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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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