Opinion

Michelle Bonnet Hale (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Voting no on disclosure repeal is about fairness

True assessments and accurate property taxes cut both ways.

  • Aug 25, 2022
  • By Michelle Bonnet Hale
Michelle Bonnet Hale (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski discusses her reelection campaign with supporters during the official opening of her Juneau campaign headquarters Thursday evening at Kootznoowoo Plaza. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Alaska’s ports and waterfront industry needs Sen. Murkowski

For more than three decades, I have been a member of the International Longshore Warehouse Union (ILWU), working as a longshoreman throughout Alaska. We perform… Continue reading

  • Aug 24, 2022
  • By Dennis Young
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski discusses her reelection campaign with supporters during the official opening of her Juneau campaign headquarters Thursday evening at Kootznoowoo Plaza. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: The power of community banks

One of my favorite childhood memories is joining my father as he visited communities around Western Alaska to conduct some truly “mobile” banking. Pop would… Continue reading

  • Aug 23, 2022
  • By Betsy Lawer
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Opinion: Richard Nixon, a fur coat, and an escape from the Soviet Union

Leo, wherever you are now. Give me a call. Let’s chat!

  • Aug 22, 2022
  • By Alexander B. Dolitsky
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Alaska

Opinion: A constitutional convention would be bad for business

Every 10 years (at least) Alaskans are asked to vote on whether a constitutional convention should be called. Each time throughout history voters have overwhelmingly… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2022
  • By Laura McDonnell
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An angler holds up a king salmon in this August 2013 photo. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Wild Fish Conservancy focus is misguided

It’s a lot easier to pick on the little guy than power company giants.

  • Aug 19, 2022
  • By Norman Pillen
An angler holds up a king salmon in this August 2013 photo. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka and former President Donald Trump stand on stage during a July rally in Anchorage. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: It’s Murkowski vs. Trump in November

Alaskans must reward her defense of the truth…

  • Aug 19, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka and former President Donald Trump stand on stage during a July rally in Anchorage. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: There is no need for a constitutional convention

What are the odds a constitutional convention will be anything other than a circus?

  • Aug 18, 2022
  • By Joe Geldhof
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This photo shows the Juneau School District headquarters on March 17, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

When will our schools return to normal?

Somehow over the past 20 years, the “normal” school experience has changed.

  • Aug 18, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
This photo shows the Juneau School District headquarters on March 17, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
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Opinion: The real ‘at last!’ on climate change

In Alaska, the Inflation Reduction Act offers come game-changing features.

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • By Kate Troll
Kate Troll (Courtesy Photo / Kate Troll)
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Opinion: Let’s keep the mandatory real property disclosure ordinance

It will better ensure fair, accurate and efficient property tax assessments and collections.

  • Aug 12, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
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(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Playing the old-timer card

Is the Empire really only interested in the problems faced by small communities?

  • Aug 9, 2022
  • By Molly Kemp
(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Heavy metals run out of the Tulsequah Chief mine opening and down to holding ponds next to the Tulsequah River Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: Officials must keep up pressure to clean up BC mine

In March 2017 I had a Commentary published Pacific Fishing Magazine imploring the British Columbia government to do the right thing and clean up and… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2022
  • By Mark Hofstad resides
Heavy metals run out of the Tulsequah Chief mine opening and down to holding ponds next to the Tulsequah River Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file)
Former Gov. Bill Walker, right, and his running mate former commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Heidi Drygas, speak to Juneauites gathered for a fundraiser at a private home in Juneau on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Why I’m voting for Walker

Walker is the only candidate with the potential to govern effectively for all Alaskans.

  • Aug 6, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
Former Gov. Bill Walker, right, and his running mate former commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Heidi Drygas, speak to Juneauites gathered for a fundraiser at a private home in Juneau on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: The time has come to end Big Tech’s rule

The internet has opened doors and pathways to more than we could have ever imagined just a couple of decades ago. It has become hard… Continue reading

  • Aug 4, 2022
  • By Josh Revak
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Nick Begich III campaign materials sit on tables ahead of a May 16 GOP debate held in Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Nick Begich is who Alaska and America need now

It is in Alaska’s best interest to elect a member of the Republican party.

  • Aug 4, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
Nick Begich III campaign materials sit on tables ahead of a May 16 GOP debate held in Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: If you see something, say something

Together we can fight to preserve this pristine place we live.

  • Aug 2, 2022
  • By Karen Severson
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This photo shows the University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I’m a longtime educator, and I’m supporting Walker/Drygas

The issues our state faces are significant with regard to education.

  • Jul 29, 2022
  • By Heather Batchelder
This photo shows the University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Congress could keep health insurance costs from rising, but it has to act fast

Some argue that the federal government paid out far too much money to too many people under the headline of “pandemic relief aid.” Up to… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2022
  • By Larry Persily
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Opinion: A conversation about mental health

All in all, we want you to know that you are not alone.

  • Jul 26, 2022
  • By Kiana Potter
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