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This editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News on Nov. 28:
Neither Alaska nor British Columbia succeed by harming the other's environment or economy.

My Turn: Alaskan shines with pride: The Capitol Christmas Tree

On Wednesday, all Alaskans can shine with pride at the lighting of the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.


My Turn: Walker's first year as governor a disappointment

Reflecting on Gov. Bill Walker's first year in office (today is his one-year anniversary), he has for the most part been a real breath of fresh air after recent administrations.


Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

My Turn: Tongass reform anniversary is cause for celebration

It has been 25 years since the Tongass Timber Reform Act (TTRA) was signed into law. This legislation became the most significant piece of conservation law signed by President George H. W. Bush.

Moniak: The evolutionary path to Frankenfish

Rep. Don Young, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan all responded to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of genetically engineered salmon with outrage and resignation.
By Rich Moniak

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Empire Readers' Council Editorial: Publishing of 'Reckless Endangerment' simply reckless

The editorial column "Reckless Endangerment" addressing the Syrian refugee situation which the Empire published last month, provoked a flood of comments from Juneau readers and residents - mostly ...

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Coffee on fish board menu

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: After years of arguments about fairness, access and influence, it may finally be that what it takes to get a Board of Fisheries ...

My Turn: Thank you, America

In the emotional and often heated debate regarding U.S. aid to Syrian refugees, it would be easy to forget America's leadership in welcoming and helping resettle refugees from around the world ...

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Little by little, reduced services highlight the state's serious budget problems

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: An unsettling notice arrived from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities just before 7 p.m. Thursday.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Welcome the Syrian refugees

"Lord, when did we see you a stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you? … And the king will answer, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers [and sisters] of ...

Empire Editorial: The cost of avoiding bad press

Alaska finds itself marred by its third major scandal in less than a decade.

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

My Turn: Unified effort in congress protects Alaska's seafood powerhouse

Alaska is our nation's seafood powerhouse.

Alaska Editorial: Body-worn cameras can help interactions between police, citizens

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily-News Miner Earlier this week, Fairbanks City Mayor John Eberhart and Police Chief Randall Aragon gave an update on their pilot body ...

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

My Turn: Not knowing is a freedom we can no longer afford

Syrian refugees aren't wanted here. That's the message from more than 30 governors who all claim it's their first duty to ensure the safety of their citizens.
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Risk of Syrian refugees is unacceptably high

While I am the chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, the views I am expressing are my own.

Empire Editorial: Salmon horror story

You sit back in your cinema seat and grab your popcorn. The lights go down and the show begins. A giant wooden door appears on the screen and slowly creaks open to reveal a figure of horror - the ...

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

My Turn: Let mercy and hope triumph

Our snowfall this week has Juneau looking a bit more like Christmas. In light of some of the headlines recently, it would do us good to think more about the reason we celebrate that holiday.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Empire Editorial: Alaska's prison system is killing Alaskans

Joseph Murphy was having a bad morning. On Aug. 14, he woke up in jail. The night before, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

My Turn: Apprenticeships more important than ever

Gov. Bill Walker recently signed Administrative Order 278 to expand use of registered apprenticeships on state construction and resource development projects on state lands.

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Letter: Important LNG considerations

Many thanks to the Juneau Empire for reporter Sam DeGrave's informative and timely Nov. 1 article "Bringing LNG to the CBJ." If this were 1915 instead of 2015 I might say 'Hooray' for a cleaner ...

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Letter: If one group must register, we should all register

If the time ever comes when the U.S.

Letter: Statements on taking in refugees worthy of nation's wall of shame

I can no longer remain silent about the fear and, in some cases bigotry, being propagated by prominent Alaska and national political leaders against admitting Syrian refugees into our country.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Letter: Protect the disabled with better laws

Protecting the disabled does not come naturally to a society; it takes laws. The Alaska Legislature must give the rights (laws) to the disabled that was promised and correct the mistakes of the ...

Letter: Revitalize Juneau for youth to flourish

With three murders in less than 30 days in a town of just over 32,000 people, and six heroin overdose deaths since February (not to mention the disheartening numbers on heroin and meth addicts), I ...

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