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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Dec. 22, 2014

In this special Christmas-week edition of Thumbs, we're going with all positive news. Enjoy and have a happy holiday!
Thumbs up to Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and his program to get laptops in the hands of Alaskans in foster homes.

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

My Turn: Let us make room in our hearts

Among the many joyful customs associated with Christmas in our own country and around the world, I'm thinking this Christmas of Las Posadas.
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

Empire Editorial: New school PE rules deserve a workout

Physical education guidelines for students in the Juneau School District may soon be changing, and we see this change as a harbringer of benefits for students at the high school level.

My Turn: Celebrating Juneau's sense of community

"A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives.
By Kate Troll

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Empire Editorial: Road Without End

The Road is dead. Long live the Road. During his campaign, Gov. Bill Walker said he would look at every large project as a potential place to cut state spending. Then oil prices crashed, and ...

My Turn: Forested communities must be made whole

For all of the progress we made at the end of the 113th Congress, most notably on public lands issues in Alaska, the Senate's inability to fund even a short-term extension of the Secure Rural ...
By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Competing religions at Christmas

"Happy Holidays from your friends at Alaska Journal of Commerce" reads the subject line of an email I received last week.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Empire Editorial: Doing less with fewer

Doing more with less isn't always an option. City employees know this and the public, if they haven't already learned it, will soon.

My Turn: At ACS, new focus brings opportunity

I once heard it said, "If you're not moving forward, then you're falling behind." Those words aptly describe the motivations behind Alaska Communications' decision earlier this month to move its ...
By MARGIE BROWN

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Empire Editorial: What is the cost of beauty?

How much would you pay to see the Grand Canyon? Would you pay $5 to see Niagra Falls in person? In our backyard is Mendenhall Glacier, one of the world's marvels. If it doesn't appear marvelous, ...

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Empire Editorial: Defend the Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard rescues Alaskans. Now, it's the one that may need rescuing. On Nov. 25, 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act, creating the largest reorganization of ...

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Dec. 15, 2014

Thumbs down to need and want. In Sunday's Juneau Empire, we exposed the problems facing St. Vincent De Paul's Christmas family adoption program. We've heard previously that Juneau's food banks ...

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

My Turn: An Advent morning

Nov. 30 is my birthday, and this year, like the year I was born, it was both the first Sunday of Advent and the season's first snowfall. Although I usually go to evening Mass at St.
By JIM HALE

Empire Editorial: Whatever you do, don't panic

In the pages of Douglas Adams' "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a description of the fictional electronic encyclopedia that gives the book its name.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

My Turn: Bristol Bay salmon are in the spotlight, and rightly so

First, we learned that Americans love to eat salmon more than ever, with most of the wild catch coming from Alaska.
By JOE FAITH

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Letter: Ambler road study one piece of the puzzle

As the National Park Service's Kyle Joly pointed out in a story on the proposed Ambler road ("Little impact on Ambler road caribou" - published Dec.

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Letter: UA System 2014 annual financial report

FY2014 was another good year of financial stability, research strength and academic progress for the University of Alaska System.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Letter: Capital Transit doesn't count seconds

I have been a bus driver for over 10 years.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Letter: Gratitude for finding our son

As parents, how do you adequately convey the measure of your gratitude to those who helped bring your son to safety? I guess we will have to simply start by saying "thank you.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Letter: Don't fall for it

Over the coming weeks and months, many of you in communities across the state will encounter individuals collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that seeks to ban setnet fishing for salmon ...

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