Opinion

Jason Brune is the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: DEC reflects on recently concluded cruise season

DEC would like to reflect on our oversight of these vessels and solicit your feedback.

  • Oct 29, 2021
Jason Brune is the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Courtesy Photo)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The glass house where Dunleavy lives

Let’s look at how Dunleavy has dishonored his own past statements.

  • Oct 29, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

New direction for the Tongass will help grow businesses, a sustainable economy

Now is the time to chart a new course for Southeast’s future.

  • Oct 28, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Federal money should be spent on climate-friendly projects, not LNG

It’s back! I am referring to the colossally bad idea, the Alaska Liquified Natural Gas project.

  • Oct 28, 2021
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Vote-by-mail doesn’t deliver – does the Juneau Assembly care?

By Win Gruening The City and Borough of Juneau seems to be exempt from the fundamental principle that “measurement improves performance,” because, by any objective… Continue reading

  • Oct 28, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This July photo shows the new Glory Hall, located near the airport. It will form a component of a growing social services campus. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
This July photo shows the new Glory Hall, located near the airport. It will form a component of a growing social services campus. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
A ballot for the 2021 municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: There are positives to vote-by-mail elections

Having ballots at home allows families to discuss issues and candidates together.

  • Oct 27, 2021
A ballot for the 2021 municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire File)
(Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Future cruise seasons depend on assured public and environmental health

By Verner Wilson III and Varsha Mathrani Earlier this year, the United States Senate passed the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act, sponsored by Sens. Lisa Murkowski… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2021
(Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)
Kate Troll (Courtesy Photo / Kate Troll)

Key moment for dock electrification comes before the CBJ Assembly

Electrification will be a win-win-win for the community, the environment and the cruise industry.

  • Oct 26, 2021
Kate Troll (Courtesy Photo / Kate Troll)
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Opinion: The mobs widening America’s divisions

We’ve just been forced to deal with stark disagreements on a daily basis like never before.

  • Oct 22, 2021
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Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: Private psychiatric facilities should have to provide patient stats

Patient rights must be added to state bills.

  • Oct 21, 2021
Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)
Anselm Staack (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: Dunleavy’s fiscally irresponsible and deceptive plan

Constitutions are about broad policy objectives and legal boundaries –not about the day-to-day

  • Oct 20, 2021
Anselm Staack (Courtesy Photo)
A sign designates a vote center during the recent municipal election. The center offered a spot for voters to drop off ballots or fill a ballot out in person. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: How is mail-in voting an improvement?

Why are we doing it?

  • Oct 19, 2021
A sign designates a vote center during the recent municipal election. The center offered a spot for voters to drop off ballots or fill a ballot out in person. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: Columbus and Western culture

By Albert Shaw This time of year people want to blame Columbus for everything that took place in what became North and South America and… Continue reading

  • Oct 18, 2021
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Dunleavy’s first act as governor was unconstitutional

That’s according to a ruling by Senior U.S. District Judge John Sedwick.

  • Oct 15, 2021
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows a ballot for the City and Borough of Juneau’s 2021 municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Does Vote-by-mail come with voter’s remorse, buyer’s remorse —or both

By Win Gruening A curious thing happened leading up to the recent Juneau vote-by-mail municipal election. City Clerk Beth McEwen reported that many people who… Continue reading

  • Oct 14, 2021
This photo shows a ballot for the City and Borough of Juneau’s 2021 municipal election. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This Aug. 3, 2021, photo shows Juneau International Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration shared recommendations on Thursday for improving aviation safety in the state. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: How the FAA will improve the margin of aviation safety in Alaska

Alaska depends on aviation more than any other state…

  • Oct 14, 2021
This Aug. 3, 2021, photo shows Juneau International Airport.  The Federal Aviation Administration shared recommendations on Thursday for improving aviation safety in the state. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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: The best use of $25M Southeast Alaska Sustainable Strategy Fund

The entire $25 million should be provided to Alaska Marine Highway System.

  • Oct 13, 2021
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)
Alexander B. Dolitsky

Opinion: Acculturation, assimilation and behavior

By Alexander B. Dolitsky I was a presenter at the Juneau–Gastineau Rotary Club in January 2020, speaking on “Several sanctioned avenues for immigration to the… Continue reading

  • Oct 12, 2021
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This photo shows a City and Borough of Juneau ballot mailed to a local resident in September. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows a City and Borough of Juneau ballot mailed to a local resident in September. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)