My Turn: Healing the collective trauma of 9/11

I completely disagree with everything stated in the Juneau Empire’s Sept. 24 editorial “Reckless endangerment.” I found its tone extremely troubling and think the claims… Continue reading

  • Oct 2, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Candidate questions to consider

Looking toward our city elections next Tuesday, Oct. 6, here are questions you might ask yourself while weighing your choices of candidates. Regardless of your… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2015

My Turn: Terrified migrants – the crucible of our experiment in democracy

The Juneau Empire editorial “Reckless Endangerment” opens positive possibilities for grasping the underlying human meaning of our beloved “American Dream.” An added plus from this… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Slaughter of two dozen animals for ivory a callous, cowardly act

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:An apparent slaughter of more than two dozen walruses on Alaska’s northwest coast last week was… Continue reading

  • Sep 30, 2015

My Turn: Will Alaska cash in on its natural gas?

A recent Brookings Institution policy brief explored the impact that a cumbersome, and perhaps unpredictable regulatory environment coupled with massive capital investments, could have on… Continue reading

  • Sep 30, 2015

My Turn: Seward’s statue, scars and all

Kudos to the William H. Seward commemorative statue committee for a decision they made recently, concerning the statue they are commissioning to celebrate the upcoming… Continue reading

  • Sep 29, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Cut state travel spending

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:Alaska officials should severely limit state travel, particularly given the latest $91,000 trip taken by 42… Continue reading

  • Sep 29, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to forward thinking. The City and Borough of Juneau is requesting that the Assembly approve the creation of a new position that would… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Alaska should open its doors to refugees

The following editorial first appeared in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:At this moment, thousands of refugees are fleeing some of the worst places on Earth —… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2015

My Turn: Another Southeast Alaska salmon success story

Sept. 23 marked the official end of summer and the beginning of fall, but in Southeast Alaska words like “summer” and “fall” are less about… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2015

My Turn: It’s time for Alaska to drive its destiny

Earlier this week, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and I enlisted the help of seventh-grader Shania Sommer from Palmer to announce the amount of this year’s… Continue reading

  • Sep 27, 2015

Empire Editorial: UA’s budget strategy is akin to climate change denial

There are two ways to address an unpleasant truth: You can confront it, or you can deny it.The University of Alaska has chosen the latter… Continue reading

  • Sep 27, 2015

Empire Editorial: Don’t butter up the bears

We’ve all heard that keeping food away from bears is quite possibly the most important thing humans can do to prevent conflicts, habituation and confrontations… Continue reading

  • Sep 25, 2015

My Turn: Rep. Chenault’s leadership proves need for term limits

“The answer to our state’s fiscal challenge will come from disciplining state spending,” Frank Murkowski once said on the campaign trail.It quote also sounds like… Continue reading

  • Sep 25, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Alaskans’ dignity worth paying for

Like every 7 year old, my granddaughter says the darnedest things.When Claire was getting ready for her first plane ride a year ago, I’d occasionally… Continue reading

  • Sep 24, 2015

My Turn: Reflections of Alaska’s fiscal situation

The other day I was driving past Genoa heading toward Tuscany. Passing Portofino and drawing close to the Cinque Terra, I thought about Hugh Malone,… Continue reading

  • Sep 24, 2015

Editorial: Reckless endangerment

Don’t tell us America isn’t compassionate.No other nation on Earth provides as much humanitarian assistance and relief to others. None. By government fiat and private… Continue reading

  • Sep 24, 2015

Alaska Editorial: ExxonMobil doing heavy lifting on Alaska LNG Project

The following editorial first appeared in the Alaska Journal of Commerce: There was a bit of a flare-up in the ongoing negotiations over the Alaska… Continue reading

  • Sep 23, 2015

My Turn: Making a sustainable and responsible PFD

Announcement of the annual Permanent Fund Dividend is one of Alaskans’ most anticipated events of the year. Dividends are clearly important to Alaska residents and… Continue reading

  • Sep 22, 2015

Planning commission testimony on cannabis

Having resided in Thane for over 40 years, I can agree with a neighbor’s letter to the Commission that Thane “is a real residential neighborhood.”… Continue reading

  • Sep 21, 2015