My Turn: Juneau construction projects are uplifting, inspiring

When one goes about the capital city these days, it is impossible not to be inspired and uplifted by all of the exciting construction of… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 2015
  • By Ben Brown

My Turn: Our search for villains and heroes

Americans love political villains. For some on the left, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., accommodated that need last week. His statement that he wouldn’t accept the… Continue reading

  • Oct 30, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Time to buy out TransCanada

The Alaska Legislature should be congratulated for a good week of work. Saturday will mark one week since lawmakers convened in special session to consider… Continue reading

  • Oct 30, 2015

Empire Editorial: Build the money factory to keep Alaska solvent

The next time someone you know uses the phrase “raiding the Permanent Fund,” please do us a favor.Take them aside, talk to them, and gently… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

My Turn: Test driving Alaska’s fiscal model

As the Legislature meets again in special session to wrestle with gas line issues, Gov. Bill Walker’s administration continues to advance its agenda of new… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2015

My Turn: Can Alaska afford our state government?

The State of Alaska must be very careful in authorizing any new spending on the proposed liquified natural gas line. It is obvious from the… Continue reading

  • Oct 28, 2015

My Turn: Best way to advance AKLNG is together

I was reminded recently, while viewing a short film produced by the Consumer Energy Alliance of the marvel that is our Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).I… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2015
  • By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Keep working for a Downtown parking solution

Something dispiriting happened to me in Juneau on Friday, Oct. 16. I had a half-hour to kill in the afternoon and, since the swarms of… Continue reading

  • Oct 26, 2015

My Turn: Education in Hawaii, Alaska a bad comparison

While it’s often fruitful to compare education systems of other states with Alaska’s, David Nees’ misrepresentation of two facts, the premises of his Oct. 19… Continue reading

  • Oct 26, 2015

Empire Editorial: Talking about suicide is difficult, but we must

His name was Anthony Choquette.On Oct. 17, the last day of the Alaska Federation of Natives, he committed suicide in about as public a manner… Continue reading

  • Oct 25, 2015

My Turn: Old associations: Hopeful developments on campaigns and guns

What common accomplishment do Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump share in this year’s presidential race? Answer: Raising the profile of the small donor. As… Continue reading

  • Oct 25, 2015
  • By Kate Troll

My Turn: How did climate change affect Shell’s Arctic decision?

When Shell decided to suspend its Arctic exploration indefinitely, they said it was due to disappointing results, the high cost of the operation and “the… Continue reading

  • Oct 23, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: We say ‘No’ to Obama’s ‘Cadillac tax’

If you haven’t heard about the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac tax,” you will. This tax, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2018, is… Continue reading

  • Oct 23, 2015

Empire Editorial: Ocean center shouldn’t gobble 6-ton whale

A group of locals is asking for a 6-ton hood ornament. The problem: They don’t yet have a car or the money to buy one.This… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2015

My Turn: Alaska can save Calif. from drought

Well, here we go again, one more spin on the merry-go-round. As the special session is set to begin on the gas line Saturday, the… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2015

My Turn: Give a little, gain a lot

As many of you already know, this year’s United Way Fall Campaign is underway. Giving is a very personal choice. It’s an experience that unites… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Roadless Rule in Supreme Court’s hands

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:It was in January of 2001 that President Bill Clinton, in the final moments of his… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2015

My Turn: DIPAC, ADFG produce a ‘silver’ lining

On Labor Day weekend as I walked the shoreline of the beach behind the former Thane Ore House, a joy of salmon abundance overwhelmed me… Continue reading

  • Oct 20, 2015

My Turn: Should Alaska’s education go Hawaiian?

Alaska, the 49th state, is struggling with its education funding, an annual event that draws lots attention to the state budget and usually is the… Continue reading

  • Oct 19, 2015

Empire Editorial: Trappers and hikers can coexist

No one wants to see animals suffer, and few want to see them caught in traps. But trapping in the Last Frontier has a long… Continue reading

  • Oct 19, 2015