Opinion

A sign on the Douglas Highway advertises a home for sale on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Home prices in Alaska have been increasing for the past two years but an expected increase to interest rates might cool off the market. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Giving the Assembly more money to spend

Voting yes on Proposition 4 will help put a lid on Assembly spending.

  • Sep 15, 2022
  • By Mike Clemens
A sign on the Douglas Highway advertises a home for sale on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Home prices in Alaska have been increasing for the past two years but an expected increase to interest rates might cool off the market. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The ballot drop box at Don D. Statter Harbor is one of a few places voters in Juneau can cast their ballots, which were mailed on Tuesday. There is also a drop box at the Douglas Public Library/ Fire Station. Additionally, there will be voting centers at City Hall and the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, and voters can mail their ballots via the U.S. Postal Service. More information, including voting center hours, is available online at https://juneau.org/clerk/elections. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Juneau voters’ hard choices — no, yes, no, yes

Juneau voters have an opportunity to send them a message.

  • Sep 15, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
The ballot drop box at Don D. Statter Harbor is one of a few places voters in Juneau can cast their ballots, which were mailed on Tuesday. There is also a drop box at the Douglas Public Library/ Fire Station. Additionally, there will be voting centers at City Hall and the Mendenhall Valley Public Library, and voters can mail their ballots via the U.S. Postal Service. More information, including voting center hours, is available online at https://juneau.org/clerk/elections. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
The Carnival Spirit docked in Juneau on June 4, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Inspector Johnny Zutz)

Opinion: An update on the 2022 Commercial Passenger Vessel Program

Staff have completed 70 vessel inspections this season.

  • Sep 14, 2022
  • By Randy Bates
The Carnival Spirit docked in Juneau on June 4, 2022. (Courtesy Photo / Inspector Johnny Zutz)
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Opinion: Don’t get scammed like I nearly did

I should have just turned off the computer.

  • Sep 14, 2022
  • By Larry Olson
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A fore sale sign hangs outside of a Juneau residence. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Voting yes on Prop 4 is a vote to keep financial info private

Were prior assessors just smarter?

  • Sep 14, 2022
  • By Debbie White
A fore sale sign hangs outside of a Juneau residence. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
A parasitic fungus in the genus Hypomyces covers the top of another fungus, possibly a Russula. (Deana Barajas photo)

On the Trails: Fall fungi and flowers

It’s been a good fall for mushrooms and other fungi.

  • Sep 13, 2022
  • By Mary F. Willson
A parasitic fungus in the genus Hypomyces covers the top of another fungus, possibly a Russula. (Deana Barajas photo)
Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: Here’s how the state can improve psychiatric patient outcomes

Patient rights must be brought up to or exceed best practice in all programs.

  • Sep 13, 2022
  • By Faith J. Myers
Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)
An artist’s depiction shows winter view of a proposed new Juneau City Hall at 450 Whittier St. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)

Opinion: Here we go again

City Hall discussion is reminiscent of 2005 Capitol talk.

  • Sep 12, 2022
  • By Paulette Simpson
An artist’s depiction shows winter view of a proposed new Juneau City Hall at 450 Whittier St. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)
A for sale sign sits outside a house in the Mendenhall Valley area. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I’m voting no on Prop 4 because I’m in favor of truth and fairness.

When assessments are more accurate, taxes are more equitable, and all property owners benefit,

  • Sep 12, 2022
  • By Eric A. Kueffner
A for sale sign sits outside a house in the Mendenhall Valley area. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
UNAC members and supporters rally near the University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau on Thursday, Sept. 9, (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The transparent bad faith of university management

Our educational institutions must be held a higher standard.

  • Sep 9, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
UNAC members and supporters rally near the University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau on Thursday, Sept. 9, (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
This map shows regional corporations established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971. (Courtesy Photo | US National Park Service)

Opinion: New research guide includes ANCSA gems

AHS has just completed the first comprehensive guide to historical sources about ANCSA.

  • Sep 8, 2022
  • By William Schneider
This map shows regional corporations established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971. (Courtesy Photo | US National Park Service)
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Opinion: Volunteers needed to help address beaver issues in Dredge Creek system

We’re looking for volunteers to work with one or two others for an hour or two once or twice a week.

  • Sep 6, 2022
  • By Mary F. Willson
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Here’s how to add your voice to the conversation.

  • Sep 5, 2022
  • Juneau Empire
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Opinion: We do not need to convene a constitutional convention

Ways to amend the constitution already exist.

  • Sep 5, 2022
  • By Laraine Derr
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An artist’s rendering shows winter view of a proposed new Juneau City Hall at 450 Whittier St. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)

Opinion: A new City Hall is an investment in democracy

That’s a business we want to be in business forever.

  • Sep 2, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
An artist’s rendering shows winter view of a proposed new Juneau City Hall at 450 Whittier St. (Courtesy Image / North Wind Architects)
Capital Transit’s then-new electric bus leads the charge at Saturday’s Earth Day Electric Vehicle Road Rally. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Chasing free money

But is the money really “free?”

  • Sep 1, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
Capital Transit’s then-new electric bus leads the charge at Saturday’s Earth Day Electric Vehicle Road Rally. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Dynamic pricing on the Alaska Marine Highway System

Dynamic can mean exciting, engaging or interesting. Dynamic pricing is none of these things.

  • Aug 31, 2022
  • By Bridget Smith
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: We urge voting yes on Prop 2

Investing in Juneau’s trails, cabins, and sports fields makes it a better place to live and recreate.

  • Aug 30, 2022
  • Lexie Razor and Mark Pusich Juneau Families for Youth Recreation
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Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Commercial property valuation is ‘out of control’

The CBJ Assembly needs to act now to fix this problem.

  • Aug 29, 2022
  • By Greg Adler
Juneau City Hall on Monday, March 30, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Swimmers quickly work their way away from shore during Ironman Alaska. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Juneau is the biggest Ironman Alaska winner

From a wowed spectator to an enthusiastic supporter and proud host.

  • Aug 26, 2022
  • By Laurie Craig
Swimmers quickly work their way away from shore during Ironman Alaska. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)