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Editorials

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

We must fix the criminal justice system

The following editorial appeared in the Detroit Free Press on Friday, Aug. 29: Weeks of protests in Ferguson, Mo., started because of a police officer killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Sometimes children are people who kill

Some people die in freak accidents that are impossible to predict. Charles Vacca isn't necessarily one of them. Vacca was the Arizona shooting-range instructor killed this week by a 9-year-old ...
By FRANCIS WILKINSON

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014

Empire Editorial: When it comes to police weaponry, use logic - not emotion

Blame the monkeys. Millions of years ago, when humans' distant ancestors lived in African trees, they evolved a sense of fear.

Column: Closing the pool is a desperate answer to CBJ budget woes

It wasn't that long ago the Juneau residents debated on the value of building a second community pool in the valley. Now we'll be facing a new controversy - what to do with the downtown August ...
By Rich Moniak

Reflecting on a just wage this Labor Day weekend

On a recent conference call with all the priests of the Diocese of Juneau, we were discussing the need to readjust the salaries of the priests depending on where in Southeast Alaska they are ...
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

Friday, Aug 29, 2014

My Turn: Presidential giveaway is outrageous

When news of the Board of Regents' decision to give away $320,000 to the president of the University of Alaska was published, I recall vividly my immediate anger at the injustice of their decision.
By HUGH R. HAYS

Empire Editorial: Waking up from Alaska's aerospace dream

When your head is in the clouds, it's easy to lose track of your feet. On Monday, the 17th rocket since 1998 lifted off from the state-owned Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island. Four seconds ...

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Empire Editorial: Protect Alaska seafood by banning Russian imports

There's a cold war brewing in your freezer. On Aug. 7, in retaliation for American sanctions, Russia banned the importation of most foreign food products. Russia imports salmon roe and smolt, ...

My Turn: Board of Regents made independent decision on president's retention incentive

I'd like to share with readers the University of Alaska Board of Regents' thinking behind our decision to offer President Pat Gamble a new contract that contains a retention incentive.
By PAT JACOBSON

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

My Turn: It's your state, Alaskans. Protect it.

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to live in Alaska. In the few months that I have lived here, I have stood on top of mountains and dipped my hands in the Yukon River.
By KATRINA VAN KESSEL

My Turn: Ballot Measure 2 strikes the right balance for rural Alaska

I grew up in rural Alaska, surrounded by drugs and alcohol. I didn't come from a troubled home or a broken community. Still, growing up in Eagle and Cordova, I encountered drugs and alcohol like ...
By FORREST DUNBAR

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

My Turn: After the decision on Prop 1, Alaskans are in a win-win situation

Congratulations to the "No" campaign on their hard-fought victory. Fifty-two percent of Alaskans have chosen to keep Senate Bill 21 in place. Now all we need to do is work together to ensure that ...
By TJ PRESELY and NICK MOE

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

My Turn: Alaska turns to young growth forests

Management of the old-growth forests of the Tongass National Forest has been the source of substantial controversy both in Alaska and nationally for decades.
By ROBERT BONNIE

My Turn: Fall - the season for back-to-school, new beginnings and heathcare opportunities

As fall approaches, many parents are preparing their children to return to school. Returning to school is the perfect opportunity to consider using your Marketplace insurance to ensure your ...
By SUSAN JOHNSON

Letters to the Editor

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Alaskans deserve better, vote Walker and Fleener

I believe Alaska needs a governor with the capability to make things happen, someone who will work tirelessly to boost our fiscal security. We need someone with the background and expertise to ...

For their stance on education, I am for Mallot and French

I am sorry that I am not in Alaska to stand with Byron Mallott and Hollis French. Alaska's future depends on the strong leadership of this team. Their commitment to high-quality education and ...

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Dan Sullivan doesn't respect privacy

This election cycle is upsetting for me. As an Alaskan woman who votes, I'm fed up with politicians who say they want "small government" but propose intrusive regulations about women's health.
By LAURA HERMAN

Letter to the Editor: Please vote no on Ballot Measure 2

When Ballot Measure 2 (the Act to Tax and Regulate the Production, Sale and Use of Marijuana) got enough signatures and was certified to be on the ballot, I think it is safe to say that many ...

Letter to the Editor: Bad assumptions make bad decisions on timber

The Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment recently offered an opinion that the timber industry in Southeast Alaska should accept a forced transition to a ...
By OWEN GRAHAM

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