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Empire Editorial: Don't sacrifice tomorrow for tonight

This weekend hundreds of Juneau high school graduates will have much to celebrate. We're sure they will in a variety of ways, and in all likelihood alcohol will be involved in at least a few instances.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Murkowski on Arctic ignorance: Let it go!

The United States assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council last month in an international event held in Canada and attended by leaders from around the world. Unfortunately, it seems like this barely registered to most Americans.

by Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Smaller PFD check is a nudge in the right direction

Should the Legislature vote to tap into the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve to end the budget stalemate? That's what The Empire recommended on Tuesday in an editorial.

by Rich Moniak

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Turn: $1.5 million means much in quest to defeat domestic violence

What does the $1.5 million taken from our budget mean to Alaska's sexual assault and domestic violence prevention work? When Gov. Bill Walker called the Alaska Legislature back into session, the $1.
By LAUREE MORTON

Empire Editorial: Unacceptable.

Holding a special session in Anchorage to finish Alaska's operating budget is unacceptable. One hundred and two years ago, the first Alaska Legislature met in Juneau. When its members convened on ...

My Turn: Will rise of nonreligious reshape US politics?

Don't expect any official "Atheists for Hillary" outreach, but political progressives are cheered by a study showing a rise in the number of nonreligious Americans.
By ALBERT HUNT

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Empire Editorial: Lawmakers must use the Permanent Fund earnings reserve to solve budget impasse

Now, it's personal. On Monday morning, state employees received an unpleasant message from Gov. Bill Walker. If the Legislature can't come to an agreement on a budget by July 1, the state will lay ...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for May 18, 2015

Thumbs up to a good opening. Judged by nothing else than its length, Friday's ceremony to dedicate the Walter Soboleff Building was an event to remember. Of course, it went beyond that.

My Turn: Kenai River Sport Fishing Association wields a big stick

The recent shenanigans of Kenai River Sport Fishing Association (KRSA) against local and well-respected Kenai Peninsula Borough resident Robert Ruffner were a classic demonstration of political ...
By KEN TARBOX

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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 ...
By Kate Troll

My Turn: SB 21 raiding Alaska's savings

There's a positive business environment, and then there's giving away the store. Alaska's financial crisis has more to do with the giveaways sprinkled throughout SB 21 than low oil prices.
By CARL BENSON

Empire Editorial: Zoning codes favor dogs and dead over children

An article published earlier this month, "Daycare: Juneau's new crisis," left us scratching our heads.

Friday, May 15, 2015

My Turn: Who speaks for the trees?

Criticism, skepticism and protest are unfriendly words. Litigation is their more contentious cousin.
By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Location doesn't matter when lives are at stake

Some legislators are in Fairbanks. Others are in Anchorage. A handful are in Juneau. It's hard to negotiate when no one is in the room. The first Alaska Legislature knew this.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Empire to dial down reporting on school calls

Yesterday we found ourselves at the Empire dealing with a unique conundrum. Subsequently, this quandary led us to make a rare decision: to no longer report on something that we feel is of keen ...

Empire Editorial: AMHS makes the best of a bad situation

In the Lower 48, travelers have traffic jams and road closures to gripe and curse about. In Southeast, we have changes to the ferry schedule.

My Turn: Home runs: Celebrating Southeast Alaska's salmon forests

Today is bottom-painting day in our household. Our power troller is out of the water and my partner Eric just left the house with a cup of coffee and his painter's cap on. Like many towns around ...
By MALENA MARVIN

My Turn: Something's fishy, but it's not at Costco

Last week, just as I was searching for a new subject to write about in my bi-weekly column, something was served up on a platter. Literally.
By WIN GRUENING

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Turn: Alaska can shape the global Arctic agenda

Foreign ministers from eight Arctic nations recently gathered in the village of Iqaluit as Canada wrapped up its two-year stint as chair of the Arctic Council and handed the reins of the to U.S. ...
By MARGARET WILLIAMS

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

For schools, cities can't do it alone

Juneau and Fairbanks are among the municipalities that have voted to increase education funding in light of the gap created by the state legislature. Cities and boroughs can't do it alone, however.

Monday, May 18, 2015

End homophobia in high school sports

As a recent graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, there are very few things I will remember as well as my participation on the sports teams.

We should not welcome Planned Parenthood

Reference is made to Kristen Cox's May 5 letter objecting to SB 89 and defending Planned Parenthood's (PP) presence in our schools teaching sex education (aka reproductive health).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ship of state is in trouble

About Alaska Medicaid expansion and majority legislators, their resistance is not really about a "broken system." And it wouldn't matter if expansion saved a billion dollars.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Letter: Cutting education funds will hurt our children

Children who are given a substandard education will struggle in life, threatening the future for all of us. It means more drop outs, more drug addicts and a less educated citizenry.

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