Opinion

My Turn: Last minute advice for people who need health insurance

When the clock ticks towards midnight on Jan. 31, there’ll be no crowds in New York’s Times Square and families and friends won’t be gathered… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2016
  • By KEVIN COUNIHAN

Commentary: Sarah Palin has let me down

Sarah Palin has made me sad. That’s something that I never thought would happen, particularly since I made a small cottage industry of defending her… Continue reading

  • Jan 24, 2016
  • By CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS

My Turn: How politicians become the problem in government

Senate President Kevin Meyer should look at putting Sens. Pete Kelly and Anna MacKinnon on a shorter leash. The two Senate Finance Committee co-chairs aren’t… Continue reading

  • Jan 21, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Is there a light at the end of the road?

In a recent meeting with our lobbyists and legislative delegation, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly heard more bad economic news. It’s no secret… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: Tongass transition plan lacks initiative

Change is not for the risk averse. It is scary stuff that takes us out of our comfort zones and into the unknown.It’s also how… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2016
  • By DOMINICK A. DELLASALA and JIM FURNISH

Empire Editorial: There is no next year if budget isn’t fixed now

Welcome back, members of the Alaska Legislature. We wish you were returning under better circumstances.When the last Legislative session began in January 2015, oil prices… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2016

My Turn: It’s time to put our wealth to work

By now, most of you know we have a budget challenge.Over the past two years, Alaska’s oil revenue has plummeted by 88 percent, mainly due… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2016
  • By BILL WALKER

My Turn: Celebrating National Mentoring Month

Mentoring. It’s a word we hear nearly every day. It describes a powerful component of our development — our development in education, in sports, in… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2016
  • By TABER REHBAUM

Empire Editorial: Silence and secrecy no more

This newspaper once referred to Gov. Bill Walker as a rogue while endorsing his opponent, Sean Parnell, during the 2014 election. In recent weeks Walker… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2016

My Turn: What AMHS learned during community meetings

The Alaska Marine Highway System held six community engagement meetings across coastal Alaska last month. During this time the department also held numerous meetings with… Continue reading

  • Jan 17, 2016
  • By MICHAEL NEUSSL

My Turn: We’re no stronger by arming ourselves against fear

Whether it was a hydrogen bomb or not, North Korea’s nuclear test was a cause for alarm. But that’s not because their grossly inferior military… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: The Forest Service offers bountiful opportunities

This week, Alaska’s policy makers will turn their attention to resolving the state government’s fiscal crisis while maintaining critical services and supporting local and regional… Continue reading

  • Jan 14, 2016
  • By BETH PENDLETON

My Turn: The challenges ahead will make the University of Alaska stronger

As I reflect on my first 120 days serving as president of the University of Alaska, and look toward the days and years ahead, I… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2016
  • By JIM JOHNSEN

My Turn: Protect the Tongass National Forest

I have fished and crabbed for over 10 years, from Bristol Bay to Southeast Alaska. Fishing is my job, but unlike most people, I love… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2016
  • By BRENT WARREN

My Turn: Down the gas pipeline rabbit hole

In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan famously stated that, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” hence the subsequent… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2016
  • By ALEXANDER HOKE

My Turn: Support the RED Tape Act

As the president of the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, I read with interest Rich Moniak’s criticism of Sen. Dan Sullivan’s fight to combat federal overregulation… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2016
  • By CURTIS THAYER

My Turn: Transportation funding fallacies deserve correction

Alaskans are facing a sobering reality: we can no longer afford the same service levels from state government. An oil revenue-induced state deficit resulted in… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2016
  • By MARC LUIKEN
Kate Troll

My Turn: Find the good, grow the good

The inspiration for this column comes from two places. One is that it’s the end of year and the second is from Haines writer and… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2016
  • By Kate Troll
Kate Troll

My Turn: We need to be bipartisan owners of Alaska

By putting a statewide sales tax on the table, Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, has signaled to his majority caucus that it’s time to consider finding… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Obituary for the Last Frontier

Alaskans are proud of the independent, free spirit that built this state. People from the Lower 48 watch shows and travel here to just feel… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2016
  • By NICOLE JOHNSON