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Empire Readers' Council Editorial: Adult leadership missing in Alaska

When, exactly, should concerns about Alaska’s fiscal and economic future give way to fear? When the general fund fiscal shortfall hits $5 billion each year? When the failure of the Legislature to adopt a sustainable budget or address the fiscal situation reduces Alaska’s bond rating to junk status?

Alaska Editorial: Treat ferry system like a business

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:
The Alaska Marine Highway System should become - at least in part - a private enterprise.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

My Turn: Make it count on menu labeling

Many consumers have heard of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the national healthcare law that was enacted by President Barack Obama back in 2010.
By BRYAN DOBB

My Turn: Psychiatric patient mistreatment in Alaska

While the Alaska legislators spent their time earlier this session on what their new office space will look like, the furniture and the décor, the disabled were mistreated.
By FAITH MYERS and DORRANCE COLLINS

Alaska Editorial: No room for error in special legislative session

For the state to remain on a solvent financial path, a few things must happen during the next 30 days.

Monday, May 23, 2016

My Turn: Saving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: A sacred part of our collective story

I have never been to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and yet, it is a part of me, and I a part of it.
By BONNIE DEMERJIAN

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Empire Editorial: In Pederson Hill dispute, both sides are right

Developers and city officials will square off Monday over the future of housing development in Juneau's capital city. Both sides need to keep in mind that what is best for the city requires both ...

My Turn: Stop wasteful spending during a fiscal crisis

As the newest member of Alaska's Legislature, there have been a lot of things that have surprised me about our political process. One of the biggest surprises has been the disconnect between our ...
By IVY SPOHNHOLZ

Friday, May 20, 2016

My Turn: The Orwellian trials of Obamacare

When it's wrong it must be right. That oxymoron embodies the six-year history of Obamacare.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, May 19, 2016

My Turn: Demise of Denali's East Fork wolf family group a loss to science, tourism and Alaska

One of the two remaining East Fork wolves of Denali National Park was shot this past weekend by a trophy hunter at a bear baiting station just outside park boundaries. If this sounds eerily ...
By MARYBETH HOLLEMAN

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Turn: A vote away from helping Alaska's foster children

As a mother and grandmother and through my work with foster youth and the Alaska Children's Trust, I have realized that few things are of higher priority to me than the safety and well-being of ...
By DONNA WALKER

My Turn: Raiding the Permanent Fund threatens the economy and our future

Sometimes shortcuts don't work. You run into road construction, traffic is backed up or you get lost. The leadership in the Senate Majority Caucus has found a shortcut, but it's dangerous and has ...
By HARRIET DRUMMOND

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Empire Editorial: No end in sight for Legislature

Today is Day 121 of the Legislature's regular session. We don't know when the Legislature will finish its work, but it won't be today. It may not be this month, either. For Alaska's sake, we hope ...

My Turn: Alaska's environment and economy depend on each other

For the past couple of months, the phrase "budget deficit" has been everywhere. In late March, I spent a week in our state's capitol with a group of dedicated teenagers to talk about conservation ...
By ELVIE UNDERWOOD

Alaska Editorial: Legislature should help UA transition

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Changes on the way for the University of Alaska system, as sketched out in a memo from UA President Jim Johnsen last week, ...

My Turn: The cost of inaction is too high

As the Legislature nears the end of the constitutional 120-day session, I am gravely concerned about the possible outcome. Our state is in a difficult fiscal position.
By GOV. BILL WALKER

Monday, May 16, 2016

My Turn: Oil tax compass

By now, most Alaskans know we are paying oil companies over $700 million more in refundable oil tax credits than we get in production taxes. That’s nearly $1,000 from every man, woman and child in ...
By BILL WIELECHOWSKI

My Turn: Women in the Catholic Church

My favorite photograph of Catholic monk Thomas Merton, taken by photographer Ralph Meatyard in 1967, shows Merton standing around in his ballcap and monk suit, sleeves rolled up, not a whiff of ...
By JIM HALE

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Letter: Wolf conservation is important for Alaska

I was pleased to read the May 19 My Turn in the Empire called "Demise of Denali's East Fork Wolf Family a Loss to Science, Tourism, Alaska.

Letter: Private enterprise, not government, to blame for road project management

I read Randy Brown's May 23 Letter to the Editor with interest as a resident of Douglas Island and one affected by the circus at the bottom of the Juneau side of the bridge. Where I would take ...

Monday, May 23, 2016

Letter: Department of Transportation isn't keeping Alaska moving

I am a resident of this Great State, and put high faith and trust in our governmental organizations. They deliver great services at an unbeatable price, and we take pride in that fact.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Letter: Veterans honor flight

I recently returned from a veterans honor flight to Washington, D.C., the purpose being to see the war memorials and other important sights in D.C.

Letter: Time to respect Native sovereignty

It seems clearer than ever that the state of Alaska is structurally unsustainable and inequitable. Has the colonial venture failed? Now is past time for us all to respect Native sovereignty and ...

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