Opinion

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: Don’t leave rural communities stranded

When will the gridlock end, and when will we be reconnected?

  • Dec 25, 2019
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)
An e-cigarette device on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Until more is known about vaping and THC use, caution is the best advice

“This ain’t your mother’s marijuana.”

  • Dec 25, 2019
An e-cigarette device on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Auorora. (Courtesy photo | Ward S. Mace via the Alaska Department of Transportation)

Opinion: Repair the Aurora and restore her to service quickly

I’m writing as a concerned citizen and former Alaska Marine Highway System employee.

  • Dec 24, 2019
The Auorora. (Courtesy photo | Ward S. Mace via the Alaska Department of Transportation)
Copper and silver engraved jewelry by Jennifer Younger at the SHI store in Juneau. (Courtesy file photo | Jennifer Younger)
Copper and silver engraved jewelry by Jennifer Younger at the SHI store in Juneau. (Courtesy file photo | Jennifer Younger)
The Alaska State Capitol, seen in this August 2019 photo, will be where the state’s budge takes shape. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Dunleavy kicks some cans with budget plan

Were back to debating a 2015 fiscal plan.

  • Dec 20, 2019
The Alaska State Capitol, seen in this August 2019 photo, will be where the state’s budge takes shape. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Older custom license plates decorate the wall at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Juneau in this March 2015 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Instead of donations, what would be so bad about taxing Alaskans?

It’s come to this in Alaska. A state agency is asking for public donations to do its job. I don’t blame the Division of Motor… Continue reading

Older custom license plates decorate the wall at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Juneau in this March 2015 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Fog drifts through the trees in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The World Needs the Roadless Rule

The Tongass National Forest is globally significant. It is the world’s last intact temperate rainforest and our nation’s largest national forest and provides more long-term… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2019
Fog drifts through the trees in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Tongass National Forest sign stands near the Auke Village Recreation Area. (Juneau Empire File)

Opnion: Breathe Deep for Forest Service’s ‘crown jewel’ and say, ‘No Action on Roadless Rule’

The Tongass is one of the last remaining intact temperate rainforests producing an oxygen-rich, healthy environment countering Earth’s record high Carbon Dioxide atmosphere. Tongass is… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2019
The Tongass National Forest sign stands near the Auke Village Recreation Area. (Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Investigations without end

None of this going to end well.

  • Dec 15, 2019
Spruce boughs hang near a pond in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Past logging has disproportionately impacted the most valuable old-growth stands in Southeast Alaska

The Tongass is the only national forest that still clear-cuts old growth.

  • Dec 15, 2019
Spruce boughs hang near a pond in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Spruce boughs hang near a pond in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: A tale of two forests

Old-growth forests differ from second-growth in terms of wildlife habitat.

  • Dec 13, 2019
Spruce boughs hang near a pond in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Residents walk Seward Street during Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Give the gift of commerce

Shop local this holiday season.

  • Dec 13, 2019
Residents walk Seward Street during Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Usnea, better known as Old Man’s Beard, hangs from trees in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Seeing the forest for more than the trees

These islands are the Galapagos of the North.

  • Dec 12, 2019
Usnea, better known as Old Man’s Beard, hangs from trees in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Fog drifts through the trees in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Full chest freezers need the Roadless Rule

It’s not surprising that most Southeast Alaskans think the Roadless Rule is working.

  • Dec 11, 2019
Fog drifts through the trees in the Tongass National Forest on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Embrace a future with the full benefits of a healthy Tongass

Learn from these mistakes and start fixing the problem.

Opinion: Keep the national Roadless Rule on the Tongass

Why would we willingly start the process of degradation in healthy portions of our forest?

  • Dec 10, 2019
Sen. Shelley Hughes

Opinion: Sen. Hughes: Time to let go and get it right

The sound of the crowd is at fever pitch.

  • Dec 8, 2019
Sen. Shelley Hughes

Opinion: The upside-down economics of the health insurance system

Democrats and Republicans in Congress got it all wrong.

  • Dec 8, 2019
The Tongass National Forest sign stands near the Auke Village Recreation Area. (Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Trout Unlimited’s assertions on Tongass are wrong

Assertions that 66% of the “largest and best stands” have been cut is absurd.

  • Dec 6, 2019
The Tongass National Forest sign stands near the Auke Village Recreation Area. (Juneau Empire File)
The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The Roadless Rule doesn’t save anything

It is a politically motivated impediment to good forest management and use.

  • Dec 5, 2019
The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
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