Thu, 01/19/2017 - 08:45

Letter: Being homeless should not be a criminal act

I find it shocking that our Assembly is considering an ordinance to make it illegal to be homeless. Read more

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 07:26

Letter: Wrong place for the whale

In my opinion, our city fathers exercised bad judgment in locating the whale sculpture where they did. It is hidden from view. Read more

Letter: The case for a public Bank of Alaska

Last October, the good folks in the Kenai Borough approved creation of two new pieces of paper called a bond for infrastructure projects. Read more

Letter: A state income tax is fair and equitable

The courage and integrity of our legislators will be tested. Last year they failed to step up to the plate. Our courageous governor had the fortitude to do so. The time has come for Alaskans and those who work here to pay for the services received. Read more

Letter: Stand up for health care

Gov. Bill Walker, I've always been a supporter of your hard-nosed approach to government. Hey, I would have liked an extra thousand bucks last October, but I appreciate functioning schools, hospitals and state troopers better. Can't win 'em all. Read more

Letter: Democracy demands an engaged public now more than ever

I want to thank Richard Stokes for his Jan. 6 Letter to the Editor ("The public - and the Empire - must be vigilant"). Read more

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 07:54

Letter: To support an effective US EPA

I am writing in opposition to the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency. I view the EPA as one of the most important agencies for public safety in the United States. Read more

Letter: Please don't repeal the ACA

My children deserve to live the healthiest life possible. My patients, my neighbors, my co-workers and people I don't even know - we all deserve a chance to live the healthiest life possible. Read more
Fri, 01/06/2017 - 08:10

Letter: Break wasteful idling habits

I read with dismay the excellent Jan. 3 article by Empire reporter James Brooks, “Beneath the waves or beneath the land, warming Alaska poses multiple threats.” Read more

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 07:55

Letter: The public - and the Empire - must be vigilant

Dear Editor, Because I am more worried about the future of our country than at any other time during my 77 years, I ask you and the Juneau Empire to step forward in the fight to protect our democracy. Read more

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 00:00

Letter: No ACA repeal without replacement

I am a college student on a tight income, and health insurance has been one of my family's biggest monthly costs. Read more

Letter: A plant-based food revolution

The coming New Year's resolution should be pretty obvious, particularly when it comes to diet: 2017 will go down in history as the year when plant-based meats have revolutionized the food industry. Read more

Letter: New Year's resolutions

In the coming new year, I'd like to humbly suggest that our elected officials resolve to work together and solve Alaska's fiscal crisis. Read more

Letter: Collective voice needed

When Bill Walker first ran for governor in 2010, I asked him why. He said he was tired of politicians talking about the gas pipeline and never pushing it forward. He would make it happen. And so he pushes. Read more

Letter: Common sense leadership on 'Road'

Dear Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Last week, you lifted a great weight from my shoulders when you selected the no-build alternative for the unnecessary and harmful "Juneau Access" road. I am both grateful and relieved. Read more

Letter: Not Walker's fault

Win Gruening's editorial in the Dec. 18 Juneau Empire was more about trying to smear Gov. Bill Walker than building the road. He wrote about how the anti-road people helped get Walker elected "… and he has paid them in full. Read more

Letter: $1M 'gift' to UA but not $50K for school children?

I am sure this will be but one of many comments you will get regarding the $1 million donation/gift/whatever you want to call it that the city gave to the university in an effort to keep teacher education here at the University of Alaska Southeast. Read more

Letter: Climate change and the incoming administration

I confess; I am terrified. Why? Because our next government is calling to "unleash the power of our energy resources" and "repeal job-killing environmental regulations." Yet human caused climate change is real. Read more
Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:01

Letter: In support of UAS School of Education

I write to express my appreciation for the leadership of Mayor Koelsch, the Assembly and City Manager Rorie Watt in their support of Univerity of Alaska Southeast and its school of education. Their intervention, along with the voices of Lt. Gov. Read more

Letter: No road to Juneau means more ferries for Southeast

The governor's budget proposal for next year contains numerous cuts, including a pay cut for the governor himself. The same day his budget was released, Gov. Read more

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