Opinion

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Opinion: Tracking the Outside money in Alaska politics

Since its inception, the Alaska Policy Forum has been guided by a vision of continuously growing prosperity in Alaska. Our work is to support policy… Continue reading

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Opinion: Walker is the best choice for Alaska’s Students

As a teacher and president of Alaska’s largest professional union, my highest priority is student learning. We, who think first and foremost about our students… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2018
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Opinion: American karma – the past due notice for inequality

Women are demanding an American future with full equality.

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 File)
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 File)

Strangulation: A deadly tactic

Strangulation is a violent and effective tactic that is misunderstood, deadly and consistently downplayed.

  • Oct 4, 2018

Opinion: Why the Tongass should be exempt from the roadless rule

The 2001 Roadless Rule, covering 58 million acres of National Forest Land, including the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, was pushed through the entire national… Continue reading

Opinion: Alaska’s salmon future starts in our lakes and streams

Salmon start their lives in easily overlooked places like this.

Trenton English takes advantage of early voting in the municipal election at the Mendenhall Mall Annex on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.	(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Countdown to Election 2018: The basic requirements

Our local government most directly impacts your daily lives in Juneau.

Trenton English takes advantage of early voting in the municipal election at the Mendenhall Mall Annex on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.	(Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: A new way to live

Editor’s Note: The Empire is publishing a weekly column from members of Juneau’s recovery community, in coordination with Great Bear Recovery Collective, to highlight September… Continue reading

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo | Andrew Harnik)

Opinion: Why justice needs to bend towards Blasey Ford

As The New York Times columnist Bret Stephens recently wrote, I too “have absolutely no idea what, if anything, happened between Brett Kavanaugh and Christine… Continue reading

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo | Andrew Harnik)

Opinion: Alaska, Chicago and accountability

What is Chicago doing that Alaska is not?

Opinion: Recovery is possible

When we talk about the behavioral health challenges facing our state – whether it’s alcohol addition, opioids or suicide – most of us think of… Continue reading

The Willoughby District, including the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, is seen here on Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Why I support the vision behind the new Juneau Arts and Culture Center

I want to publicly express my support for the effort by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council to build a new Juneau Arts and Culture… Continue reading

The Willoughby District, including the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, is seen here on Jan. 4, 2016. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
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)
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: Due diligence for pay equity — Can we do it?

Editor’s Note: The Empire is publishing a weekly column from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters leading up to this year’s municipal election, in the… Continue reading

Opinion: Begich, not Walker, is the vote for progressives and moderates

Mark Begich would not spoil a three-way governor’s race and give us the Alaska progressive or moderate’s worst nightmare — Gov. Mike Dunleavy. To the… Continue reading

  • Sep 26, 2018

Opinion: As a seafood processor, I’m voting No on Stand for Salmon

Sometimes, to understand where you’re going, you have to look back and see where you’ve been. The older I get, the more I use history… Continue reading

Stand for Salmon is not a job killer

If you are ready to vote against Proposition 1, Stand for Salmon, please take another look. It’s certainly not the job-killing economic disaster that opponents… Continue reading

  • Sep 24, 2018
In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, people in New York walk past a Nike advertisement featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, known for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. In response to Nike’s support of Kaepernick, the Rhode Island town of North Smithfield is considering asking its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products. (AP File Photo | Mark Lennihan)

Opinion: Just do it and more

“Just do it” Nike has been telling us for 30 years. The trademark theme was part of the controversial ad campaign they released for the… Continue reading

In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, people in New York walk past a Nike advertisement featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, known for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. In response to Nike’s support of Kaepernick, the Rhode Island town of North Smithfield is considering asking its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products. (AP File Photo | Mark Lennihan)

Opinion: My journey from high school dropout to thriving in long-term recovery

“Unresponsive.” I can still see that word vibrating on my iPhone.