Opinion

Opinion: Quit collecting more than you need

Costs are high enough already.

  • Sep 20, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Vote ‘no’ on Propositions 1-3

I recommend a “no” vote.

  • Sep 19, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The new JACC is a sound investment

Here’s the facts.

  • Sep 19, 2019
Centennial Hall, left and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, center, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Let’s tackle this climate emergency

Our planet is changing fast.

  • Sep 18, 2019
In this file photo from Sept. 14, 2017, a large still is a centerpiece in the tasting room at the Amalga Distillery at Franklin and Second Streets in downtown Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Proposed restrictions on tasting rooms make no sense

Alaska’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board seems rather annoyed by the success of brewery and distillery tasting rooms in the state.

  • Sep 18, 2019
In this file photo from Sept. 14, 2017, a large still is a centerpiece in the tasting room at the Amalga Distillery at Franklin and Second Streets in downtown Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this July 21, 2015 photo, the ferry Columbia approaches the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Government by and for some of the people

The irony that Dunleavy’s ferry cuts expose.

  • Sep 15, 2019
In this July 21, 2015 photo, the ferry Columbia approaches the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The future of the Arctic has immense potential

The opportunity for Arctic residents is immense.

  • Sep 15, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: New JACC would benefit entire community

It’s a community investment worth making.

  • Sep 13, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Young Fishermen’s Development Act needs support

Young people in Alaska face mounting challenges to entering commercial fisheries.

  • Sep 13, 2019
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: Ferry system being decimated piece by piece

The idea of “dynamic pricing” is only the latest assault.

  • Sep 10, 2019
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)
Centennial Hall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Centennial Hall needs to shine

After 35 years, it needs major renovations.

  • Sep 9, 2019
Centennial Hall. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
The late Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, offers an amendment for a $900 dividend during debate in the Senate in June 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The flaw in how Alaska fills legislative vacancies

Dunleavy is putting his PFD agenda ahead of the voters’ concerns.

  • Sep 6, 2019
The late Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, offers an amendment for a $900 dividend during debate in the Senate in June 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: An Immodest Proposal: Why I’m voting ‘no’ on Proposition 3

Perhaps we’re not that creative after all.

  • Sep 6, 2019
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
In this October 2015 file photo, maple leaves fall on Seward Street as a pedestrian ducks rain in front of City Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: City’s budget is unsustainable

“What were they thinking?”

  • Sep 3, 2019
In this October 2015 file photo, maple leaves fall on Seward Street as a pedestrian ducks rain in front of City Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Politics is not war

To Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, David Koch’s wealth and influence were emblematic of everything wrong with America. But when his supporters cheered the mention of… Continue reading

  • Sep 3, 2019