Opinion

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The unintended consequences of Ballot Measure 1

Ballot Measure 1 is a solution looking for a problem.

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Finish the ballot

One of the best-kept secrets of this — or any — Alaska election season is the incredible amount of information that Alaska voters have in… Continue reading

In this photo taken on, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Capitol in seen from the Supreme Court Building in Washington. (AP Photo | J. Scott Applewhite)

Opinion: The identity politics of Obamacare

It’s been more than eight years since Democrats in Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as the law Republicans loved… Continue reading

In this photo taken on, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Capitol in seen from the Supreme Court Building in Washington. (AP Photo | J. Scott Applewhite)
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Opinion: Vote yes on Ballot Measure 1

Alaskans should vote yes on Ballot Measure 1, which would protect wild salmon habitat, in the General Election this Nov. 6​. Why? Consider that Alaska’s… Continue reading

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Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich debate during a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Déjà vu all over again?

The Democratic mantra demonizing Republicans as racist misogynists doesn’t bring us closer — it only divides us further.

Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich debate during a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: I stand for salmon

Alaska is the last bastion for Pacific salmon.

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Opinion: Vote no on 1

A yes vote is a vote for mob rule.

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Demonstrators march in the Violence Against Women Awareness Rally near Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Friday, April 20, 2018. (Richard McGrail | Juneau Empire File)
                                 Demonstrators march in the Violence Against Women Awareness Rally near Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Friday, April 20, 2018. (Richard McGrail | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Do whatever it takes to make a safer Alaska

Alaska is the least safe place for women in the nation.

Demonstrators march in the Violence Against Women Awareness Rally near Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Friday, April 20, 2018. (Richard McGrail | Juneau Empire File)
                                 Demonstrators march in the Violence Against Women Awareness Rally near Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Friday, April 20, 2018. (Richard McGrail | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo from April 2016, President Richard Peterson addresses delegates to the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska during the 81st Annual Tribal Assembly in Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
                                 In this file photo from April 2016, President Richard Peterson addresses delegates to the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska during the 81st Annual Tribal Assembly in Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Walker values tribal sovereignty

The Walker-Mallott administration ushered in a new era of tribal-state relations.

In this file photo from April 2016, President Richard Peterson addresses delegates to the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska during the 81st Annual Tribal Assembly in Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
                                 In this file photo from April 2016, President Richard Peterson addresses delegates to the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska during the 81st Annual Tribal Assembly in Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Chart a better course for salmon

A yes on Ballot Measure 1 is the answer Alaska’s salmon, and the people who rely on them, need.

A spawning chum salmon looks to return to the waters of Salmon Creek on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mayoral candidates Saralyn Tabachnick, left, Gregory Norton, center, and Beth Weldon answers questions during a Special Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Mayoral candidates Saralyn Tabachnick, left, Gregory Norton, center, and Beth Weldon answers questions during a Special Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: National Arts & Humanities Month

With many challenges and opportunities, from hurricanes to elections to personal happenings, affecting our lives, sometimes we overlook two important fields of human spirit that… Continue reading

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Opinion: Opening the pandora’s box to America’s history

Most of us remember when Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant was crippled by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Some probably recall the concern… Continue reading

  • Oct 14, 2018

Opinion: Decision time is now, not in November

I’m concerned about the gubernatorial race and the course it may set us on. I know Mike Dunleavy is the tallest and we’re supposed to… Continue reading

Opinion: Countdown to Election 2018: Redistricting basics

Compromise is essential for governance; gerrymandering makes that compromise less likely to happen.

Opinion: Dunleavy’s voting record

The governor’s race should be decided on facts, not misleading campaign ads. You deserve the truth. That’s different than what the slick ads paid for… Continue reading

Opinion: Innovations in newborn bloodspot screening save babies, improve lives

Newborn bloodspot screening is a successful public health tool that improves outcomes for children born with congenital health threats and has saved thousands of lives.… Continue reading

Legislative candidates answers questions during the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. From left: Moderator Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, House District 33 candidates Chris Dimond and Sara Hannan, House District 34 candidates Jerry Nankervis and Andi Story, and Senate District Q candidates Don Etheridge and Jesse Kiehl. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Why I’m voting for Chris Dimond

This is my first time voting in a state election.

Legislative candidates answers questions during the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. From left: Moderator Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, House District 33 candidates Chris Dimond and Sara Hannan, House District 34 candidates Jerry Nankervis and Andi Story, and Senate District Q candidates Don Etheridge and Jesse Kiehl. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)