Opinion

Empire Editorial: House puts state’s money where its mouth is

The Alaska House of Representatives obviously gets it. We’re hoping the Alaska Senate will, too.The House on Monday voted 38-1 in support of a resolution… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2016

My Turn: Prince William Sound: A forgotten wilderness?

As a lover of wild places, I’ve thrived on Alaska’s wilderness over the course of the past 40 years. Like thousands of others, I’m grateful… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2016
  • By DEBBIE S. MILLER FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

My Turn: Alaska’s domestic violence, sexual assualt prevention efforts are working

The Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault supports the work of Alaska’s domestic violence and sexual assault shelters and violence prevention efforts statewide. To… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2016
  • By LAUREE MORTON

My Turn: Energy literacy yields extraordinary financial returns while helping the planet

Would you like to have a bank account with a 200 percent interest rate? The fact of the matter is that many Alaskans have it… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2016
  • By TOM MARSIK

Another Super Bowl, another brain trauma casualty

The following editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Friday, Feb. 5:It is ever harder to watch the Super Bowl without mixed feelings. This week,… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2016

My Turn: The real Walmart

Over the past few weeks, 154 Walmart stores all across the United States have been closing down, affecting an estimated 10,000 employees. As you may… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2016
  • By JESS LEVIN

My Turn: LNG for Juneau: Coals to Newcastle?

Avista, the natural gas and electric utility that owns Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., approached our Assembly and our legislators last fall to seek… Continue reading

  • Feb 4, 2016
  • By DOUG WOODBY

My Turn: Political grandstanding is dead-end goverance

This week the Senate Resources Committee held public hearings on HB 115 – “The Alaska Sovereignty and Transfer of Federal Public Land to Alaska Act.”… Continue reading

  • Feb 4, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Alaska Editorial: More than oil

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:Alaskans know the importance of oil to the state’s economy and state government coffers.No question. Oil… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2016

My Turn: Why presidential primaries are important

With all eyes on Iowa this week and New Hampshire next week, the Presidential primary season has begun. For most of us, Iowa and New… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

Alaska Editorial: Careful negotiations the best way to meet goals

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: While we appreciate Gov. Bill Walker’s effort in moving the Alaska LNG Project forward, we are… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2016

My Turn: Central Council ignored its contract

I am an economist and planner with 30 years’ experience, and I’ve worked as a transportation planner for the Douglas Indian Association (DIA) since April… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2016
  • By LINDA SNOW

My Turn: Alaska Democrats reach out to Alaska’s Independents

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “we are trying to construct a more inclusive society,” he recognized that democracy is strengthened by more voices and… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2016
  • By NANCY COURTNEY

Alaska Editorial: Federal government goes too far in attempting to limit hunting in refuges

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: President Jimmy Carter remarked at the signing ceremony of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2016

My Turn: Yes to wild salmon, no to HB 220

Fish are selfish. They like to eat when they’re hungry, swim wherever they want and they don’t care whose place they’re taking in the stream.They’re… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2016
  • By ALEXUS KWACHKA

JPD arrests man for terroristic threats

The Juneau Police Department arrested a 36-year-old man early this morning after receiving a report of a “possibly armed man” near Chapel by the Lake.Thurman… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2016

My Turn: CHAMPs promote the arts in Juneau

This past week was only the second of the 2016 legislative session, and it was a busy one.  With the State of Alaska facing an unprecedented… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2016
  • By Ben Brown

My Turn: The Rainy Day Parade keeps building

John Naisbitt, futurist and author of Megatrends, observed that in America’s participatory democracy, “Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.” Applying… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2016
  • By Kate Troll

Empire Editorial: Will Alaska’s Democratic Party sell out?

The Alaska Democratic Party might be a little less democratic if party delegates decide to adopt a rule change at their May meeting.A spokesman told… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2016

My Turn: The questionable economics of Juneau access

Just as the Empire predicted in its first editorial of 2016, “The Road” has again made headlines.The first salvo of the Juneau Access controversy was… Continue reading

  • Jan 29, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak