Opinion

The Tongass National Forest sign seen en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Roadless areas of the Tongass are good for wildlife and people, and they ought to be protected

How much of the Tongass will a dying industry mow down on its way out?

  • Nov 21, 2019
The Tongass National Forest sign seen en route to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Tongass National Forest sign stands near the Auke Village Recreation Area. (Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: I hope inclusion of the Tongass under the Roadless Rule is maintained

I retired at the end of March after 28 years as a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service. Over the course of my… Continue reading

  • Nov 18, 2019
The Tongass National Forest sign stands near the Auke Village Recreation Area. (Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The incompetence of unacknowledged conflicts of interest

The application to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy alleged “Neglect of Duties, Incompetence, and/or Lack of Fitness” in four specific actions. In his advice to the… Continue reading

  • Nov 17, 2019

Opinion: CBJ Assembly ponders choices

It’s not clear where they are headed.

  • Nov 15, 2019
President Donald Trump listens to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speak during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House where Trump spoke about his judicial appointments, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo | Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Opinion: Respecting our Constitution

Was this impeachment constitutionally valid?

  • Nov 11, 2019
President Donald Trump listens to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speak during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House where Trump spoke about his judicial appointments, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo | Manuel Balce Ceneta)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Investing in fisheries pays off

Alaskans know just how essential fisheries are to life in the 49th state.

  • Nov 7, 2019
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview at the Juneau Empire on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
School buses sit idle at the First Student lot on Mendenhall Loop Road in this May 2014 photo. (Michael Penn \ Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Barking up the right tree for school safety

In 1999, high school student Rachel Scott wrote about her theory that one person could create a chain reaction of compassion. She stood up for… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2019
School buses sit idle at the First Student lot on Mendenhall Loop Road in this May 2014 photo. (Michael Penn \ Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Roadless Rule realities

Neither side will think they’re winning.

  • Nov 3, 2019

Opinion: Investing in Alaska’s infrastructure will benefit all Alaskans

The world needs copper and Alaska needs infrastructure to deliver it.

  • Oct 31, 2019

Opinion: CBJ Assembly walks a tightrope during budget review

Tough decesions ahead on budget.

  • Oct 29, 2019
Cruise ship visitors gather for their tours on the Seawalk on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Tourism is going unchecked in Juneau

The tipping point is at hand.

  • Oct 29, 2019
Cruise ship visitors gather for their tours on the Seawalk on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
(Courtesy photo | Jeff Lund)

Opinion: Roadless Rule needed to protect salmon, trout

The rule was set up in a sensible way for Southeast.

  • Oct 29, 2019
(Courtesy photo | Jeff Lund)
In this Feb. 16 photo, Deidre Levi rests her head for a moment in her grandmother’s house before a basketball game in the Native Village of St. Michael. Levi says she spoke up about being sexually assaulted because she wanted to be a role model for girls in Alaska. (AP Photo | Wong Maye-E)

Opinion: The social costs of not believing women

What is the social cost of accepting this behavior?

  • Oct 29, 2019
In this Feb. 16 photo, Deidre Levi rests her head for a moment in her grandmother’s house before a basketball game in the Native Village of St. Michael. Levi says she spoke up about being sexually assaulted because she wanted to be a role model for girls in Alaska. (AP Photo | Wong Maye-E)

Opinion: Overtourism in Juneau

Is more better?

  • Oct 27, 2019

Opinion: The closet Republicans in Congress

It’s time for Republicans in Congress to acknowledge Trump is unfit for the office he holds.

  • Oct 27, 2019

Opinion: Applying restorative justice to political warfare

Forgiveness is part of the equation.

  • Oct 20, 2019

Opinion: The Roadless Rule is working for Southeast Alaska

The Roadless Rule is working for Southeast Alaska.

  • Oct 16, 2019
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