Opinion

A voter places a ballot in the drop box at the Mendenhall Public Library vote center on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Remember the good old voting days?

I remember the good old days of two years ago and before.

  • Oct 7, 2021
A voter places a ballot in the drop box at the Mendenhall Public Library vote center on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Lawmakers  havereturned  to the Alaska State Capitol for a fourth special session. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Revenues should be determined before more PFD spending

The governor believes the dividend drives the entire calculation. Sadly, he has it backwards

  • Oct 7, 2021
Lawmakers  havereturned  to the Alaska State Capitol for a fourth special session. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
A sign designates a vote center at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Oct. 5, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The lost joys of in-person voting

For the second year in a row, voting was an anti-climactic, diminished experience.

  • Oct 6, 2021
A sign designates a vote center at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library on Oct. 5, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
(Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Will your vote count?

The integrity of our vote cannot be jeopardized in pursuit of participation.

  • Oct 6, 2021
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Opinion: A new era of family policy in Alaska

We are at a moment in the nation – and in Alaska.

  • Oct 5, 2021
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)

Police calls for Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

It's a police car until you look closely and see the details don't quite match. (Juneau Empire File / Michael Penn)
A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials at the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: It’s time to stand up for king salmon in our transboundary rivers

By Eric Jordan I was born in Wrangell in 1949, at the mouth of one of Southeast Alaska’s most productive salmon rivers — the Stikine.… Continue reading

  • Oct 4, 2021
A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials at the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: We need less anger and division

Media sound bites and snippets can be misleading and downright false at times.

  • Oct 4, 2021
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Rep. Don Young talks during a June 2021 interview with the Empire. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion:Where’s Don Young when America needs him?

By Rich Moniak When Rep. Don Young voted against impeaching then-President Donald Trump, he called the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol “an act… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2021
Rep. Don Young talks during a June 2021 interview with the Empire. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
(Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Siddon and Muldoon offer a ballot to feel proud of

As I sit down to fill out my municipal ballot for the upcoming election, I’m pausing for just a moment to feel extra proud of… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2021
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(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I have found a 3rd school board candidate by writing in Will Muldoon

By Nona Dimond As the election loomed closer, candidate forums and news articles revealed more about the folks vying for the three available seats on… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2021
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Les Gara, who represented Anchorage in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003-2018, is running as a Democrat to unseat Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2022 general election. He told the Empire in an interview he wanted to ensure oppportunities were available in Alaska in the future. (Courtesy photo / Les Gara)

Opinion: Les Gara should be your No.1 choice under the new voting system. Here’s why

I have watched him beat down barriers few people could overcome.

  • Sep 30, 2021
Les Gara, who represented Anchorage in the Alaska House of Representatives from 2003-2018, is running as a Democrat to unseat Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2022 general election. He told the Empire in an interview he wanted to ensure oppportunities were available in Alaska in the future. (Courtesy photo / Les Gara)
This October photo shows the MV Kennicott at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: What will it take to get a reliable, efficient ferry system?

It’s time to try something different.

  • Sep 30, 2021
This October photo shows the MV Kennicott at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
The bleeding tooth fungus is readily recognized when mature, with the watery red bubbles on the surface. (Courtesy Photo / Kerry Howard)

On the Trails: These fungi are captivating in more than one way

It would take several books to describe all the weird and wonderful things that fungi do.

  • Sep 28, 2021
The bleeding tooth fungus is readily recognized when mature, with the watery red bubbles on the surface. (Courtesy Photo / Kerry Howard)
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Opinion: LGBTQ+ Alaskans deserve respect and dignity

Like every state that lacks equality, we need federal protection.

  • Sep 28, 2021
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Opinion: I hope you join me in voting for Hale for CBJ Assembly

She does her homework and listens to constituents…

  • Sep 27, 2021
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Opinion: Piece criticizing mine paints inaccurate picture

Setting the record straight.

  • Sep 27, 2021
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Someone holds up an inflatable Alaska Marine Highway ferry at at a rally to support of the Alaska Marine Highway System on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Transparency is needed for Cascade Point plan

Public should be part of the process.

  • Sep 24, 2021
Someone holds up an inflatable Alaska Marine Highway ferry at at a rally to support of the Alaska Marine Highway System on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: McKinley Management internship program offers unique experience, learning opportunities

Hands-on learning experiences are often an integral part of a student’s educational journey.

  • Sep 23, 2021
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