Opinion

The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The gift of kindness

Every year should be a Year of Kindness.

At River City Books, shoppers can easily find books written by local authors by perusing the local author shelf in the store’s Alaska section, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen | Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Library science isn’t just about finding books

When we hear the word library, many of us remember the library of our childhood — a silent space where children listen to stories and… Continue reading

At River City Books, shoppers can easily find books written by local authors by perusing the local author shelf in the store’s Alaska section, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Victoria Petersen | Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Marijuana Board should not allow onsite marijuana consumption

For safety of Alaskans disallow public cannabis use.

Opinion: Earthquake 2.0

Lessons to be gleaned from the seismic event.

Opinion: Help the homeless this holiday season

The holiday season is in full swing. This is the busiest time of the year at the Glory Hall, Juneau’s emergency shelter, soup kitchen and… Continue reading

Opinion: A PSA from your barista

I have not gotten used to one looming thing: male entitlement.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy poses with first lady Rose Dunleavy after he was sworn into office Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Kotzebue, Alaska. He had originally planned the ceremony in her hometown of Noorvik, Alaska, but poor weather prevented his plane from landing there and the ceremony was moved to Kotzebue.(Stanley Wright | Alaska Governor’s Office via AP)

Opinion: No, Mr. Governor, erosion didn’t kill the fish

He has a lot to discover about the issues facing the state.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy poses with first lady Rose Dunleavy after he was sworn into office Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Kotzebue, Alaska. He had originally planned the ceremony in her hometown of Noorvik, Alaska, but poor weather prevented his plane from landing there and the ceremony was moved to Kotzebue.(Stanley Wright | Alaska Governor’s Office via AP)
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                                <span class='IDappliedStyle' title='InDesign: Light'>This aerial photo shows damage at the Glenn Highway near Mirror Lake after earthquakes in the Anchorage area, Alaska, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city. (Marc Lester | Anchorage Daily News)</span>

Opinion: We should follow California’s lead — again

Leadership in addressing climate change is needed.

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit"><strong>Marc Lester | Anchorage Daily News</strong><strong></strong></span>
                                <span class='IDappliedStyle' title='InDesign: Light'>This aerial photo shows damage at the Glenn Highway near Mirror Lake after earthquakes in the Anchorage area, Alaska, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 shattered highways and rocked buildings Friday in Anchorage and the surrounding area, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami warning for islands and coastal areas south of the city. (Marc Lester | Anchorage Daily News)</span>
Andrew Lopez, 12, of Midland, Texas, sits next to a statue of George H.W. Bush inside the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in College Station. (David J. Phillip | Associated Press)

Opinion: Wonderful lessons to be learned from late President Bush

Late President Bush, “never hated anyone” which really touches the heart.

Andrew Lopez, 12, of Midland, Texas, sits next to a statue of George H.W. Bush inside the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in College Station. (David J. Phillip | Associated Press)

Opinion: End ‘free passes’ for sexual violence

Alaska needs meaningful policy change.

Democrat gubernatorial candiate Mark Begich, a former U.S. Senator for Alaska and former mayor of Anchorage, speaks during an interview in Juneau on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Democrat gubernatorial candiate Mark Begich, a former U.S. Senator for Alaska and former mayor of Anchorage, speaks during an interview in Juneau on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: The hollow satisfaction of undoing government

Going back to the problems we had before one side thinks they solved them isn’t “doing things differently.”

In this Nov. 6 photo, an ebullient Mike Dunleavy enters a campaign party as polls close on Election Day in Anchorage. (Michael Dinneen | Associated Press File)

Opinion: Alaska elections — anomalies and similarities

For Alaskans, bucking this national trend should have very positive consequences.

In this Nov. 6 photo, an ebullient Mike Dunleavy enters a campaign party as polls close on Election Day in Anchorage. (Michael Dinneen | Associated Press File)
In this Nov. 16, 2018 photo, a firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire, in Paradise, California. The massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday, Nov. 25. (John Locher | Associated Press File)

Opinion: Finding a solution to wildfires

Recently, the Juneau Empire reprinted an editorial from a California newspaper that called for everyone to come together to find a solution to wildfires. Research… Continue reading

In this Nov. 16, 2018 photo, a firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire, in Paradise, California. The massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday, Nov. 25. (John Locher | Associated Press File)
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Opinion: Lift the Roadless Rule for the Tongass

From the North Slope to the Panhandle, and the Interior to the Peninsula, rural Alaskans are prioritizing their access — to each other, the rest… Continue reading

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Opinion: Tolerating dissent is good business and good for democracy

Confident leadership understands that some dissention in the ranks fosters critical thinking and builds solid morale.

In this Oct. 29 file photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the in Pittsburgh. (AP File Photo | Matt Rourke)
                                 In this Oct. 29 file photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the in Pittsburgh. (AP File Photo | Matt Rourke)

Opinion: #LOVETHYNEIGHBOR (No exceptions)

Last week I arrived heartbroken and filled with grief in Pittsburgh, where I was born, raised and lived 10 years as an adult. I arrived… Continue reading

In this Oct. 29 file photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the in Pittsburgh. (AP File Photo | Matt Rourke)
                                 In this Oct. 29 file photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the in Pittsburgh. (AP File Photo | Matt Rourke)