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My Turn: Bring the Ancient One home

The threads of history, culture and ancestry form a timeless and unbreakable weave in Native American life. The elders who came before us are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.


My Turn: We can't live tax-free anymore

The political and public debate over Alaska's fiscal future is too focused on too many of us protecting too much of our own. Don't touch my dividend. Cut more of someone else's public services. Protect the oil industry. Don't dare tax me.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Gov. Walker is the one leading in the fiscal crisis. Legislators? Not at all.

The following editorial first appeared in The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: There really is only one adult in the messy room of Alaska's finances. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My Turn: Together, Alaskans can build a legacy that we can be proud of

Alaskans know it. I was born and raised here, and I can see it clear as day. Our state is at a serious crossroads, where the only certainty is change.

Alaska Editorial: Timber moves

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Alaska needs its industry - big and small. One of its oldest is the timber industry, and, while it isn't as big as it used to ...

My Turn: 26 years later, assessing the ADA

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990, he said, "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down." Has that wall come down? ...

Monday, July 25, 2016

My Turn: The mining industry wants it both ways

The Pebble Partnership has grabbed headlines recently, attacking an Environmental Protection Agency scientist and claiming EPA somehow violated federal law by communicating with Alaskans.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Empire Editorial: On health care, please clap

When was the last time you cheered the fact that the price of something rose 10 percent? That seemed to be what the state of Alaska was asking us to do on Monday when it sent out a triumphant ...

Friday, July 22, 2016

My Turn: Kudos to those willing to tackle tough issues - how can we help?

Juneau is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. It offers an idyllic waterfront setting with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Cultural and recreational activities abound and our sense of ...

Empire Editorial: Legislature did a D+ job in 2016

No session of the Alaska Legislature is perfect. This one was far from it. Two years ago, we awarded the Legislature a B+ grade for passing education reform, pension reform and a natural gas ...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Turn: Reinbold is wrong about Alaska's criminal justice reform

Rep. Lora Reinbold recently argued in the Juneau Empire and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Senate Bill 91 (criminal justice reform) will not reduce recidivism or improve public safety, but will ...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Letter: Love thy neighbor and support the ordinance

The other evening, I was having dinner with some friends. These friends truly follow in the path of Jesus. They give their time, they give their money, and most of all they give their love to ...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My Turn: How Juneau police, and our community, must respond to recent tragedies

Last week, there was an ambush of police officers in Dallas, resulting in the murder of five Dallas area police officers. That day was the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

My Turn: 'Disgusted' with Alaska House's inaction

After reading your article “House adjourns without deficit fix,” I am disgusted with the House and especially with Speaker of the House Mike Chenault for gaveling out the House without taking one ...

Alaska Editorial: Bill assists aviation

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: We'll be up in the air for another year. An aviation bill headed to President Barack Obama will favorably affect Alaska, its ...

Alaska Editorial: Legislature fails once again

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Throughout the regular, extended and special sessions of the Legislature this year, it was sometimes difficult to tell who ...

Monday, July 18, 2016

My Turn: Prayer for America

A few days ago we celebrated 240 years of American Independence. July 4, 1776 marked the United States', then 13 colonies, Declaration of Independence from Britain.

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Letter: We elected Walker to balance the budget, so let him do his job

We are lifelong Alaskans with many vested interests in our state, including children and grandchildren. We are grateful for Gov. Bill Walker's determination to set our state on a sustainable ...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Letter: Mixing apples and oranges

In Sherri Wes' recent Letter to the Editor, she wondered how Jesus would react to the Catholic Diocese of Juneau's inability to accept LGBTQ individuals.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Letter: Protection and respect for all

I applaud the leadership of Deputy Mayor Jessie Kiehl for putting forward an ordinance that would provide important protection for all residents of Juneau.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Letter: Here's an idea to bring in revenue

I returned to Juneau after three years of retirement to enjoy the Fourth of July activities and hear the latest political news.

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