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Opinion: Permanent daylight saving time is the wrong answer

Last week, by unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed the “Sunshine Protection Act.”

  • Mar 26, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
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Opinion: Red-brick house, Kiev, Ukraine

I cannot predict what will be the final outcome of this war.

  • Mar 24, 2022
  • By Alexander B. Dolitsky
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(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Let’s not pave paradise to put up parking lots and boat docks at the glacier

By Laurie Craig The quiet of the pandemic has given Juneau residents the chance to reclaim our love of Mendenhall Glacier. Many families have strolled… Continue reading

  • Mar 24, 2022
  • By Laurie Craig
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag. The state on Thursday reported a modest population growth between April 2020 and July 2021. It's the first time since 2016 the state has reported a population increase. (

Opinion: Agriculture is growing in Alaska

Don’t wait till Ag Day to take notice.

  • Mar 23, 2022
  • By Pete Pinney
This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag. The state on Thursday reported a modest population growth between April 2020 and July 2021. It's the first time since 2016 the state has reported a population increase. (

Johnny Ellis — a legacy of mentorship, friendship and statesmanship

By the Sham Jam Steering Committee There has been plenty of ink spilled, social media posts written, and stories shared about the late Johnny Ellis… Continue reading

  • Mar 23, 2022
  • By the Sham Jam Steering Committee
This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag. The state on Thursday reported a modest population growth between April 2020 and July 2021. It's the first time since 2016 the state has reported a population increase. (

Opinion: Rethinking the Village Public Safety Officer program

We must better understand what is needed and reimagine a more flexible program.

  • Mar 22, 2022
  • By Joel Hard
This image available under the Creative Commons license shows the outline of the state of Alaska filled with the pattern of the state flag. The state on Thursday reported a modest population growth between April 2020 and July 2021. It's the first time since 2016 the state has reported a population increase. (
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The good, the bad, and the ugly in Alaska’s renewable energy bill

Things get messy when we get to the bill’s definition of renewable energy.

  • Mar 22, 2022
  • By Dyani Chapman
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Ukraine offers teachable moment for the American electorate

This is a chance for America to stand up for some of what we claim to represent in the world.

  • Mar 19, 2022
  • By Jamison Paul
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Opinion: Building a friendlier world starts at home

We’re bound together by the history that gave birth to the freedoms that allow us to be different.

  • Mar 18, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
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Opinion: Thinking outside the box on Juneau’s economy

Innovation, not stagnation, is the key.

  • Mar 17, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
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This December 2021 photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Glacier area proposal seems to benefit tourists more than locals

By Ken Post There’s a lot to chew on in the Forest Service’s draft environmental impact statement that allows even more commercial visitors at the… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2022
  • By Ken Post
This December 2021 photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Price of oil and an election year could prompt reckless spending

Let’s hope a majority of legislators keep their hands down when the bidding opens.

  • Mar 16, 2022
  • By Larry Persily
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: As job vacancies linger, businesses need unemployment insurance reform

Both employers and workers deserve reforms to the unemployment system.

  • Mar 15, 2022
  • By Jeff Garness
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Opinion: Carbon footprint series hits tech snag, but video is available

Next event is March 23.

  • Mar 14, 2022
  • By Linda Kruger
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Opinion: Investing in clean energy is key to true energy independence

War in Ukraine intensifies the urgent need to end the era of global conflict over fossil fuels…

  • Mar 14, 2022
  • By Kay Brown and Kate Troll
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Opinion: Choosing Ukrainian aid over energy relief

I’ve got two problems with the energy check proposal.

  • Mar 12, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Sovereignty in the Digital Age

What is the risk of exempting Turo from taxation?

  • Mar 11, 2022
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Oil, gas and the winds of war

The war in Ukraine is a grim reminder of how dependent we’ve become on fossil fuels.

  • Mar 11, 2022
  • By Doug Woodby
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Nancy Keen, right, Vivian Mork, Marvin Willard and Rosita Worl, left, protest outside the Dimond Courthouse as a court hearing between the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and the Department of Fish and Game on herring limits in Sitka Sound takes place inside on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Return stewardship of the herring to the people of Sheet’ka Kwaan

Once the herring are gone, they’re gone.

  • Mar 10, 2022
  • By K’asheetchlaa Louise Brady
Nancy Keen, right, Vivian Mork, Marvin Willard and Rosita Worl, left, protest outside the Dimond Courthouse as a court hearing between the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and the Department of Fish and Game on herring limits in Sitka Sound takes place inside on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to the Alaska State Legislature in February. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: I’m a longtime Democrat ready to support a Republican senator

She is willing to act in the interest of the country rather than marching lockstep with her party.

  • Mar 8, 2022
  • By Rodger Painter
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to the Alaska State Legislature in February. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)