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Alaska Editorial: Marriage decision was the right call

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
On Friday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage rendered moot the state's pending appeal in its own case, Hamby v. Parnell.

My Turn: Council fumbled on halibut bycatch reduction

Our North Pacific Fisheries Management Council met in Sitka. Trawl bycatch (bycatch constitutes nontargeted species) of juvenile halibut in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands was on the agenda.

by FABIAN GRUTTER

Monday, June 29, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for June 29, 2015

Thumbs up to Alaska's firefighters. A burst of rain over Interior Alaska this weekend has dampened the wildfires scorching the 49th state.

Alaska's fiscal situation offers no easy choices

During the recent legislative session, the difficulty in reaching an agreement on the budget among Gov.
By JERRY REINWAND

My Turn: The nuts and bolts of the Affordable Care Act are loose

This past Thursday the United States Supreme Court released its decision in the second of two cases questioning the legality and validity of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ...
By Benjamin Brown

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Turn: Solving Alaska's budget problem

Former Gov. Frank Murkowski recently wrote an oped for the Juneau Empire advocating the establishment of a Permanent Fund endowment system for partially funding state government. After attending Gov.
By Kate Troll

My Turn: Red Chris mine poses great risk

I have previously written and spoken about how important the seafood industry is to Alaska's economy, especially to those of us who live in Southeast Alaska.
By REP. DAN ORTIZ

Empire Editorial: On flags and FedEx, collective action will carry the day

On Thursday, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska made a big announcement. You might have missed it - it's been a big week in the news.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Turn: Warning: Smoking fossil fuels are hazardous to our grandchildren

Alaska's Catholic bishops have issued a statement supporting Pope Francis' call for action on climate change.

Empire Editorial: Daycare proposal is a good start to fixing persistent problem

On Tuesday night, the Juneau Planning Commission voted in favor of a proposed ordinance that will remove a significant hurdle for new childcare businesses here.

My Turn: Maintaining a balance

Alaskans breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Legislature finally gaveled out June 11 after two special sessions. Compromises were made, a budget was passed and a government shutdown was ...
By WIN GRUENING

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Empire Editorial: Remove Confederate symbols from Juneau

One by one, they've been walking away. First, it was Wal-Mart. Sears/Kmart followed, as did eBay, Amazon, Etsy and Google Shopping. If this trend continues, the only place you'll soon find the ...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Empire Editorial: To fight rising prison costs, Alaska must reform

It's time for Alaskans to take a hard look at the state's prison system and who inhabits it. Next fiscal year, the state of Alaska will spend $326 million on the Alaska Department of Corrections.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Outside editorial: Obama tinkers with failed Islamic State strategy

One of the most frustrating aspects of President Barack Obama's "strategy" to degrade and destroy Islamic State in Iraq is that he seems to grasp why it isn't working.
By TRUDY RUBIN

Outside editorial: Amid anger, comfort the grieving

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., came home Thursday to join in mourning the nine people at Emanuel AME Church who were gunned down during their Wednesday night prayer service.

Outside editorial: Down with marriage

If you happen to pay extremely close attention to internecine debates within the LGBT community, you may know that not everyone lined up in favor of pursuing marriage equality at the federal level.
By ETHAN J. LEIB

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Turn: Veterans Affairs still needs fixing

Sometimes things seem too good to be true. Last year when the Phoenix VA waiting list scandal broke, and even as we began to discover that VA facilities in other parts of the country weren't ...
By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Empire Editorial: More questions than answers

Most people who threaten others with a firearm aren’t given a paid vacation. But most people also don’t work in the Alaska Senate. It became known recently that Deborah Grundmann, a staffer to ...

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Take down the Confederate flag

We can love the soldier and still hate the war. Soldiers and the idea of soldiers are forever. The flags they stand and salute are like sand; their meaning or shape can change from generation to ...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ferry's failure is one of PR as well as maintenance

June is the time of year to get outside in Southeast Alaska. Every year, our family joins with other families and takes provisions up to Yakutat via the Alaska Marine Highway.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

State still treats mental illness as a crime

"Hi, I'm from the government and I am here to help." Those were scary words if you lived in Alaska in the 1950s and had a mental illness.

Rayco trial result is a disappointment

After a two-week trial, a Juneau jury on June 15 found gun dealer Ray Coxe not liable for the death of 26-year-old Simone Kim, who was shot and killed in 2006 by a meth-addicted fugitive with a ...

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