Opinion

Opinion: Cruise ship routes don’t make sense

So I’m confused. Why would a Princess cruise ship have a “standard” route that takes the 1,000-feet-long ship, traveling at 20 mph through a narrow… Continue reading

  • Sep 1, 2019

Opinion: We need a true home for the arts

It’s time for a New Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

  • Aug 31, 2019
A downed spruce tree sits near the East Glacier Trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in this June 2014 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time to get it right with Tongass, timber, carbon and climate change

A perfect storm is brewing in Southeast Alaska and all weather vanes are pointing to the Tongass National Forest — the “Amazon” of America that… Continue reading

  • Aug 29, 2019
A downed spruce tree sits near the East Glacier Trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area in this June 2014 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Glory Hole homeless shelter pictured in July 2017 is a downtown Juneau homeless shelter and soup kitchen. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time for a Homeless Bill of Rights

We have a moral imperative to protect the civil and human rights of every American.

  • Aug 29, 2019
The Glory Hole homeless shelter pictured in July 2017 is a downtown Juneau homeless shelter and soup kitchen. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Angela Rodell, CEO and executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., gives an overview of the fund to the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time for the Permanent Fund to divest from fossil fuels

Alaskans are beginning to take the climate crisis seriously.

  • Aug 23, 2019
Angela Rodell, CEO and executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., gives an overview of the fund to the House Finance Committee at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Dunleavy is still the ‘odd man out’

The budget can’t be balanced by cuts alone.

  • Aug 23, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to members of the media before welcoming Juneau residents to the Governor’s Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Kensington Mine cares about community, environment

Coeur Alaska cares deeply about protecting our people and the environment.

  • Aug 22, 2019

Opinion: Changes in education will only happen through local involvement

K-12 state funding may not be so fortunate next year.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the signing ceremony for Senate Bill 2002 at the Alaska Association of General Contractors in Anchorage on August 8, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

Opinion: Listening beyond echo chamber

Who finally got Dunleavy to listen?

  • Aug 18, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the signing ceremony for Senate Bill 2002 at the Alaska Association of General Contractors in Anchorage on August 8, 2019. (Courtesy photo)

Opinion: Our budget, our values

We’re sometimes told that government is “bloated.”

  • Aug 18, 2019

Opinion: August is a good time to reflect on suicide prevention

August is National Shooting Sports Month.

  • Aug 15, 2019

Opinion: Here’s why I’m not fishing the derby this year

King salmon are in dire straights in Southeast Alaska and most of Alaska. King salmon fishing in and around Juneau has been closed for the… Continue reading

  • Aug 13, 2019

Opinion: Moving helps Glory Hall with ‘sacred responsibility’

This is why the Glory Hall Board wants to move.

Opinion: Obama, Trump and guns

One person can’t do it all.

  • Aug 12, 2019

Opinion: Pioneer Home rate increase seems ‘cruel and unjust’

This week, I feel particularly powerless.

  • Aug 12, 2019

Opinion: Let’s help the Glory Hall with their move to the valley

For most Juneau residents, our community is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Our magnificent scenery, small footprint, cultural and recreational… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2019

Opinion: What Alaska’s budget really needs is a tightened spending cap

There is one remedy that should be given special attention.

  • Aug 6, 2019

Opinion: A GDP history lesson for Sen. Sullivan

It takes more than good GDP numbers to make a nation great.

  • Aug 4, 2019

Opinion: A move for all the right reasons

Juneau’s former mayor weighs in.

  • Aug 4, 2019