Letters to the Editor

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: A better solution to glacier flooding than bombs

Since you are entertaining all ideas, including the absurd: What about NOT building a house right next to the Mendenhall River? Listen to nature, she… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: What will it take to implement a cruise ship plan?

It makes no sense to cater to the most environmentally degrading aspects of tourism while also aspiring to prevent the accelerating destruction of our local… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Unintended consequences of tourism — a plea for a balanced Auke Bay

I am a resident of Auke Bay who has watched our neighborhood undergo a transformation that is difficult to reconcile with the community we once… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Tourism industry overran Hoonah; don’t let it happen in Juneau

I am a Hoonah tribal member and ANCSA shareholder, Juneau born and raised, and moved to my home village in 1981. I recently moved back… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Assembly way off track — time for a course correction

My name is Molly Duvall. I was born in Petersburg and am living in Juneau now for the second time since 1990. I’m a working… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Knowing your tourism limitations

Reducing driving speed in a school zone protects children. Restricting the catch of king salmon helps manage a fishery, while a prescription drug dosage is… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Lawful vs. disrespectful treatment of U.S. flag

In response to Art Morris’s comments regarding the difference between disrespect and lawful treatment of the American flag: I am well aware of what is… Continue reading

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Why the urgency in appointing Loren Jones to the Assembly?

At the end of the July 10 Assembly meeting (specifically at 10:17 p.m.), after the Assembly honored departing member Carole Triem who resigned, Mayor Beth… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)
(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Clean up after setting off fireworks at Outer Point

Dear Fourth of July Outer Point fireworks revelers: Please know that this is not an anti-fireworks denunciation. I am all for having fun with pyrotechnic… Continue reading

(Juneau Empire File)

Letter: Appreciate the freedom to tell stories, listen and engage

Sincere and multiple kudos to Alexander Dolitsky for his My Turn of June 19, 2023, in his discussion with Rebecca about “What is Freedom?” This… Continue reading

Letter: Hoping for a favorable ruling as king salmon troller season nears

Folks following the Wild Fish Conservancy lawsuit that seeks to shut down commercial king salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska may not be aware of the… Continue reading

Opinion: A preserved watershed is more valuable than a developed one

Perhaps we just lived through the “golden years” of out-of-town visitors to the Mendenhall Glacier.

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)
Opinion: Governor, Legislature need to do due diligence on PFD
Opinion: Governor, Legislature need to do due diligence on PFD
Opinion: Cherish and protect children

Opinion: Cherish and protect children

There’s no stronger bond than that of a mother and her child, and there’s no greater joy on earth than grandparents holding their grandchild for… Continue reading

Opinion: Cherish and protect children
Opinion: Government shutdown endangers our country

Opinion: Government shutdown endangers our country

The government shutdown can’t be justified by citing the obvious needs of border security. Border security is a necessity but why pursue it by endangering… Continue reading

Opinion: Government shutdown endangers our country
A Sitka black-tailed deer. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Opinion: Open your eyes to the deer on Douglas

In a letter to the editor on Dec. 22 Gary Miller states that he can’t see deer on Douglas Island. Yet I see deer tracks… Continue reading

A Sitka black-tailed deer. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)
Opinion: Tourists don’t visit Southeast to see clear-cuts

Opinion: Tourists don’t visit Southeast to see clear-cuts

I appreciated reading that the new Regional Forester Dave Schmid feels prepared to handle the proposed Alaska-specific Roadless Rule process. I would assume Schmid is… Continue reading

Opinion: Tourists don’t visit Southeast to see clear-cuts
A young Sitka black-tailed deer finds fresh greens to eat along Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A young Sitka black-tailed deer finds fresh greens to eat along Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)