Opinion

Opinion: Senator Murkowski, protect voters now

This is about protecting American lives while also upholding our democratic institutions

  • Jun 16, 2020

Opinion: This pandemic is not over

Make choices accordingly.

  • Jun 13, 2020
In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person “was injured when he tripped & fell,” WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers late Thursday, the mayor’s statement said. (Mike Desmond | WBFO via AP)

Opinion: The real conspiracies involving police misconduct

There are questions that need to be asked about Buffalo.

  • Jun 13, 2020
In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person “was injured when he tripped & fell,” WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers late Thursday, the mayor’s statement said. (Mike Desmond | WBFO via AP)

Opinion: 1st Amendment rights apparently only apply to the left

Complex, deep-seated issues facing our country won’t be solved by quelling debate, limiting freedoms.

  • Jun 11, 2020

Opinion: There’s value in counting

Alaskans will live with the consequences of the census for the next 10 years.

  • Jun 10, 2020

Opinion: Don’t bail out irresponsible politicians

Bailouts won’t fix a mismanaged system.

  • Jun 10, 2020

Opinion: Outdoor economy can help carry Alaska into the future

All of us together can create a movement rooted and inspired by this place we call home.

  • Jun 9, 2020

Opinion: Addressing problematic accounting behind the Fair Share Act

Editor’s Note: Ordinarily My Turn submissions are limited to one per person per month, but the rule is being waived to allow someone to address… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2020

Opinion: When will we reach the tipping point?

What will it take for Congress and other elected officials to stand up to Trump?

  • Jun 7, 2020

Opinion: Violence is never the answer

Tension between persistence needed to create equality and impatience isn’t resolved by violence.

  • Jun 6, 2020
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Opinion: There is police violence in Alaska

There are many things Alaska could do better.

  • Jun 4, 2020
(Edward Kimmel | Creative Commons)

Opinion: Legislation is needed to protect Alaska’s psychiatric patients

Nothing much will change until it is fixed legislatively.

  • Jun 4, 2020
Robin O. Brena is a life-long Alaskan who grew up in Skagway, a longtime oil and gas attorney with Brena, Bell & Walker, the former Chair of the Oil and Gas Subcommittee for Gov. Bill Walker’s Transition Team, and the Chair of Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share. (Courtesy Photo | Robin O. Brena)

Opinion: ‘The Data Problem’ is Misinformation

Editor’s Note: Ordinarily My Turn submissions are limited to one per person per month, but the rule is being waived to allow someone to address… Continue reading

  • Jun 4, 2020
Robin O. Brena is a life-long Alaskan who grew up in Skagway, a longtime oil and gas attorney with Brena, Bell & Walker, the former Chair of the Oil and Gas Subcommittee for Gov. Bill Walker’s Transition Team, and the Chair of Vote Yes for Alaska’s Fair Share. (Courtesy Photo | Robin O. Brena)
This undated file photo shows the Trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The future of Alaska’s unique program of paying residents an annual check is in question, with oil prices low and an economy struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Opinion: Recent opinion piece was off the mark

A response to Fair Share Act criticism.

  • Jun 3, 2020
This undated file photo shows the Trans-Alaska pipeline and pump station north of Fairbanks, Alaska. The future of Alaska’s unique program of paying residents an annual check is in question, with oil prices low and an economy struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Save Alaska’s universities

The University of Alaska Board of Regents should preserve Alaska’s three universities. Reasons for doing so are many, but four seem most important. First, a… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2020
With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: We owe it to future generations to work together

When tackling the hard issues, the best success is found in civil communication.

  • Jun 2, 2020
In this file photo from May 9, 2019, former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Regional priorities should be the major factors in regents’ deliberations

I can readily appreciate the position of the Board of Regents of our state’s university system to reduce costs during these difficult times. The university… Continue reading

  • Jun 1, 2020
In this file photo from May 9, 2019, former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: University Board of Regents will face tough choices in June

Like the virus, this budget challenge is real, painful and demands that we take swift action.

  • May 30, 2020
With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Patrons wait outside a shop in downtown Juneau on Friday, April 27, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Local businesses are our people

The local business I now own employed me for 20 years and has been a part of this community for 25.

  • May 30, 2020
Patrons wait outside a shop in downtown Juneau on Friday, April 27, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
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