Opinion

Tourists watch as one of two cubs belonging to an 18-year-old sow black bear crosses the path between groups of tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Tourists have pushed us to critical mass in parts of Juneau

I don’t go to the glacier in the summer now to hike or watch bears.

  • May 16, 2022
  • By Sue Oliphant
Tourists watch as one of two cubs belonging to an 18-year-old sow black bear crosses the path between groups of tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Sens. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, left, and Robert Myers, R-North Pole, read through one of 41 amendments submitted to the state's omnibus budget bill being debate on the floor of the Alaska State Senate on Monday, May 9, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The Alaska Senate’s foolish gamble

“All these conservative people just spent all our money”

  • May 13, 2022
  • Rich Moniak
Sens. Shelley Hughes, R-Palmer, left, and Robert Myers, R-North Pole, read through one of 41 amendments submitted to the state's omnibus budget bill being debate on the floor of the Alaska State Senate on Monday, May 9, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: I am convinced that there is no security in unsolicited mail-in ballots

We once had a secure, accountable, and user friendly election system.

  • May 12, 2022
  • By Rick Currier
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Opinion: The budget balancing act

By Win Gruening For those of you tired of reading about Juneau’s (CBJ) municipal budget, my column this week will not provide any relief. But… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
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Opinion: A massive dividend is the shortsighted answer

Oil prices never stay constant.

  • May 11, 2022
  • By Larry Persily
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David Teal, then-director of Legislative Finance, gives an overview of the state’s fiscal situation to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Alaska can’t afford four more years of a governor who lives in an alternate reality

A spike in oil prices does not change our long-term fiscal reality.

  • May 10, 2022
  • By David Teal
David Teal, then-director of Legislative Finance, gives an overview of the state’s fiscal situation to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: The only Ford Mustang in Kyiv

By Alexander B. Dolitsky In the late 1960s through 1970s, one of the unique attractions in the Ukraine capital of Kiev was a green and… Continue reading

  • May 9, 2022
  • By Alexander B. Dolitsky
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Opinion: Unasked questions about abortion

There are several important questions that nobody is even asking, let alone answering…

  • May 6, 2022
  • By Jeffrey G. Moebus
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This October 2020 photo shows the MV Kennicott. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The war Dunleavy waged against the Alaska Marine Highway System

Budget cuts and irregular service.

  • May 6, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
This October 2020 photo shows the MV Kennicott. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Power boats should not be permitted on Mendenhall Lake

If one sinks in the deepest parts of the lake, it is likely there forever.

  • May 4, 2022
  • By Jim Sepel
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This photo shows elections materials for the upcoming special primary election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Voting is essential for a functional democracy

Please vote at every opportunity.

  • May 3, 2022
  • By Dr. Emily Kane
This photo shows elections materials for the upcoming special primary election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A voter fills out their ballot in the Thunder Mountain High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Alaska voters are limited even with 48-candidate field

Expect vote splitting. And a lot of it.

  • May 2, 2022
  • By Aaron Hamlin
A voter fills out their ballot in the Thunder Mountain High School gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Here’s why I won’t be voting for Palin

Don’t vote for her, ever.

  • May 2, 2022
  • By Murray Walsh
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Opinion: Two tales of extremist rhetoric

Language bordering on dehumanizing the political opposition.

  • Apr 29, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
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Opinion: Constitutional Convention would open a can of worms

Fortunately, there is an alternative.

  • Apr 28, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
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Opinion: As world celebrated Earth Day, Arctic Council ‘pause’ endangered humanity’s united stand against climate change

April 22 is celebrated around the world as Earth Day…

  • Apr 27, 2022
  • By Barry Scott Zellen
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This October 2020 photo shows the pattern of the Alaska state flag illuminated on the M/V Kennicott. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Now is the time to make sure we can ‘keep Alaska moving’

We’re also taking steps to add more flexibility to our fleet.

  • Apr 26, 2022
  • By Ryan Anderson
This October 2020 photo shows the pattern of the Alaska state flag illuminated on the M/V Kennicott. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion:Here’s why our state constitution is considered such a good one

It is a constitution that reflects the aspirations of dedicated Alaskans…

  • Apr 23, 2022
  • By Gordon Harrison
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Opinion: Handcuffing the government during emergencies

A recent court decision could slow future responses.

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