Opinion

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
  • By ROBERT W. HAIGHT

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
  • By BILL MCCORD

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
  • By STEVE BOWHAY

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
  • By JIM STRADER

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
  • By MARK VINSEL

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
  • By DAVID NEES

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

Empire Editorial: New idea for DOT: Look at an old one

The Alaska Marine Highway System needs a new plan in light of employee layoffs and ferry layups that are likely to continue in future years.… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2015

My Turn: Career politicians don’t govern for the good of the people

“All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.”… Continue reading

  • Oct 16, 2015
  • By Rich Moniak

Support SB23 to save heroin users from overdose

We all know heroin is killing more of our loved ones. Six people have already died in Juneau this year.Senator Johnny Ellis of Anchorage and… Continue reading

  • Oct 16, 2015
  • By MICHELE "STU" MORGAN

Empire Editorial: Meet the Alaska Legislature’s new restriction on free speech

It’s a rare day when someone wakes up in the morning with the intent to make a mistake.Most mistakes are made when our actions fail… Continue reading

  • Oct 16, 2015

My Turn: Let’s get the whale right

The ongoing saga of where the bronze whale should be located continues. A bid opening last week revealed the planned Bridge Park location and connecting… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2015
  • By WIN GRUENING
A U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau small-boat crew examines the mast of the sunken 94-foot tugboat Challenger on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2015 in Gastineau Channel. The crew marked the wreck with a buoy and a flashing light installed on the mast.

Empire Editorial: Strong action needed to avoid repeat of Challenger sinking

Alaska has a big problem beneath the surface.For Juneau, that problem has been breaking the surface a lot recently. It’s the issue of derelict and… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2015
A U.S. Coast Guard Station Juneau small-boat crew examines the mast of the sunken 94-foot tugboat Challenger on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2015 in Gastineau Channel. The crew marked the wreck with a buoy and a flashing light installed on the mast.