Opinion

My Turn: A new path forward for Alaska

Hey, Alaska! Have you heard about a plan that would help stabilize government services, enhance our fiscal health, prevent a deficit driven recession and ensure… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2016
  • By LESIL MCGUIRE

Alaska Editorial: Parvo comes to Alaska’s interior

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: News that an outbreak of canine parvovirus has descended on Interior Alaska is highly concerning.… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2016

Alaska Editorial: The roads forward

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: As Alaska looks to the future, it would be prudent to consider what made for… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2016

My Turn: Legislators threaten viability of UA

For University of Alaska Anchorage students paying attention to the Legislature, the past month has been devastating. Despite receiving postcards, letters, office visits, emails and… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2016
  • By MATTHIEU OSTRANDER

Alaska Editorial: University not to blame for state budget woes

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:Last week, the University of Alaska faced a barrage of skepticism from legislators unlike any the… Continue reading

  • Mar 3, 2016

My Turn: A special election, but for whom?

A recent Juneau Empire editorial highlighted the apparent rift among Assembly members over the mayoral campaigns of Karen Crane and Ken Koelsch. In that editorial,… Continue reading

  • Mar 3, 2016
  • By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: The PFD a powerful idea, not just a check

Gov. Jay Hammond fought hard to create the Permanent Fund Dividend program so that a portion of one-time oil wealth would be shared equally with… Continue reading

  • Mar 3, 2016
  • By ALEXANDER HOKE

My Turn: University of Alaska research and education

To survive the present and thrive in coming years, Alaska must transition its economy — transition from a state which derives most of its capital… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2016
  • By BRIAN HOLST and JIM DODSON

My Turn: SB 89 is not the protection youth need

Perhaps I’m naïve, but I expect the phrase “let’s be straight” to be followed by statements that are thoughtful and at least mostly grounded in… Continue reading

  • Mar 2, 2016
  • By ERAN HOOD

My Turn: Alaska’s senior senator is with us

Last week, the majority of representatives from Alaska’s commercial fishing organizations sat with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, to talk fish. When asked about protecting… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2016
  • By BRUCE WALLACE

My Turn: Climate change is not Alaska’s fault

Alaskans face some serious challenges that are being overlooked, as we witness the demise of the oil industry. Some of the people who are part… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2016
  • By STEVE BOWHAY

My Turn: We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together. Southeast Alaska is a network of rivers and streams that feed our bodies, lifestyles and pocketbooks. Concern that these precious… Continue reading

  • Feb 29, 2016
  • By CYNTHIA WALLESZ

My Turn: Concealed carry bill ‘a horrible idea’

Let’s get something out of the way. I have shot weapons before and know basic firearm safety. I was a member of the Juneau Gun… Continue reading

  • Feb 29, 2016
  • By CALLIE CONERTON

Empire Editorial: Keep trust alive by funding public integrity

The budget cuts aren’t easy this year. The easy cuts were done last year.Now, the Alaska Legislature’s job is to spread the pain and ensure… Continue reading

  • Feb 28, 2016

My Turn: Success Inside and Out

Locking up criminal defendants and convicts costs a lot of money. At both the state and national levels, Americans are beginning to ask if this… Continue reading

  • Feb 28, 2016
  • By Ben Brown

My Turn: Fish first

Alaskans have every reason to take pride in our fisheries. We have what many can only dream of elsewhere around the world. Anglers descend upon… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2016
  • By DAVE ATCHESON, JOHN HOLMAN and BRUCE KING

My Turn: Wrestling with biases

We sat around the table drenched in dueling biases. How else could it be for members of the Juneau People for Peace and Justice (JPPJ)… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2016
  • By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: For Assembly, mayoral race a great divider

The late Greg Fisk was viewed by many as a great unifier when he won the mayor’s seat, but filling his position has become a… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2016

Empire Editorial: Avoid Reefer Madness

Depending on the way you color the world, Wednesday was either a black day for Alaska or a red-letter event.Feb. 24 was the first day… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2016

My Turn: Why right sizing government makes sense

In the Senate Labor and Commerce committee this week, Alaskans will have an opportunity to weigh in on the governor’s proposed revenue measures, including an… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2016
  • By KEVIN MEYER