Kate Troll

My Turn: Local politics don't need to be so divisive

It's been awhile since I wrote a column. I decided to stop once I got to the pondering stage about whether or not to run again for the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly. Read more

My Turn: Is Murkowski's energy bill a monumental contribution?

At the end of 2015, Sen. Lisa Murkowski moved the first major energy bill since 2007 out of committee and onto the Senate floor by a rare bipartisan margin of 18-4. Read more

My Turn: The Rainy Day Parade keeps building

John Naisbitt, futurist and author of Megatrends, observed that in America's participatory democracy, "Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it. Read more

My Turn: Alaska and its Paris climate connection

Whether you approve of President Barack Obama's overall job performance or not, Obama is getting international kudos for the way he delivered on the recently negotiated Paris climate agreement. As ABC News reported on Dec. Read more

My Turn: Juneau's economy is stable, but tied to state's fiscal crisis

The Juneau Economic Development Council recently released its 2015 Economic Indicators report, showing that if it were not for the loss of government jobs, Juneau's economy would be growing. Read more

My Turn: Old associations: Hopeful developments on campaigns and guns

What common accomplishment do Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump share in this year's presidential race? Answer: Raising the profile of the small donor. Read more

My Turn: Pope Francis' trip delivers a dividend for all

As an Alaskan already spending my Permanent Fund Dividend check and as someone “wowed” by Pope Francis’ blunt talk on immigration, social justice... Read more

My Turn: Time to connect to the President's issue - climate change

President Barack Obama honored Alaskans by boldly and graciously choosing our state as a setting for the global stage of climate change. Read more

My Turn: President has the right spotlight on climate change

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska said last week that she hopes President Barack Obama does not merely use Alaska as a backdrop to talk about climate change and that the trip will highlight the development of the Arctic. Read more

My Turn: Murkowski's Planned Parenthood vote lets down women - again

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Is this what Alaska women who voted for Sen. Read more

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. Read more

My Turn: Worst session ever?

With budget gridlock and looming government shutdown in the news, Alaska's Senate Majority is acting more like the federal government it despises. It's been an exceedingly difficult legislative session with no budget resolution to show for it. Read more

My Turn: From sea to Soboleff Center, Juneau shines

Sen. Ted Stevens once said, "It was our fish that prompted our push for statehood, and long after the last drop of oil is sucked from the Earth; long after the last mineral is taken, our fish will sustain us. Read more

My Turn: Anger over education cuts are justified

Did you know that the Alaska Senate majority recently requested the media help them explain to disgruntled constituents why the deep cuts to... Read more

My Turn: Legislature should mirror Big Oil's reaction to low prices

Let's flashback to August 2014, when television screens were getting barraged by oil companies lobbying for Senate Bill 21, the oil tax regime proposed by former Gov. Sean Parnell. Read more

My Turn: Numbers that speak volumes

According to a January 2015 analysis by Oxfam, a globally recognized anti-poverty organization, "80 people hold the same amount of wealth as the world's 3.6 billion poorest people. Read more

My Turn: Keystone XL Pipeline deserves the President's scrutiny

Not all pipelines are the same; not all oil projects are good energy projects. Yet we tend to associate any North American oil project with greater energy security/stability and thousands of jobs. Read more

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