Opinion

My Turn: Juneau’s economy is stable, but tied to state’s fiscal crisis

The Juneau Economic Development Council recently released its 2015 Economic Indicators report, showing that if it were not for the loss of government jobs, Juneau’s… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2015
  • By Kate Troll

Empire Editorial: Closing schools will shut down communities

There have been and will continue to be many discussions among lawmakers and the public as to how best shore up Alaska’s $4 billion budget… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2015

My Turn: How can we celebrate Dr. Walter Soboleff Day?

HB217 was passed and signed into law by the 28th Alaska State Legislature in 2014, “an act establishing November 14 each year as Dr. Walter… Continue reading

  • Nov 13, 2015
  • By JANE LINDSEY

My Turn: A dissenting view of Veterans Day

Another Veterans Day has come and gone. The parades are over, and so are the countless speeches expressing gratitude to all the men and women… Continue reading

  • Nov 13, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Recent appointment of Loretta Bullard

Gov. Bill Walker made an appointment a few weeks ago that has received little attention but that produced great benefit to the state and its… Continue reading

  • Nov 12, 2015
  • By NICOLE BORROMEO

My Turn: Your opportunity to address trapping rules

Trapping season has officially begun in Alaska. The recent trapping case in Juneau, involving a hiker releasing a bald eagle and springing other traps to… Continue reading

  • Nov 12, 2015
  • By MICHELLE ANDERSON

Alaska Editorial: Calming effect

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Developing a plan and beginning to implement it has a calming effect, and Gov. Bill… Continue reading

  • Nov 11, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Sturgeon case vital for Alaska’s sovereignty

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: The case of John Sturgeon versus the National Park Service and the Department of the… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2015

My Turn: Somewhere between Reefer Madness and the Nirvana Network

With the passage of the Marijuana Initiative (Ballot 2) in November 2014, Alaskans participated in bringing to pass a panoply of possibilities and challenges that… Continue reading

  • Nov 9, 2015
  • By Carolyn Brown

My Turn: Alaskan grown plan can save PFD and not raise taxes

Late October was an interesting time for Alaskan fiscal issues with Governor Bill Walker revealing more details about his fiscal plan. The signature move of… Continue reading

  • Nov 9, 2015
  • By AARON LOJEWSKI

My turn: Pipeline pitfalls plentiful as state takes on larger role

It is unreasonable to think that the state will get a return on an investment in the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gasline project for 8-12 years.… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2015
  • By HARRY NOAH, JOHN REEVES, FRANK MURKOWSKI, JIM CLARK, MARC LANGLAND and PERRY GREEN

My Turn: United Legislature grants control of state’s destiny

This was an historic week for Alaska. Thanks to our state legislators, we took a significant step toward controlling our own destiny. The Legislature held… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2015
  • By GOV. BILL WALKER

Empire Editorial: Feed the eagles, not the rabbits

They may be cute and fuzzy, but they’re not to be taken lightly. We are referring to potentially hundreds of feral rabbits that have infiltrated… Continue reading

  • Nov 8, 2015

My Turn: A plan to end a regressive entitlement

After 11 months of budget uncertainty, Gov. Bill Walker has taken the helm to offer a realistic solution to our fiscal crisis. His Sovereign Wealth… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Daylight saving time is a necessary inconvenience

Editor’s note: The following editorial first published Feb. 11, 2015, in the Juneau Empire. The editorial is being reprinted in light of a House subcommittee… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2015

My Turn: Keep Alaskan food pesticide free

I have been a rural Alaskan resident for 40 years, trolling, longlining and oyster farming for a living. Here on Prince of Wales, a huge… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2015
  • By CINDY WYATT

Empire Editorial: Keep feds out of Alaskans’ private data

It came across like an email forwarded from grandma: Facebook is listening to everything you say.Of course, it wasn’t true.The social media network last year… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2015

My Turn: Alaska, U.S. small businesses deserve better

We all know Washington, D.C. is far away from Alaska, but just because it is far away doesn’t mean that the dysfunction there doesn’t hurt… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2015
  • By RACHAEL PETRO

Empire Readers’ Council editorial: Reaching our community’s full potential

Events in Juneau, some as recent as this summer, have reminded us that racism is alive and well in our capital city. Treating each other… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015

My Turn: Investing in the state’s future through the Univeristy of Alaska

This week, as the University of Alaska Board of Regents prepares to consider a Fiscal Year 2017 proposed budget, I’m reminded of Winston Churchill, who… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2015
  • By JIM JOHNSEN