Opinion

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Opinion: Rapid tests must be implemented to save travel industry

The war we must fight now is COVID-19.

  • Oct 8, 2020
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Opinion: Nuclear launch ‘football’ must immediately be taken from Trump

We are at another moment of grave threat from an erratic, delusional, self-destructive megalomaniac

  • Oct 8, 2020
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In this May 7, 2020 photo, Sen. Dan Sullivan wears a mask at a hearing in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch / Pool)

Opinion: Alaska is fortunate to have Dan Sullivan

The stakes have never been so important.

  • Oct 7, 2020
In this May 7, 2020 photo, Sen. Dan Sullivan wears a mask at a hearing in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch / Pool)
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Opinion: Name Sully As 737 Max test pilot

Here’s why it makes sense.

  • Oct 6, 2020
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President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Washington. Trump said Wednesday he would "listen to both sides" after his eldest son and a campaign adviser urged him to intervene to block a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Opinion: The Tongass and Trump’s dishonest, lazy style of governance

Administering NEPA that way is dishonest and lazy

  • Oct 5, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Washington. Trump said Wednesday he would "listen to both sides" after his eldest son and a campaign adviser urged him to intervene to block a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)
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Opinion: Oil made Alaska rich, now it’s making us poor

It doesn’t need to be this way

  • Oct 5, 2020
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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: Environmental groups should have to disclose their funding sources

Those natural resources of our frontier state are oil, gas, minerals, fish, timber and tourism.

  • Oct 2, 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)
Robin O. Brena is a lifelong Alaska who grew up in Skagway and is an original sponsor of Ballot Measure 1, chair of the Oil and Gas Transition Committee for the Walker administration and founder of Brena, Bell and Walker, a longtime Alaskan law firm. (Courtesy Photo / Robin O. Brena)

Opinion: Ballot Measure 1 means jobs in Southeast Alaska

Alaskans should not be intimidated out of a fair share for our oil.

  • Oct 1, 2020
Robin O. Brena is a lifelong Alaska who grew up in Skagway and is an original sponsor of Ballot Measure 1, chair of the Oil and Gas Transition Committee for the Walker administration and founder of Brena, Bell and Walker, a longtime Alaskan law firm. (Courtesy Photo / Robin O. Brena)
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Opinion: Not now, not ever. Just say no.

Upcoming ballot measures “actually pose a threat to Alaskan values and our economic well-being.”

  • Oct 1, 2020
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Opinion: More compromise and less conflict is the right path for Montana Creek

Opinion: More compromise and less conflict is the right path for Montana Creek

As if 2020 hasn’t been enough already!

  • Sep 29, 2020
Opinion: More compromise and less conflict is the right path for Montana Creek
Opinion: Thank Sullivan when Alaska writes a check to an oil company

Opinion: Thank Sullivan when Alaska writes a check to an oil company

Let’s look at what he actually does.

  • Sep 29, 2020
Opinion: Thank Sullivan when Alaska writes a check to an oil company
Opinion: We are at risk of undermining the foundations of our communities

Opinion: We are at risk of undermining the foundations of our communities

To address pandemic and climate change, listen to science and mobilize our nation’s resources.

  • Sep 28, 2020
Opinion: We are at risk of undermining the foundations of our communities
Greg Smith has served on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly for nearly one year. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Finding good stories and inspiration in 2020

By Greg Smith It has been almost a year since I was elected to the Juneau Assembly. What a year it has been: a once-in-a-century… Continue reading

  • Sep 28, 2020
Greg Smith has served on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly for nearly one year. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg applauds after a performance in her honor after she spoke about her life and work during a discussion at Georgetown Law School in Washington in April 2018. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Opinion: Honoring RBG’s final wish for Americans

The president and the Congress must honor the will of the people.

  • Sep 27, 2020
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg applauds after a performance in her honor after she spoke about her life and work during a discussion at Georgetown Law School in Washington in April 2018. The Supreme Court says Ginsburg has died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Opinion: A balanced approach is needed for oil tax rates

Opinion: A balanced approach is needed for oil tax rates

For the good of Alaska and the future of the state, please vote no on Proposition 1.

  • Sep 24, 2020
Opinion: A balanced approach is needed for oil tax rates
People gather for a candlelight vigil for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg near Dimond Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 19. People shared remarks about some of Ginsburg’s most famous decisions during the event. Some expressed hopes her seat would not be filled until after Election Day. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Loyalty to Alaska citizens not to the Republican Party, please

This is not a rush decision to be made in a month before election.

  • Sep 24, 2020
People gather for a candlelight vigil for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg near Dimond Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 19. People shared remarks about some of Ginsburg’s most famous decisions during the event. Some expressed hopes her seat would not be filled until after Election Day. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Opinion: Panic and lying are the new ‘gold standard’

Opinion: Panic and lying are the new ‘gold standard’

The pandemic has caused more U.S. deaths in a year than in all U.S. conflicts since the Civil War.

  • Sep 24, 2020
Opinion: Panic and lying are the new ‘gold standard’
Opinion: Election transparency is right for Alaska

Opinion: Election transparency is right for Alaska

A message from some North Dakota grandmas.

  • Sep 23, 2020
Opinion: Election transparency is right for Alaska
Opinion: Alaska and America’s very survival are at stake this election year

Opinion: Alaska and America’s very survival are at stake this election year

There’s only one choice for this Marine and others who treasure our democracy.

  • Sep 23, 2020
Opinion: Alaska and America’s very survival are at stake this election year
Opinion: Let’s honor RBG and shine up our precious democracy

Opinion: Let’s honor RBG and shine up our precious democracy

We the people can help by voting Yes on 2 on Nov. 3, or as soon as our mail-in ballots arrive

  • Sep 22, 2020
Opinion: Let’s honor RBG and shine up our precious democracy