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This photo shows Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 24.  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Trust lands are an issue worth revisiting

Juneau civic leaders may want to revisit an issue they addressed back in June of 2017.

  • Dec 22, 2020
This photo shows Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 24.  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Now’s the time for an ANWR lease sale

We cannot wait another 25 years.

  • Dec 21, 2020
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks with reporters following her address to the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Filling the leadership void

Alaskans should be proud that Sen. Lisa Murkowski was part of bipartisan effort.

  • Dec 19, 2020
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks with reporters following her address to the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Governor’s silence on ex-attorney general is alarming

“Toxic workplaces boil alive.”

  • Dec 19, 2020
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Climate change forces difficult choices

When you read about or hear about climate change, what typically goes through your head?

  • Dec 19, 2020
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Daryl James (Courtesy Photo )

Opinion: Bring police-seized assets into the light

information from Alaska is unavailable because because of “lax” laws.

  • Dec 16, 2020
Daryl James (Courtesy Photo )
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Opinion: Supporting Texas lawsuit was political malpractice

By Rich Moniak Last week, the attorney general of Texas filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court demanding Joe Biden’s victory in four states… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2020
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(Courtesy Photo / Randall Davis, Alaska Department of Fish & Game)

Opinion: Sea otters are the defenders of kelp forests, ecosystems

We recognize the important ecological roles they play.

  • Dec 14, 2020
(Courtesy Photo / Randall Davis, Alaska Department of Fish & Game)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Opinion: Our hearts go out to Southeast Alaska

Governor shares thoughts, response information on recent disaster.

  • Dec 14, 2020
Gov. Mike Dunleavy (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
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Opinion: The trouble with celebrity politicians

Judges calling balls and strikes are the last line of defense…

  • Dec 12, 2020
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Opinion: The Texas lawsuit is madness and supporting it borders on sedition

Even worse are the ramifications of this effort for the future of Alaska.

  • Dec 11, 2020
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A truck backs up onto a Haines-bound boat on Dec. 3, 2020, as part of an effort to send supplies and people to the landslide-afflicted community. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: It’s important to prepare for the unpredictable

It is often easy to be distracted from the lessons we learn when disaster strikes.

  • Dec 10, 2020
A truck backs up onto a Haines-bound boat on Dec. 3, 2020, as part of an effort to send supplies and people to the landslide-afflicted community. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
David W. Schade is director of the state Division of Agriculture. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: Now that industrial hemp is legal, Alaska’s industry must follow law

By David W. Schade The battle to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska was won in the halls of Congress and the Alaska State Capitol in… Continue reading

David W. Schade is director of the state Division of Agriculture. (Courtesy Photo)
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The numbers don’t lie, but people do

Newly elected legislators should be open to learning from data once in office.

  • Dec 5, 2020
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists.   (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, File)

Opinion: Now is the time to pass the Equality Act

Equality is not a Democratic or Republican value, it’s an American value.

  • Dec 4, 2020
In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists.   (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, File)
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Opinion: Think local this holiday season

What comparisons can we find between our sweet town to NYC?

  • Dec 1, 2020
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Oil sheen bleeds from the beach at Herring Bay on Knight Island on Dec. 7, 1989. (Courtesy Photo / ARLIS Reference)
Oil sheen bleeds from the beach at Herring Bay on Knight Island on Dec. 7, 1989. (Courtesy Photo / ARLIS Reference)
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Opinion: Saying nothing helps fraud against our democracy

Silence effectively helps the president and his lawyers.

  • Nov 28, 2020
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Opinion: The problem with don’t tell me what to do

Doesn’t a state need a governor, like a ship needs a captain?

  • Nov 27, 2020
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