Opinion

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Opinion: Refuge oil leases are a dose of harsh reality

To have the state step in the role of the private sector is clearly a move of desperation.

  • Jan 18, 2021
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Opinion: Can a new spymaster turn around the embattled CIA?

Abused, insulted and threatened for four years by Donald Trump, the CIA is like a battered child.

  • Jan 15, 2021

Opinion: The fortitude of Sen. Murkowski’s conscience

By Rich Moniak Sen. Lisa Murkowski made national headlines for being the first Republican in Congress to demand that Donald Trump resign. “I want him… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2021

Opinion: New help and hop in federal Alzheimer’s legislation

The Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act would help educate clinicians on services through Medicare.

Opinion: Both parties share blame for America’s condition

They live in a swamp of their own making. They need each other to climb out.

  • Jan 14, 2021

Opinion: We could all use a refresher course in civics

The events of Jan. 6 were only the latest and most extreme illustration of America’s confusion.

  • Jan 14, 2021

Opinion: A preserved watershed is more valuable than a developed one

Perhaps we just lived through the “golden years” of out-of-town visitors to the Mendenhall Glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier and Mendenhall Lake in 2017. Significant development is proposed for the area to the left of the glacier’s terminus. (Laurie Craig)

Opinion: Have you seen what is proposed at Mendenhall Glacier?

Many of us spent time this year hiking trails without large crowds. That would change.

  • Jan 13, 2021
Mendenhall Glacier and Mendenhall Lake in 2017. Significant development is proposed for the area to the left of the glacier’s terminus. (Laurie Craig)

Opinion: Where do right-wing media go after being splintered by Trump?

Just as President Donald Trump fractured and debased the Republican Party with his anger, lies and conspiracy theories about the November election, he has done… Continue reading

  • Jan 12, 2021
Despite howling winds and plenty of slush, dozens of people attended a scoping open house in February 2020 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Despite howling winds and plenty of slush, dozens of people attended a scoping open house in February 2020 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Arctic Refuge oil lease sale is act of desperate addiction

The sale was an embarrassing bust.

  • Jan 10, 2021
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Then-Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary smiles outside the visitor center, May 3, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Forest Service proposal lacks necessary vision

The Forest Service needs to demonstrate solutions that do not burn fossil fuels…

  • Jan 9, 2021
Then-Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary smiles outside the visitor center, May 3, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
A vial of the Pfizer vaccine used at The Reservoir nursing facility, is shown, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in West Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo / Stephen Dunn,Pool)

Opinion: We can be grateful that state vaccine plan prioritizes seniors

Alaska’s plan departs from federal guidance in several respects.

  • Jan 9, 2021
A vial of the Pfizer vaccine used at The Reservoir nursing facility, is shown, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in West Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo / Stephen Dunn,Pool)
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Opinion: The truth of what America has become

No, we aren’t better. This is what we’ve become.

  • Jan 9, 2021
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Opinion: Recontextualizing and understanding religious freedom

Context matters when considering Jefferson’s contributions.

  • Jan 8, 2021
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Opinion: Stop excusing the male gaze of women of color

It doesn’t excuse you in my situation.

  • Jan 2, 2021
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Opinion: Bad economic policy comes disguised as compassion

Neither the feds nor state has money in the bank to cover such unnecessary expenses.

  • Jan 2, 2021
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Opinion: Let’s keep the pot from boiling over

We need to put our differences aside, and work together.

  • Dec 31, 2020
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Opinion: I appreciate Murkowski’s climate and energy leadership

The real sleeper is the relief and hope this bill offers for a rapidly warming Earth.

  • Dec 30, 2020
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Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Quakers ask for support and advocacy in opposition to ANWR drilling

By Laura Herman “It is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. They are not merely one minority among others,… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2020
Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)