Opinion

The Juneau School District building, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett/ Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Can we reopen Juneau schools?

Cowardice in the face of injustice is complicity.

  • Oct 20, 2020
The Juneau School District building, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett/ Juneau Empire)
In this May 7, 2020 photo, Sen. Dan Sullivan wears a mask at a hearing in Washington. Sullivan's office released a statement Monday saying the senator would support a confirmation vote to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court even in an election year. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)

Opinion: Sullivan has earned my vote

Senator Sullivan has a proven record of furthering Alaskans’ need.

  • Oct 20, 2020
In this May 7, 2020 photo, Sen. Dan Sullivan wears a mask at a hearing in Washington. Sullivan's office released a statement Monday saying the senator would support a confirmation vote to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court even in an election year. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP)
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Opinion: Voting for Galvin or Gross is voting against Alaska

By Ron Somerville Two things caught my eye in the paper on Tuesday, which need some clarification for your readers. First, Paulette Simpson’s my turn… Continue reading

  • Oct 20, 2020
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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: Local business — Use it or lose it forever.

There may be more federal funding, but what our local businesses now need most is customers.

  • Oct 19, 2020
A sign in the window of a business on South Franklin Street in downtown Juneau on April 14, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
This photo of a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October shows Ballot Measure 2. The League of Women Voters of Alaska supports the election reform measure. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

League of Women Voters of Alaska supports Ballot Measure 2 — here’s why

The league did not make the decision to support Ballot Measure 2 lightly

  • Oct 19, 2020
This photo of a by-mail ballot sent to an Alaska voter in October shows Ballot Measure 2. The League of Women Voters of Alaska supports the election reform measure. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
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Opinion: Alaskans should support economic development by Rejecting Ballot Measure 1

It’s not the first time an oil tax hike has been considered, but it is the worst time.

  • Oct 17, 2020
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Vote no on Ballot Measure 1

It is ambiguous and almost certainly will lead to instability and litigation in the oil industry.

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Opinion: Join me in voting yes on Ballot Measure 1 for a sustainable future

Paying out $7 in tax credits for every dollar we gain in revenue is madness…

  • Oct 16, 2020
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Ballot Measure 1, which would raise taxes on certain North Slope oil fields, is on the ballot for Alaska’s general election in November. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The Fair Share Act will help avert the looming economic meltdown

By Merrick Peirce The $20 million propaganda campaign underway argues that Alaskans are better off, somehow, getting less for our oil, and also paying billions… Continue reading

  • Oct 16, 2020
Ballot Measure 1, which would raise taxes on certain North Slope oil fields, is on the ballot for Alaska’s general election in November. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Joel Jackson speaks for members of Kake during memorial service for the Guardian Flight crew held at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

The future of Alaska belongs to the people of Alaska

Timber jobs have dried up, but the forest, animal populations, and salmon streams haven’t recovered.

  • Oct 15, 2020
Joel Jackson speaks for members of Kake during memorial service for the Guardian Flight crew held at Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows the Juneau School District building. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: When will Juneau schools reopen?

“It’s time to question Juneau’s educational priorities.”

  • Oct 15, 2020
This photo shows the Juneau School District building. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
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Opinion: I voted for Ballot Measure 1

Here’s why.

  • Oct 14, 2020
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Opinion: What part does science play in voting for our next president?

Regardless of political leanings, consider the science in November.

  • Oct 14, 2020
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U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview with the Juneau Empire at the Capitol in February 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Sullivan is a leader and getting my vote

“Senator Sullivan has an outstanding record of military and national security service.”

  • Oct 13, 2020
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, speaks during an interview with the Juneau Empire at the Capitol in February 2019. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Sullivan has fought hard for Alaskan visitor industry businesses

Thankfully, Dan Sullivan understands the importance of the industry.

  • Oct 12, 2020
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In this July 13, 2007, file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. A proposed gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Alaska would cause “unavoidable adverse impacts,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a letter to the developer released Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. The corps is asking the backers of Pebble Mine to come up with a mitigation plan within 90 days for nearly 3,000 acres of land and nearly 200 miles of streams it says could be affected if the controversial mine moves forward. (AP Photo / Al Grillo)

Opinion: Alaska is an exceptional place for the minerals industry

The minerals industry, too, has been drawn to our state for its abundant resources…

  • Oct 11, 2020
In this July 13, 2007, file photo, workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, near the village of Iliamma. A proposed gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Alaska would cause “unavoidable adverse impacts,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a letter to the developer released Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. The corps is asking the backers of Pebble Mine to come up with a mitigation plan within 90 days for nearly 3,000 acres of land and nearly 200 miles of streams it says could be affected if the controversial mine moves forward. (AP Photo / Al Grillo)
A group protests the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in the White House, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Opinion: The lucky Republicans being led by incompetence

“Into the Wild” tourists and Rose Garden attendees have commonalities.

  • Oct 11, 2020
A group protests the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in the White House, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, outside the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)
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Opinion: Southeast Alaskans, finish the ballot

This year voters in Southeast have it easyonly two judicial officers are on the retention ballot.

  • Oct 10, 2020
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Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige.

Opinion: Thank-you, wildland firefighters

I join the president in conveying my deepest appreciation to all those who fight wildland fires.

  • Oct 9, 2020
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige.
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Opinion: Ballot Measure 2 puts voters first

This is a law creating transparency.

  • Oct 8, 2020
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