Opinion

Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Quakers ask for support and advocacy in opposition to ANWR drilling

By Laura Herman “It is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. They are not merely one minority among others,… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2020
Caribou graze on the greening tundra of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska in June, 2001. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: This planet is all we have

It’s why I oppose drilling in ANWR

  • Dec 28, 2020
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(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Governor’s DHSS plan offers chance for API improvement

We can have a higher standard for psychiatric patient care.

  • Dec 28, 2020
(Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Lessons from the year of fantasy politics

And you may ask yourself, ‘How did we get here?’

  • Dec 24, 2020
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Opinion: The ghosts of Christmas past

A positive attitude and willingness to help our neighbors will speed our recovery.

  • Dec 24, 2020
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This photo shows Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 24.  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Trust lands are an issue worth revisiting

Juneau civic leaders may want to revisit an issue they addressed back in June of 2017.

  • Dec 22, 2020
This photo shows Juneau City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 24.  (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Now’s the time for an ANWR lease sale

We cannot wait another 25 years.

  • Dec 21, 2020
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire in May 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks with reporters following her address to the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Filling the leadership void

Alaskans should be proud that Sen. Lisa Murkowski was part of bipartisan effort.

  • Dec 19, 2020
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks with reporters following her address to the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Governor’s silence on ex-attorney general is alarming

“Toxic workplaces boil alive.”

  • Dec 19, 2020
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Climate change forces difficult choices

When you read about or hear about climate change, what typically goes through your head?

  • Dec 19, 2020
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Daryl James (Courtesy Photo )

Opinion: Bring police-seized assets into the light

information from Alaska is unavailable because because of “lax” laws.

  • Dec 16, 2020
Daryl James (Courtesy Photo )
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Opinion: Supporting Texas lawsuit was political malpractice

By Rich Moniak Last week, the attorney general of Texas filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court demanding Joe Biden’s victory in four states… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2020
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(Courtesy Photo / Randall Davis, Alaska Department of Fish & Game)

Opinion: Sea otters are the defenders of kelp forests, ecosystems

We recognize the important ecological roles they play.

  • Dec 14, 2020
(Courtesy Photo / Randall Davis, Alaska Department of Fish & Game)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Opinion: Our hearts go out to Southeast Alaska

Governor shares thoughts, response information on recent disaster.

  • Dec 14, 2020
Gov. Mike Dunleavy (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
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Opinion: The trouble with celebrity politicians

Judges calling balls and strikes are the last line of defense…

  • Dec 12, 2020
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Opinion: The Texas lawsuit is madness and supporting it borders on sedition

Even worse are the ramifications of this effort for the future of Alaska.

  • Dec 11, 2020
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A truck backs up onto a Haines-bound boat on Dec. 3, 2020, as part of an effort to send supplies and people to the landslide-afflicted community. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: It’s important to prepare for the unpredictable

It is often easy to be distracted from the lessons we learn when disaster strikes.

  • Dec 10, 2020
A truck backs up onto a Haines-bound boat on Dec. 3, 2020, as part of an effort to send supplies and people to the landslide-afflicted community. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
David W. Schade is director of the state Division of Agriculture. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: Now that industrial hemp is legal, Alaska’s industry must follow law

By David W. Schade The battle to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska was won in the halls of Congress and the Alaska State Capitol in… Continue reading

David W. Schade is director of the state Division of Agriculture. (Courtesy Photo)
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The numbers don’t lie, but people do

Newly elected legislators should be open to learning from data once in office.

  • Dec 5, 2020
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)