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Alaska Editorial: Governor's conference will begin much-needed revenue discussion

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Nearly 60 years ago, delegates gathered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to chart a course for a state that didn't exist yet.

Empire Editorial: Seniors need to play the right cards to keep sales tax exemption

If you're a senior in Juneau and want to stay exempt from the City and Borough of Juneau sales tax, you're going to have to take action this month. On July 1, all old tax exemption cards will expire.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for June 1, 2015

Thumbs up to the weather. We're writing this before midnight, but even before the month officially ends, we know the result: Juneau has had its hottest and driest May on record.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Turn: Building a sustainable future through conversations with Alaskans

Next weekend, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott and I will kick off a series of conversations about the future of our state.

Empire Editorial: Senators, don't scuttle this budget deal

Early Saturday morning, the Alaska House of Representatives finally reached a budget deal. Republicans agreed to spend a little more than they wanted. Democrats agreed to vote to spend from the ...

Friday, May 29, 2015

My Turn: Medicaid reform is the real red herring

In an opinion piece published in the Alaska Dispatch News last week, Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, called Medicaid expansion a red herring and concluded "we need to embrace Medicaid reform and let ...
By Rich Moniak

Alaska Editorial: Reserve transfer would hurt state's future fiscal options

The following editorial first appeared Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Necessity, according to the old saying, is the mother of invention.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Empire Editorial: Patriot Act hasn't lived up to its name

In the pursuit of those who might one day harm U.S. citizens, the civil rights of every American have been stepped on for almost 14 years. The Patriot Act, among other things, has allowed the bulk ...

My Turn: Oil tax myths

In the ongoing statewide budget battle, it is predictable that dialogue would become heated and arguments would turn emotional. In some cases, peoples' livelihood are at stake and long held ...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Empire Editorial: If Seattle doesn't want Shell, head north to the future

On Monday morning, a woman hanging on the anchor chain of an oil-drilling support ship finally left her post of protest with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard.

My Turn: New definition for military 'Dereliction of Duty'

President Obama has taken his "climate change" (aka "global warming") out of the political arena or any scientific arena other than the opinions of "climatologists" (including the opinions of over ...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My Turn: EPA is at it again

While Juneau is working on its economic development plan, the federal government is back at adopting costly and burdensome new regulations at the expense of sustainable growth.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for May 25, 2015

Thumbs up to veterans. Today is Veterans Day, and while you may be out enjoying the sun in a kayak or with your barbecue grill, take a moment to think about the reason we have this holiday and why ...

My Turn: An overdue ounce of prevention

We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Empire Editorial: Time for a legislative remodel

The Legislature needs some remodeling, and not the kind that took place at legislative information office in Anchorage.

Letters to the Editor

Cuts to fire protection matter everywhere in Alaska

In the last month, the Alaska Dispatch News has published close to an article a day on the subject of wildland fires and fire danger. We learned that we've had fires near Eagle, Delta and Dillingham.

Letter: A different perspective on Rep. Muñoz

I read with some amusement the attacks on Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, and her recent efforts in the Legislature. The allegations that Rep.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Have we come to this?

Some Alaskans believe it is good to live in a democracy.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Letter: Taking from dividends beyond corrupt

I didn't know that massively cutting public education across Alaska was so important that some legislators would threaten to jeopardize our Permanent Fund Dividend to do that. That's the new GOP plan.

Who does Muñoz work for?

"No one can serve two masters … or else they'll be devoted to one and despise the other." How true this biblical paradox is - Rep. Kathy Muñoz is a person with seemingly self-contradictory ...

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