Opinion

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks in support of an agreement between the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Goldbelt Inc. to pursue engineering and design services to determine whether it’s feasible to build a new ferry terminal facility in Juneau at Cascade Point. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: What Cascade Point is not

This project is less about trying to improve transportation than serving political ideology.

  • Mar 17, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks in support of an agreement between the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Goldbelt Inc. to pursue engineering and design services to determine whether it’s feasible to build a new ferry terminal facility in Juneau at Cascade Point. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils proposals to offer public school teachers annual retention bonuses and enact policies restricting discussion of sex and gender in education during a news conference in Anchorage. (Screenshot)

Opinion: As a father and a grandfather, I believe the governor’s proposed laws are anti-family

Now, the discrimination sword is pointing to our gay and transgender friends and families.

  • Mar 16, 2023
  • By Rick Bierman
Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils proposals to offer public school teachers annual retention bonuses and enact policies restricting discussion of sex and gender in education during a news conference in Anchorage. (Screenshot)
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: When is a road considered a trail?

The latest debate over a commercial use permit to use city land for a bike tour seems overblown.

  • Mar 16, 2023
  • By Win Gruening
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: If you are a veteran in crisis or concerned about someone who is, help is here

In January, the new COMPACT Act went into effect across the U.S. The COMPACT Act is the Veterans Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care and Treatment… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2023
  • By Patrick Wilder
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Opinion: When the state values bigotry over the lives of queer kids

It has been a long, difficult week for queer and trans Alaskans like me.

  • Mar 14, 2023
  • By Amelia Hanrahan
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Opinion: Fish, family and freedom… from Big Oil

“Ultimate investment in the status quo” is not what I voted for.

  • Mar 13, 2023
  • Zach Brown
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(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The time has come to stop Eastman’s willful and wanton damage

God in the Bible makes it clear that we are to care for the vulnerable among us.

  • Mar 10, 2023
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Fund the schools, respect the voters, lower property taxes

The Assembly should reduce the actual amount of household property tax collection below last year’s.

  • Mar 9, 2023
  • Ken Koelsch
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: AIDEA’s $20 million-and-growing investment looks like a bad bet

Not producing in ANWR could probably generate a lot of money for Alaska.

  • Mar 8, 2023
  • By Larry Persily
Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: Alaska should not repeat mistakes in mental health care of 150 years ago

Newspapers have always had a positive role in improving mental health care in America. For over 100-years, investigative reporters have been willing to go where… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2023
  • By Faith J. Myers
Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Southeast trollers appreciate support amid ‘misguided’ lawsuit

Alaska will not stand by quietly as WFC tries to wipe Alaska’s fishing families off the map.

  • Mar 7, 2023
  • By Casey Mapes
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Heavy metals run out of the Tulsequah Chief mine opening and down to holding ponds next to the Tulsequah River Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file)
Heavy metals run out of the Tulsequah Chief mine opening and down to holding ponds next to the Tulsequah River Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file)
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Fixing legislative salaries and per diem

The state Senate was right to unanimously reject giving a 20% pay raise to Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Not because he’s failed to deliver a sustainable… Continue reading

  • Mar 3, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Commercial e-bike tours conflict with current uses of the Pioneer Road

The road is a quiet place with diverse topography and scenery…

  • Mar 2, 2023
  • By Linda Kruger
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Wilder Dillingham of AYEA on the first day of the composting program with Juneau Composts! at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Courtesy Photo / Lauren Cusimano)

Opinion: AYEA and Juneau Composts! are a dream team

Look for AYEA students standing by Juneau Composts! bins in the commons…

  • Mar 2, 2023
  • By Hannah Brennell and Wilder Dillingham
Wilder Dillingham of AYEA on the first day of the composting program with Juneau Composts! at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé. (Courtesy Photo / Lauren Cusimano)
State Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, right, asks Ajay Desai, director of the Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits, about the assumptions used to calculate pensions earned by state employees under a fixed-amount plan in effect until 2006 and a subsequent 401K-type plan during a Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday at the Alaska State Capitol. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Legislature dives into perilous waters with state workforce issues

We should not assume that what worked 20 years ago will work today.

  • Mar 2, 2023
  • By Win Gruening
State Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, right, asks Ajay Desai, director of the Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits, about the assumptions used to calculate pensions earned by state employees under a fixed-amount plan in effect until 2006 and a subsequent 401K-type plan during a Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday at the Alaska State Capitol. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: A legislative path to accountability for schools

The last time families took the state to court for inadequate instruction, they lost. In Moore v. Alaska, from 2004 to 2012, Judge Sharon Gleason… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2023
  • By Mike Bronson
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This 2019 aerial photo provided by ConocoPhillips shows an exploratory drilling camp at the proposed site of the Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. The Biden administration is weighing approval of a major oil project on Alaska’s petroleum-rich North Slope that supporters say represents an economic lifeline for Indigenous communities in the region but environmentalists say is counter to Biden’s climate goals. A decision on ConocoPhillips Alaska’s Willow project, in a federal oil reserve roughly the size of Indiana, could come by early March 2023. (ConocoPhillips via AP)

Opinion: It is time to draw the line on oil projects like Willow

We need support projects that build on renewable infrastructure.

  • Mar 1, 2023
  • By Michael Tobin
This 2019 aerial photo provided by ConocoPhillips shows an exploratory drilling camp at the proposed site of the Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. The Biden administration is weighing approval of a major oil project on Alaska’s petroleum-rich North Slope that supporters say represents an economic lifeline for Indigenous communities in the region but environmentalists say is counter to Biden’s climate goals. A decision on ConocoPhillips Alaska’s Willow project, in a federal oil reserve roughly the size of Indiana, could come by early March 2023. (ConocoPhillips via AP)
This March 2020 photo shows Juneau's City Hall. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Limit entry for Juneau tours

I hope the Assembly takes this opportunity to do something for those of us they represent.

  • Feb 28, 2023
  • By Kimberly Metcalfe
This March 2020 photo shows Juneau's City Hall. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Sen. Sullivan’s misguided defense of Fox News

Sullivan was certainly combative in the hearing. But don’t mistake that for courage or strength.

  • Feb 24, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)