Opinion

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: How many cruise ship tourists would be acceptable?

People don’t want to live in Disneyland.

  • May 21, 2021
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: The plague of intellectual laziness

What’s become increasingly lazy, is our political discourse.

  • May 21, 2021
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This photo shows University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: We can’t run our businesses without the University of Alaska

We rely on UA grads to power our workforce.

  • May 19, 2021
This photo shows University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
A fishing vessel is dwarfed by the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl in Juneau’s downtown harbor in September 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: How many cruise ship tourists are enough?

If the passenger numbers increase, the number of disgruntled residents will grow even faster.

  • May 18, 2021
A fishing vessel is dwarfed by the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Pearl in Juneau’s downtown harbor in September 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Let’s keep the discourse civil during cruise debate

I truly hope all of us who love Juneau can rise above the rancor.

  • May 17, 2021
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
(Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Juneau needs more community events

Even though tourism brings cash flow into Juneau, tourism keeps locals out of downtown.

  • May 17, 2021
(Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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Biden’s ‘30 x 30’ conservation plan falls short

Given the encouraging first 100 days of the Biden administration, the plan is disappointing.

  • May 14, 2021
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Opinion: Dunleavy’s subservience to Trump continues

By Rich Moniak A few weeks ago, Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the tech company’s decision to suspend Donald Trump’s account after the now former president… Continue reading

  • May 14, 2021
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The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, right, pulls into the AJ Dock in Juneau in September 2018. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Alaska Ocean Center opposes Cruise Ship Limitation Initiatives

Juneau is a special place. We all work to protect it.

  • May 13, 2021
The Norwegian Pearl cruise ship, right, pulls into the AJ Dock in Juneau in September 2018. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire File)
Unless something changes at the federal level, Juneau's waterfront may be devoid of cruise ships for another summer. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: How the cruise ballot initiative process went wrong

Juneau voters should care enough not to sign on to this ill-conceived effort.

  • May 13, 2021
Unless something changes at the federal level, Juneau's waterfront may be devoid of cruise ships for another summer. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Downtown Juneau needs a new baseball field

The economic benefits are so obvious.

  • May 12, 2021
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Doing tourism better takes clear vision, not extremes

We risk creating a situation where it will be hard to meet in the middle.

  • May 12, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Why is CON Still in Alaska?

CON laws are little more than expensive and time-consuming barriers to care.

  • May 11, 2021
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Reject the cruise control initiatives

I write to express my opposition to the three initiatives now circulating…

  • May 11, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Lost revenue is severely impacting local decisions

It’s a different kind of crisis.

  • May 10, 2021
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Cruise line talking points reinforce ballot initiatives’ purpose

In the Empire’s May 7 article, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Howard Sherman, executive vice-president onboard revenue and destination development, reinforced many of the points of the… Continue reading

  • May 10, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I oppose the cruise ship initiatives. Here’s why

Voters need an independent assessment of the financial impact

  • May 7, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows George Bennett Sr. shortly after arriving in Vietnam in 1967. Bennett served in the 2/12th Infantry 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division and was assigned to Dau Tieng Base Camp. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: It’s time to correct a Vietnam-era injustice

“We have the power to make this right.”

  • May 7, 2021
This photo shows George Bennett Sr. shortly after arriving in Vietnam in 1967. Bennett served in the 2/12th Infantry 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division and was assigned to Dau Tieng Base Camp. (Courtesy Photo)
Alexander B. Dolitsky

Opinion: A moment that shaped my immigration story

“How lucky I am to be here—in America!”

  • May 6, 2021
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