayor John Eberhart and Police Chief Randall Aragon gave an update… Continue reading

  • Nov 22, 2015

My Turn: Not knowing is a freedom we can no longer afford

Syrian refugees aren’t wanted here. That’s the message from more than 30 governors who all claim it’s their first duty to ensure the safety of… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Risk of Syrian refugees is unacceptably high

While I am the chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, the views I am expressing are my own. I believe that they closely reflect the… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2015
  • By PETER S. GOLDBERG

Empire Editorial: Salmon horror story

You sit back in your cinema seat and grab your popcorn.The lights go down and the show begins. A giant wooden door appears on the… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2015

My Turn: Let mercy and hope triumph

Our snowfall this week has Juneau looking a bit more like Christmas. In light of some of the headlines recently, it would do us good… Continue reading

Empire Editorial: Alaska’s prison system is killing Alaskans

Joseph Murphy was having a bad morning.On Aug. 14, he woke up in jail. The night before, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.165 percent, he… Continue reading

  • Nov 18, 2015

My Turn: Apprenticeships more important than ever

Gov. Bill Walker recently signed Administrative Order 278 to expand use of registered apprenticeships on state construction and resource development projects on state lands. This… Continue reading

  • Nov 17, 2015
  • By HEIDI DRYGAS

My Turn: Don’t wait for Alaska to crash

“The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2015
  • By FRAN ULMER