Opinion

Reps. Clavin Schrage, I-Anchorage, left, and David Eastman, R-Wasilla, discuss a bill on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives to enact limits on individual contributions to political campaigns, on Monday, March 14, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The Oath Keepers and Eastman’s political future

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, isn’t on trial with members of one of the two private militias charged with seditious conspiracy related to the Jan. 6… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
Reps. Clavin Schrage, I-Anchorage, left, and David Eastman, R-Wasilla, discuss a bill on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives to enact limits on individual contributions to political campaigns, on Monday, March 14, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Why is a convention referendum on the ballot this fall?

Alaska’s framers understood that the process of ordinary and higher lawmaking should be different.

  • Oct 6, 2022
  • By J.H. Snider
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This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag. The state on Thursday reported a modest population growth between April 2020 and July 2021. It's the first time since 2016 the state has reported a population increase. (

Opinion: Constitutional convention poses great risk

Join me in voting no on Proposition 1.

  • Oct 6, 2022
  • George Davidson
This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag. The state on Thursday reported a modest population growth between April 2020 and July 2021. It's the first time since 2016 the state has reported a population increase. (
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Opposite sides agree that a constitutional convention is a bad idea

Approving a constitutional convention would be very bad for Alaska.

(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: An answer to ‘is America losing its mind?’

Personally, I think our motto should be, “Liberty and Justice for All.”

  • Oct 3, 2022
  • By Jamison Paul
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A sign on the Douglas Highway advertises a home for sale on Thursday, June 2, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Mandatory disclosure is a policy that protects taxpayer

Misinformation about mandatory disclosure and how property tax works has been spreading.

  • Sep 30, 2022
  • By Les Crane
A sign on the Douglas Highway advertises a home for sale on Thursday, June 2, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: American leftism — is America losing its mind?

In addition, far-left progressives are not as they think of themselves.

  • Sep 29, 2022
  • By Alexander Dolitsky
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Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file

Opinion: Now is the time for a new City Hall

Here’s why.

  • Sep 28, 2022
  • By Jim Clark
Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file
This photo shows a ballot drop box at Don D. Statter Harbor. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Say no to Prop 4 — your home price isn’t really private anyway

The city’s disclosure rule doesn’t compromise your privacy — it just democratizes access to information.

  • Sep 27, 2022
  • By Rebecca Braun
This photo shows a ballot drop box at Don D. Statter Harbor. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A fore sale sign hangs outside of a Juneau residence. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Real estate sales disclosure promotes fairness

I’m really not so worried about the city government knowing what we paid for our house.

  • Sep 27, 2022
  • By Nils Andreassen
A fore sale sign hangs outside of a Juneau residence. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Taxation and inflation threaten habitation

At some point, you’ve paid enough taxes/ you have done your share.

  • Sep 26, 2022
  • By Ken Koelsch
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Signs urging attendees of a Saturday football game to vote in favor of Proposition 2 sit on a chair on the track at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: I’m a former player and current coach supporting Prop 2

This is very personal to me – for several reasons.

  • Sep 26, 2022
  • By Nicole Adair
Signs urging attendees of a Saturday football game to vote in favor of Proposition 2 sit on a chair on the track at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag.

Opinion: Bringing broadband to all Alaskans

Too many Alaskans face barriers accessing the internet.

  • Sep 23, 2022
  • By Diane Kaplan, Rebecca Brice Henderson, Mike Navarre and Angela Salazar
This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag.
A City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Election ballot sits in a privacy sleeve. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Hard times call for hard choices

No one wants to say that you must do more with less.

  • Sep 22, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
A City and Borough of Juneau Municipal Election ballot sits in a privacy sleeve. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This photo shows a stack of pocket constitutions at the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Join us in voting against a constitutional convention

Voting no on a constitutional convention is vital to the well-being and stability of our state.

  • Sep 21, 2022
  • By Sioux Douglas and Beth Chapman
This photo shows a stack of pocket constitutions at the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
A new track an artificial turf field could be on the way to Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park if voters decide to OK 6.6 million in general obligation bond debt to go toward the funding of construction and equipment costs for park improvements at city-located parks. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time for turf

lease vote yes on Proposition 2.

  • Sep 21, 2022
  • By Michael Cesar
A new track an artificial turf field could be on the way to Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park if voters decide to OK 6.6 million in general obligation bond debt to go toward the funding of construction and equipment costs for park improvements at city-located parks. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows the current City and Borough of Juneau City Hall. Voters will consider a bond package to fund construction of a new City Hall. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: We desperately need a new City Hall

We should be embarrassed to show our existing city hall to visiting dignitaries and the public…

  • Sep 20, 2022
  • By Kimberly Metcalfe
This photo shows the current City and Borough of Juneau City Hall. Voters will consider a bond package to fund construction of a new City Hall. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
An artist depiction of a new city hall building at 450 Whittier St. in Juneau, which would cost an estimated $41 million with an underground parking garage, according to a presentation to Juneau Assembly members Monday. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)

Opinion: I support a new City Hall and hope you will too

Here’s why.

  • Sep 20, 2022
  • By Bruce Botelho
An artist depiction of a new city hall building at 450 Whittier St. in Juneau, which would cost an estimated $41 million with an underground parking garage, according to a presentation to Juneau Assembly members Monday. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)
An artist’s depiction shows winter view of a proposed new Juneau City Hall at 450 Whittier St. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)

Opinion: City hall makes civic and economic sense

We can afford to do this and not raise property taxes.

  • Sep 16, 2022
  • By Wade Bryson
An artist’s depiction shows winter view of a proposed new Juneau City Hall at 450 Whittier St. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)
This February 2020 file photo shows the Alaska state flag on the bow of the Matanuska at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Dunleavy’s ‘Reimagining AMHS’ relies on rewriting history

Dishonesty doesn’t make good policy.

  • Sep 16, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
This February 2020 file photo shows the Alaska state flag on the bow of the Matanuska at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)