Opinion

Opinion: Breast cancer, chemicals and environmental justice

Prevention is badly needed.

  • Jul 1, 2020

Opinion: It’s de ja vù all over again with recent court decision

As was done in Dred Scott, the judicial branch’s idiotic logic pushes our society to the brink.

A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A petition has been circulating online calling for the statue’s removal, citing Seward’s relationship with Alaska Natives. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Imagine living in Russia

Is this statue a polarizing issue? Which side are you on?

  • Jun 30, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. A petition has been circulating online calling for the statue’s removal, citing Seward’s relationship with Alaska Natives. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Supreme Court appointments will become the key issue in 2020 election

The 2020 Presidential election will soon become a single issue campaign.

  • Jun 29, 2020

Opinion: The necessity of history

Let it stand and also let others show why her moment in history is also necessary.

  • Jun 27, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: We can’t change the past, except by changing our present

“The removal petition deliberately throws gasoline on the residual embers of resentment…”

  • Jun 26, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Disabled psychiatric patients need better care

A more social worker-heavy model as an addition to a police department is a reasonable idea.

  • Jun 25, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Preserve our history, don’t tear it down

“Erasing Seward from our history won’t make our history more fair…”

  • Jun 25, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Which parts of our history should be enshrined?

We need to expand our ideas for the statuary in the Court Plaza.

  • Jun 24, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: United we stand, divided we fall

Here is what I know: The statue is causing pain to some of my neighbors.

  • Jun 24, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Alaska’s environmental standards aren’t stringent

Is this how a state with the highest environmental standards in the world would act?

  • Jun 23, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Removing statue would be political correctness gone wild

I would hope that the state of Alaska would continue to memorialize Seward by maintaining his statue

  • Jun 23, 2020
A statue of William Henry Seward, former U.S. Senator and governor of New York, Vice President and Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russian Empire in 1867 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: A questionable UA merger proposal

Alaska can do better.

  • Jun 22, 2020
Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute, gives a presentation at the Sharing Our Knowledge event in September 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Call to remove Seward statue is consistent with views of Southeast Alaska Natives.

For myself, I am reminded on a near-daily basis of Seward’s history and the symbols he represents…

  • Jun 21, 2020
Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute, gives a presentation at the Sharing Our Knowledge event in September 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A recreation of a Civilian Conservation Corps shelter on a CCC-built Trail of Time behind the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is seen on Friday, June 12, 2020. With high unemployment due to COVID-19, the New Deal program is providing a model for state and local work programs. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The true legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps

There’s still a lot of work to be done.

  • Jun 21, 2020
A recreation of a Civilian Conservation Corps shelter on a CCC-built Trail of Time behind the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is seen on Friday, June 12, 2020. With high unemployment due to COVID-19, the New Deal program is providing a model for state and local work programs. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Senator Murkowski, protect voters now

This is about protecting American lives while also upholding our democratic institutions

  • Jun 16, 2020

Opinion: This pandemic is not over

Make choices accordingly.

  • Jun 13, 2020
In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person “was injured when he tripped & fell,” WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers late Thursday, the mayor’s statement said. (Mike Desmond | WBFO via AP)

Opinion: The real conspiracies involving police misconduct

There are questions that need to be asked about Buffalo.

  • Jun 13, 2020
In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person “was injured when he tripped & fell,” WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers late Thursday, the mayor’s statement said. (Mike Desmond | WBFO via AP)

Opinion: 1st Amendment rights apparently only apply to the left

Complex, deep-seated issues facing our country won’t be solved by quelling debate, limiting freedoms.

  • Jun 11, 2020