Opinion

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: Frank Murkowski should endorse Biden to save the Senate

“I don’t expect Joe Biden to be able to repair the Senate by himself.”

  • Sep 12, 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)

Opinion: Alaska State Parks offers open space to meet COVID-19 challenges

The pandemic has disrupted life for many, and Alaska State Parks is no exception.

  • Sep 11, 2020

Opinion: Unveiling the mistruths about Ballot Measure 1

It’s time for supporters of Ballot Measure 1 to come straight with Alaska.

  • Sep 11, 2020

Opinion: Vote no on Proposition 2 — debt is a 4-letter word

Stay the course and keep reducing our indebtedness.

  • Sep 10, 2020

Opinion: Why I’m in favor of Ballot Measure 1

I understand why the oil industry opposes Ballot Measure 1, but why should we?

  • Sep 9, 2020

Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 is not in Southeast Alaska’s best interests

​Think about it, play the long game. Play safe.

  • Sep 9, 2020

Opinion: Powerful issues are at stake this election season

It won’t be easy, but nothing valuable ever is.

  • Sep 8, 2020

Opinion: Mine cleanup plan is encouraging, but there’s still work to be done

“We need to ensure British Columbia follows through on its promises.”

  • Sep 7, 2020
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting in this January 2020 photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: There have been some questions and misinformation about pandemic-related contract

“So let’s talk straight: We had several bids, but none from an Alaskan company.”

  • Sep 5, 2020
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting in this January 2020 photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
The M/V Matanuska tied up at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The corrupting of AMHS policymaking

his a story of two Alaska governors who made bad AMHS policy decisions.

  • Sep 5, 2020
The M/V Matanuska tied up at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: You can help the bears we love

Bears are in trouble now. They are being drawn into our neighborhoods by easy meals of garbage

  • Sep 4, 2020
Zach Brown speaks during a “Stand Strong for Climate” rally in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 as students hold signs asking nations to divest from investments in the fossil fuel industry. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The Koch brothers brought us Ohio Dan

It’s time for an authentic, independent voice who will speak for Alaskans.

  • Sep 4, 2020
Zach Brown speaks during a “Stand Strong for Climate” rally in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 as students hold signs asking nations to divest from investments in the fossil fuel industry. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Sen Murkowski can help determine the future of the American wild horse

Alaskans can play an important role in making sure wild mustangs are around for generations.

  • Sep 3, 2020

Opinion: Is new city debt necessary now?

It’s fair to ask why Juneau residents should vote to add new debt now

  • Sep 3, 2020

Opinion: Ballot initiative is based on hate and greed

This is far from the first time such a destructive tax change has been proposed.

  • Sep 1, 2020

Opinion: Complicated tax policy should not be decided at the ballot box

The legislative process isn’t pretty, but it is the system in place for such matters.

  • Aug 31, 2020
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The GOP doesn’t speak for most Alaskans

Legislators aren’t elected to be a rubber stamp for whatever the governor wants.

  • Aug 29, 2020
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, Malaspina and Tazlina, hidden from view, are tied up at the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Coronavirus adds to Alaska Marine Highway System’s challenges

Ferries are facing a pandemic-caused shortfall of almost $45 million.

  • Aug 27, 2020
In this file photo, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, Malaspina and Tazlina, hidden from view, are tied up at the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Initiative 1 and a boom and bust economy

Will the initiative be the last straw on backs of the oil industry and Alaska’s economy?

  • Aug 27, 2020