Opinion

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City leaders seem determined to drive cost of living even higher with their tax-and-spend appetites.

Opinion: How to make Juneau less affordable

  • May 24, 2023
  • By Win Gruening
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
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Why the ‘tree’ bill won’t grow revenue

Most legislators seem to recognize that this isn’t the commencement of a visionary plan.

  • May 18, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
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Opinion: Simple math points to more equitable tax plan

To me it seems like simple math.

  • May 15, 2023
  • Judy Smathers
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Opinion: Misinterpreting the Second Amendment

This is a response to the editorial by David Bugg in the May 3, 2023 edition of the Juneau Empire. First, it is interesting that… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2023
  • By Mark S. Johnson
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(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The false gods in America’s gun culture

HB 61 is a solution in search of a problem.

  • May 11, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
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(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Connecting the dots on Alaska’s higher cost of living

If locally elected officials fail to recognize these connections, it will exacerbate the problem

  • May 10, 2023
  • By Win Gruening
(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
This photo shows Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jim Cockrell. (Courtesy photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Opinion: Honoring the 69 peace officers who have died serving Alaskans

They are not forgotten.

  • May 10, 2023
  • By James Cockrell
This photo shows Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Jim Cockrell. (Courtesy photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
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: Sales tax proposal defies logic

Nor does it even make horse sense.

  • May 9, 2023
  • By Frank Murkowski
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)
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Opinion: Seafood Producers Cooperative responds to WFC ruling

“I want to convey our great disappointment…”

  • May 8, 2023
  • By Norman Pillen
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference in which options for a long-range fiscal plan were discussed. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Tax talk should be paired with PFD pragmatism

Alaska is 30 years into state budget deficits, borrowing billions from savings to pay the bills.

  • May 5, 2023
  • By Larry Persily
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference in which options for a long-range fiscal plan were discussed. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Vic Fischer at 99 continues to leave his imprint on Alaska

In honor of Vic Fischer turning 99, I will continue to do my part in making Alaska the Best Frontier

  • May 5, 2023
  • By Kate Troll
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Opinion: The relationship between financial literacy and paying taxes

Paying state and local taxes will be part of the household budgets they learn to manage.

  • May 5, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
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Opinion: Thank you, homemaker-moms

Please value any homemaker-moms you know, and not just on Mother’s Day…

  • May 2, 2023
  • By Mike Clemens
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This image available under a Creative Commons license shows an AR-15 with magazines. (docmonstereyes / Flickr)

Opinion: Interpretation of Heller opinion missed the mark

In his April 17 column in defense of banning modern sporting rifles like the Armalite 15, Rich Moniak states: ” As I’ve written numerous times,… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2023
  • By David Bugg
This image available under a Creative Commons license shows an AR-15 with magazines. (docmonstereyes / Flickr)

Opinion: Alaska has bright future if we keep oil taxes competitive

It’s time to keep our eye on the future…

  • May 2, 2023
  • By Joe Schierhorn and Jim Jansen
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Opinion: Scratch out summer, spring and fall on your calendar. Replace with ‘cruise Season’

Everywhere in and near Juneau is vulnerable to cruise business gluttony.

  • Apr 29, 2023
  • By Karla Hart
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Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: House Bill 80 and Senate Bill 53 do not protect psychiatric patients

There is no reasonable plan in the bills to protect non-violent patients…

  • Apr 28, 2023
  • By Faith J. Myers
Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)
(Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Another legislative session fails on the budget front

A fragmented approach to a complex problem is wrong.

  • Apr 28, 2023
  • By Rich Moniak
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A car sit parked on Dixon Street in the Telephone Hill area. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Juneau’s history deserves to be protected

Let’s save Telephone Hill.

  • Apr 27, 2023
  • By Kimberly Metcalfe
A car sit parked on Dixon Street in the Telephone Hill area. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
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Opinion: Admiral Richard J. Knapp, RIP

Admiral Knapp packed more into his life than most of us could ever hope to in several lifetimes.

  • Apr 27, 2023
  • By Win Gruening
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