Opinion

A sign posted by Travel Juneau notes the pamphlet-filled visitor's center kiosk is closed because of the pandemic. The center, located near the downtown library, opened in May 2019 during Infrastructure Week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Southeast Alaska cruise season torpedoed again

What can be done to address it?

  • Feb 18, 2021
A sign posted by Travel Juneau notes the pamphlet-filled visitor's center kiosk is closed because of the pandemic. The center, located near the downtown library, opened in May 2019 during Infrastructure Week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
The Mendenhall Glacier is just one of many sites that can be seen without venturing outside of the state. (Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Help Juneau go big in 2021

This is the year to commit to the epic adventure you’ve had in mind.

  • Feb 17, 2021
The Mendenhall Glacier is just one of many sites that can be seen without venturing outside of the state. (Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: University of Alaska is one of our state’s greatest assets

The pandemic created economic hardship and uncertainty, but the university is positioned to help.

  • Feb 17, 2021
This photo shows University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Alaska sidewalks need plowing in winter

It’s time we make access to our sidewalks safe and usable for everyone, even in winter.

  • Feb 16, 2021
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The design for the then-new gold $1 Elizabeth Peratrovich coin was on display during the Elizabeth Peratrovich Day celebration at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council on Feb. 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The ongoing work of Elizabeth Peratrovich

Please join this journey with me to rectify the inequalities we perpetuate, even accidentally.

  • Feb 15, 2021
The design for the then-new gold $1 Elizabeth Peratrovich coin was on display during the Elizabeth Peratrovich Day celebration at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council on Feb. 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: The Tongass could be a solution for the pandemic

Southeast Alaska now has an industry option that would generate jobs not impacted by the pandemic.

  • Feb 12, 2021
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Opinion: We have become a culture of fanaticism with guns

The gun industry pedals guns like the tobacco industry pedals nicotine.

  • Feb 10, 2021
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(Courtesy Image / Pat Race)

Opinion: Recall effort is necessary to hold governor accountable

“We can’t assume someone else is going to do the work of holding him accountable…”

  • Feb 10, 2021
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A sign in the window of a business on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on April 14, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Don’t blame Canada for our restrictions

Do not blame Canada for problems created by our own laws and regulations.

  • Feb 9, 2021
A sign in the window of a business on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on April 14, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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A promising vaccine for our political pandemic

Ballot Measure 2 will go a long way toward making our government serve the people…

  • Feb 9, 2021
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We must push for lasting change and accessible democracy

Our voice and vote is the future, and that future feels bright.

  • Feb 8, 2021
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This photo shows a sign outside the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Closing an Alaska DMV office has a cost beyond dollars

Closing state-operated DMV offices hurts seniors, disable people and people with lower incomes.

  • Feb 8, 2021
This photo shows a sign outside the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Juneau. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Now isn’t the time to abolish the filibuster

Doing away with it treats only a symptom of partisan dysfunction. And now is the wrong time.

  • Feb 5, 2021
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”What if the Recall Dunleavy group has no intention of forcing a special election?” writes Win Gruening. “Instead, what if it is using the recall to influence the 2022 regular election with anonymous donors thereby avoiding pesky APOC disclosure rules? If so, recall advocates should be careful what they wish for.” (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Is the Dunleavy recall opening Pandora’s Box?

What if the Recall Dunleavy group has no intention of forcing a special election?

  • Feb 4, 2021
”What if the Recall Dunleavy group has no intention of forcing a special election?” writes Win Gruening. “Instead, what if it is using the recall to influence the 2022 regular election with anonymous donors thereby avoiding pesky APOC disclosure rules? If so, recall advocates should be careful what they wish for.” (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
The Mendenhall Glacier is devoid of tourists in this January 2021 photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Random chats with strangers show shared humanity

COVID-19 has limited travel, so here are some stories from the past.

  • Feb 3, 2021
The Mendenhall Glacier is devoid of tourists in this January 2021 photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: The shopping cart parable

In my view, the most fundamental measure of a society is how we treat each other…

  • Feb 2, 2021
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Opinion: We can and must do better

The events of Jan. 6 represent the failure of constitutional and civic education at all levels

  • Feb 1, 2021
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This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

The unserious pursuit of constitutional amendments

Why the governor’s cure-all for the state’s chronic budget deficit will run into a brick wall. Again.

  • Jan 30, 2021
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: How we can confront propaganda

“We the people…” are late with this. It is time, now, to get started.

  • Jan 29, 2021
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