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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for April 27, 2015

Thumbs up to disclosure. On Friday afternoon, the state of Alaska finally released more than 4,000 pages of emails covering the National Guard sexual assault scandal.

Speak up for safety in honor of Workers' Memorial Day

On April 28, we remember those workers who said goodbye to their families, went off to work and never returned home. April 28 is internationally known as Workers' Memorial Day.

by GEOFFREY BACON

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Guest Editorial: Going 'smoke free' at UAS will take more than a few campus signs

The following editorial was written by students in Rosemarie Alexander's journalism class at the University of Alaska Southeast: The University of Alaska Southeast campus goes tobacco free on July 1.

Empire Editorial: When is it time to talk 'revenue'?

The prospect of the state of Alaska generating more revenue during these budget-bewildering times is a warming thought to Alaskans.

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Turn: The brokenness of Alaska's legislative priorities

It's broken. That's the most commonly stated objection by opponents of Medicaid expansion.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Empire Editorial: Good to give

As governments cut back their grant-giving, who's keeping nonprofits afloat? Businesses and private donors. For that, everyone should give a tip of the hat. "The grants are drying up at a rapid ...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Turn: Can two gasline plans coexist?

Gov. Bill Walker, with the best of intentions, has proposed up-sizing the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project (ASAP) as leverage for prospective negotiations with producers in the Alaska Liquefied ...

My Turn: Winter lacks a money-back guarantee

Recent news from Juneau's city-owned ski area tells us that season pass holders will not be gifted a refund on their mostly unused 2014-2015 ski passes.

Alaska Editorial: The little cog

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: A piece of equipment at the Klawock Airport serves as a small reminder of an important function of government.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cutting activities from school budgets is shortsighted

The recommendation of the Juneau School District superintendent to cut the district's activities budget is disappointing, although I certainly understand his dilemma of increasing demands with a ...
By JEEP RICE

The story behind the return of the wood bison

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's reintroduction of wood bison to the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area has made the news lately.
By SAM COTTEN

Thumbs up, thumbs down for April 20, 2015

Thumbs up and down to the Alaska Legislature. The Legislature didn't finish its work by Sunday, the final regular day of the first session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Turn: Intelligent conversations

One of the unwritten goals that every school district has for its students is that they will be more intelligent when they leave than when they arrive. F.
By MARK MILLER

Empire Editorial: Can Juneau still afford all its schools?

In 2008 when Thunder Mountain High School opened its doors to students, many in Juneau questioned if the city needed two high schools. Today, we wonder not IF Juneau needs two high schools but HOW ...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Empire Editorial: Lawmakers want one more big meal before tightening belts

A group of lawmakers are looking to gorge themselves one more time before notching new holes and tightening their belts. Instead, we recommend a no-spending diet. If that's what is good for the ...

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alaskans need to stop sexual assaults

I am an Alaska Native, Republican constituent from Alaska and have been with my party my whole adult life. I am disappointed that my party has not adopted Erin's Law. I thought we were going to ...

Leadership takes actions, not just words

Effective, respected leadership is more than words. It involves deeds. Alaska's representatives and senators mourn their disappointment in not being able to honor negotiated pay increases for ...

Keep Alaska's harbors clean and safe

Did you know that the Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of raw sewage from a vessel within 3 nautical miles of the U.S.

Montgomery Burns strikes again!

Wasn't it great when Mr. Burns gave all that money to the Juneau Community Foundation? How do you think that kind of money is amassed in such a small town? That is why I finally moved away. Alaska ...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Facts, not panic, should drive marijuana regulation

Alaska's politicos and various, allied morality police betray a prevailing public trust: They presently sabotage the voters' intent to decriminalize production and use of marijuana.

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