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Empire Editorial: Lynching by Facebook

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
So said Cardinal Richelieu, the de facto ruler of France in the early 17th century.

My Turn: Alaska cannot afford to miss this opportunity

Last week, the Canadian prime minister acknowledged that his country was in an open, global competition to develop liquefied natural gas projects and urged that steps be taken to make Canadian projects more attractive to the world marketplace.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

My Turn: Alaskan can safely exit the Arctic oil rapids

Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two-part submission. The first part was published Tuesday.

Empire Editorial: Working class cuts call for working class testimony

There's a lot to trim from the State of Alaska's budget, but not everyone agrees what to cut or how much to cut. On Tuesday, public testimony was heard by members of the House Finance Committee.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

My Turn: Negotiating the rapids of Arctic, Alaska oil and natural gas reserves

Three major events occurring between 2006 and 2008 depict the increasing interest for access and control of oil /natural gas resources in the Arctic and its major passages.

Empire Editorial: Good work, JPD

Last week, the Alaska State Troopers released a surprising fact.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for March 3, 2015

Thumbs up to endurance. On Saturday afternoon, Scott Faeo and Eric Quam rode their snowmachines across the Iron Dog finish line in Fairbanks, ending a grueling 2,000-mile competition that earned ...

My Turn: Cheer 'Out Loud' for poetry

In the second week of March, Juneau once again will welcome young Alaskans from across the Last Frontier to the capital city for the statewide finals of Poetry Out Loud.
By Ben Brown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Turn: Medicaid expansion is the right choice

Gov. Bill Walker, like other Republican and Democratic governors who have hopped on board, is right that accepting Medicaid expansion will save Alaska money and cut our budget deficit.

Empire Editorial: $1 per tank would buy a working ferry system

On Friday, the Alaska House Finance subcommittee on the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities finalized its adjustments to Gov. Bill Walker's proposed transportation budget. The ...

My Turn: Minister Bennett's words carry little weight for Alaskans

A recent editorial in the Juneau Empire by British Columbia Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett is a slap in the face to we Alaskans who derive our livelihoods from healthy fisheries.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Empire Editorial: The price of a windfall

Saving $3.25 billion can be a bad thing. A few years ago, Dish Network - the satellite TV provider - bid $7.8 billion for the rights to bits of the wireless spectrum.

My Turn: The folly of Chenault's federal land grab

If House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has his way, the Tongass National Forest and another 150 million acres of federally owned land will soon become state of Alaska property.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

My Turn: Sealaska receives new ANCSA land

In the final days of 2014, Congress passed legislation that moved the U.S. government closer to fulfilling its promise to return Native lands to Sealaska shareholders.

My Turn: A unique approach to housing pioneers

Gov. Bill Walker has bravely announced huge cuts in the operating and capital budgets. These cuts will impinge upon my favorite programs. Just like you, I'm one of those much maligned "special ...

Empire Editorial: Secondhand smoke is a threat statewide

There's been a lot of talk lately about marijuana. We'd like to talk to you about tobacco instead. We know: It's not as sexy a topic, but it's even more important. Each year, 40,000 Americans die ...

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Empire Editorial: Dumplings, climate change and the price of a ski pass

The other day, we overheard two men talking about the world's situation over lunch at a downtown restaurant. One man was complaining to the other about Russia's actions in Ukraine, comparing them ...

Letters to the Editor

Outside influences are trying to affect Medicaid expansion

Alaskans have always cared about one another and have always been generous when others need help. Whether it is an earthquake, a flood, or a crippling blizzard, Alaskans help each other out.

Childcare 'crisis' hits close to home, but with silver lining

It was never my intention to be a stay-at-home-mom. I have a master's degree that I still have every intention of making use of.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Setnet ban isn't about greed

Alaskans need to know that the movement to ban set sets in the five urban, non-subsistence, areas of Alaska is based entirely on conservation of resources and the best interests of Alaska as a ...

Juneau will only gain from Medicaid expansion

Juneau has much to gain from Gov. Bill Walker's proposed expansion of Medicaid.

End rapists' parental rights

A well-known, and embarrassing statistic that all Alaskans should feel some sense of shame about is living in the state that has the highest per-capita rape rates in the nation.

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