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Opinion

Editorials

Empire Readers' Council: In the wake of political upheaval, change

From Juneau to the rest of Alaska and to the nation, change is the common denominator in the November election.

Opinion: Trump's Cabinet choices have perfected ways to screw people over

Few places in America loved Donald Trump on Nov. 8 as much as Upshur County, West Virginia, in the heart of Coal County.

by WILL BUNCH

Opinion: Immigrants won't self-deport

Self-deportation is back in vogue.

by WAYNE A. CORNELIUS

Legal but ill-advised: Flag burning and hostile Trump tweets

The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
So now President-elect Donald Trump wants to strip citizenship rights from anyone burning an American flag and subject them to a year in jail.

Castro's death provides opportunity to engage Cuba

It's too soon for major policy pronouncements on a post-Fidel Cuba.
Yet President-elect Donald Trump, in the beginning stages of building his administration, has already made a major announcement.

by FABIOLA SANTIAGO

Opinion: Don't let white nationalists define who they are, what they should be called

Less than two weeks ago, a man named Richard Spencer gave the closing speech to a highly charged gathering of white nationalists in Washington in the shadows of the White House under the banner of something called the National Policy Institute.

by WILL BUNCH

Alaska Editorial: Ferry system should become a public corporation

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:
That's what a Southeast Conference steering committee of stakeholders has come to realize. The committee began meeting this year with the intent of reforming the ferry system.

Opinion: Legal weed ... bummer, man

Quietly, and obfuscated by the stunning stupidity of our electing Donald Trump president, the recreational use of marijuana became legal in four more states this month. That's eight in total now, plus Washington, D.C.

by DAVE BRY

Opinion: Wrong then, wrong now

Carl Higbie, a prominent supporter of Donald Trump, said recently that the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a "precedent" for the president-elect's plans to create a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries.

by CARL TAKEI

My Turn: Opposition to the proposed halibut RQE program

The Dec. 7-9 meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) will decide the final action for the proposed Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) for guided halibut sport fishing operators. The program has been under discussion since 2014.

by JUDY BRAKEL and HEIDI HERTER DAVIS

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Opinion: The importance of a two-war force

Americans have many expectations of their government, but foremost among them is that it will keep them safe. Indeed, in a recent survey, respondents ranked defense as the government's highest ...
By RACHEL ZISSIMOS

Opinion: Why we hate us

Through the widest lens of history, America since the 1980s looks like the most golden of golden ages. The peace and prosperity of this era is unparalleled compared to the rest of the world and ...
By DICK MEYER

Alaska Editorial: Moving forward

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Alaskans dealt with it. That's what was to be expected, particularly given the majority are adults. We know when money is ...

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Empire Editorial: Ferry system needs to change to weather the storm

After years of weathering rough seas, crossing the Gulf of Alaska to connect Kodiak residents and those in the Aleutians to the rest of the state, the Tustumena bears four pencil-thin cracks in ...

My Turn: 9/11 families achieve rare bipartisan victory in Congress

It is indeed ironic that after eight years of partisan squabbling, amid the turmoil surrounding the presidential election, U.S. House and Senate members united on one controversial issue to ...
By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: Will we have to fight to 'hold these truths'?

"We hold these truths to be self-evident," states America's Declaration of Independence. They are equality among men and the unalienable rights of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
By Rich Moniak

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Empire Editorial: Changing Denali name likely Trump pillow talk

Two wrongs don't make a right. We hope President-elect Donald Trump remembers that during any future conversations (or tweets) in regards to changing the name of Denali back to Mount McKinley.

Opinion: Make our (costly) infrastructure great again

By his own admission, President-elect Donald Trump is a guy who likes to build stuff: A golf course in Scotland. A hotel in Washington D.C. A great, big beautiful wall on the American border with ...
By JOHN L. MICEK

Alaska Editorial: New House Resource co-chairs sound right notes

To quote Slim Pickens’ Taggart from Blazing Saddles, “What in the wide world of sports is a-goin’ on here?” In the decades since before and after Alaska statehood, the universal refrain among ...

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Newly elected Legislature should prepare for work on state revenues

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Don't start spending the "other half" of your 2016 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend check yet. A judge last week ruled in ...

My Turn: Delivering a new energy in a new way on Alaska's North Slope

There's a new era on Alaska's North Slope - and its stars are the small, independent oil and gas companies like Caelus Energy Alaska. Caelus just announced that it has discovered the largest North ...
By JAMES UDELHOVEN

Opinion: Thanksgiving 2016: Uncertain but still grateful

So, it's that time of year: Time to reflect on the good things in our lives; to appreciate family, friends, community; to consider that for which we ought to be thankful.
By THOMAS L. KNAPP

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

My Turn: Mental Health Trust open to federal buyout, but questions linger

The Alaska Mental Health Trust develops resources it owns to fund its operations.
By REBECCA KNIGHT

My Turn: Shrinking budgets, drug epidemic created Alaska's 'perfect storm'

Change is hard but it can also provide opportunities. Last spring, an opportunity presented itself when our Legislature and Gov. Bill Walker enacted Senate Bill 91, broadly reforming our criminal ...
By JAHNA LINDEMUTH

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

Editorial: Americans need clarity on Trump's business ties

One of the major problems that President-elect Donald Trump is clearly wrestling with now is how to square his previous role as an active, broad-based international businessman with his new role - ...

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

Letter: Offshore lease cancellation a blow to Arctic communities

The announcement from the Obama administration cancelling Arctic offshore lease sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas is a major blow to Arctic communities and economies, and to the entire state ...

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016

Letter: Thanks for Veterans Day card

At the Veterans Day program in Centennial Hall Nov. 11, I was handed a card by a young lady, Madelyn Boman. It is a "thank you for your service" card. It is very artful and colorful and must have ...

Letter: Donald Trump's victory

The Donald Trump victory proves positively that the USA is not a God-fearing nation. God admonishes his followers to love one and all. Trump's message spreads hate.

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Letter: Clean water equals life

Clean, fresh, life-giving water is the essence of all .

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Letter: Framers wise to have Electoral College

Every time a presidential election results in more popular votes for the losing candidate there is an outcry for a constitutional change in the electoral system to "one person, one vote." The ...

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