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Empire Editorial: The hidden truth behind the Legislature's extra days

Here's the real reason the Alaska Legislature is staying in session.
It's the weather.
It's storming in the Southwest, chilly in the Interior, overcast in Anchorage and rainy in Ketchikan. Juneau has been the garden spot of the 49th state of late.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More proof that production isn't a priority for Obama administration

This editorial was originally published in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on April 20: More evidence came out Friday that President Obama and his administration aren't big fans of oil and natural ...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Empire Editorial: Apathy trumps involvement yet again

Four people attended Thursday's public forum on the search to find Juneau's next superintendent. Half of those attendees, an Empire reporter and photographer, were paid to be there.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Empire Editorial: Gas pipeline should be an American effort, not just Alaskan

"Happiness is 10,000 Texans headed south with an Okie under each arm." If you lived in Alaska in 1977, you probably remember that bumper sticker.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Turn: Big city budget problems require big solutions

Recently, a proposal was released to address the $12 million to $16 million budget shortfall Juneau will face in the next few years.
By BILL HAGEVIG

My Turn: Let the people vote to end same-sex marriage ban

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These simple words, found in the Declaration of Independence, helped forge the ideals embedded in the United States Constitution - a constitution that ...
By Sen. HOLLIS FRENCH

Empire Editorial: Welcome to Juneau, Chuck

Charles "Chuck" Bill, an assistant administrator of physician development at Centura Health Physician Group in Durango, Colo., has been named the new CEO of Bartlett Regional Hospital and will ...

My Turn: Keep public court documents public

The Alaska Press Club Board has approved the following resolution against Alaska Senate Bill 108, "An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain records of criminal cases; and providing for an ...
By THE ALASKA PRESS CLUB BOARD

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Turn: Assembly must think differently to dodge pool closure

Juneau's city manager has proposed closing the downtown swimming pool to trim $250,000 from the fiscal year 2015 budget and $500,000 in FY16.
By STEVE BROCKMANN

Alaska Editorial: Too many laws

The folowing editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: This is an example of government overreach. Sitka's government has outlawed children in businesses that allow smoking, whether ...

Opinion: Measuring 'the road's' value without subsidies

Welcome back to the great road debate. This time, it's no longer about keeping the capital in Juneau. That issue has been dormant for more than a decade, leaving supporters of a road to Haines ...
By Rich Moniak

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Turn: Separation of Oil and State

Alaska is in a financial and leadership crisis. We are burning through our savings at the rate of $7 million per day, according to noted economist Professor Scott Goldsmith. That's over $2 billion ...
By BILL WALKER

Monday, April 14, 2014

My Turn: Celebrating volunteers

Volunteering is an important part of life in Juneau. Without volunteers our community would be a much different, more difficult place.
By MARIA E. UCHYTIL

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Turn: Why not the Permanent Fund?

Unlike other resource issues, Alaskans stand pretty much united in our efforts to monetize the huge gas reserves of Alaska's North Slope.
By FRANK MURKOWSKI

Letters to the Editor

Friday, April 18, 2014

Give Alaskans a good grievance law

The Legislature's counsel, Jean M. Mischel, put forth an opinion on March 12.

Alaskan girls need sex education

Teen pregnancy in Alaska has been a problem among 15 to 19-year-old girls. We rank No. 31 in the United States for teen pregnancy. In 2012, for girls between the ages of 15 and 17, there were 12.3 ...

Stop "The Road" from moving forward

Alaskans are being suckered into a wasteful spending project to build the road "out of Juneau." This week, the Alaska Legislature will choose whether to include $35 million to begin construction ...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Letter: Education needs to be bipartisan effort

When parents and students stand up to protect schools from a fourth year of teacher and staff cuts, we should applaud them. Gov. Sean Parnell was wrong to chide them for "scaring everybody.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Letter: Keep Juneau unique: Don't build the road

I was born in Juneau, where I intend to spend my life after finishing college in the Midwest. Juneau is unique, interesting and precious.

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