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My Turn: 2013 broke records, 2014 won't

In 2013, the Southeast Alaska economy, which had been in an expansion phase for the previous five years, stopped growing. Both the population and the number of workers in the region grew by a mere 19 people, which is akin to no growth at all. Read more

My Turn: Child care shortage an economic development barrier

In Juneau, there are nearly 2,500 kids under age 6, but despite the fact that most parents in our town cannot afford to stay at home, there are only 519 licensed child care slots. Read more

This round is on me: A tribute to Joe on the 132nd anniversary of our town name

Tomorrow, Dec. 14, is Juneau's naming day, or more specifically the 132nd anniversary of the day Juneau became "Juneau." It is an unlikely story at best. Though the modern naming of our city happened in 1881, the area was well known prior to this time. Read more

Juneau's biggest economical problem is also its oldest

The number one economic development problem in our community is also our oldest problem. Read more

My Turn: Fix this problem - fund our Schools

There are 25 kids in my 5-year old's kindergarten class at Harborview, and the numbers are continuing to rise. There is just one teacher, and somehow my 5-year old is supposed to learn how to read, write, count and add. Read more

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