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Empire Editorial: Draft women

If a woman can be president, she should be eligible for the draft, too.
Last week, the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 32-30 on an amendment that would mandate women to register for the military draft.

My Turn: In response to Rifkind on the KSM Project

I wish to take this opportunity to correct the record regarding several inaccurate and misleading statements that were contained within the April 29 Juneau Empire My Turn penned by Lewis...
by BRENT MURPHY

My Turn: Solar power investments don't pay off

Ivanpah is a 640,000 megawatt-hour solar farm in California that received $1.5 billion in taxpayer-funded federal loans.

by RANDY T. SIMMONS and JOSH SMITH

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Turn: The issues this legislative session

Four major themes define what must get done in the Legislature this year. They are fiscal, Medicaid, criminal justice, and oil and gas tax credit reform.
By REP. CATHY MUÑOZ

Alaska Editorial: No free lunches

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: During the mid-1900s, Texas lobbyists kept their state legislators in line with the "Three Bs" - bourbon, beefsteak and blondes.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

My Turn: Kim Metcalfe should be praised, not harassed

I must confess to not being particularly involved in the current national election cycle.
By LEO HELMAR

My Turn: General aviation connects Alaska

In Alaska we have a saying: "Fly an hour or walk a week." For us, this has real meaning. There are literally hundreds of communities in Alaska that cannot be accessed by the limited road system ...
By ROB STAPLETON

Monday, May 2, 2016

My Turn: Rep. Reinbold's budget analysis omits critical information

Rep. Laura Reinbold, R-Eagle River, recently wrote an editorial taking on her colleagues in the Legislature for not cutting the budget enough.
By PAUL FUHS

My Turn: Day care for drug addicts

I want to start by saying that I am writing this letter from Lemon Creek Correctional Center. I am serving time for a non-violent theft offense that occurred in 2009. Originally, almost my entire ...
By MICHAEL STARR

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Empire Editorial: One team makes more sense than two

One of the promises made by supporters of building a new high school were more opportunities for Juneau's students to become engaged through sports and activities. In recent years, those promises ...

My Turn: SB 154 a win for the art community

The past few weeks have seen some exciting and noteworthy news in the world of Alaskan arts.
By Ben Brown

My Turn: When government is broken we all are

If you believe Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, "little progress has been made on real cost reductions" to the state's operating budget. She thinks there's another $1 billion in cuts that should ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: 'Road to nowhere' to cost $3M

On April 12, I attended a City and Borough of Juneau Planning Commission meeting during which the construction of a 2.4-mile "pioneer road" on West Douglas Island was approved.
By PHILLIP GRAY

Friday, April 29, 2016

Letter from the editor: What bringing you 'more' really means

For almost two weeks now the Empire has published ads promising readers "more" starting May 1, with the words "Juneau Empire + USA TODAY" printed at the bottom. Now it's time to explain what those ...
By CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND

My Turn: Death and taxes

"Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes." — Benjamin Franklin, 1789
By WIN GRUENING

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Keep ideas flowing

This isn't the time to shoot down economic development ideas. Alaska has a $4 billion deficit.

My Turn: The journey through grief

It is amazing how circumstances in life touch you, form you and change your future. As I grew up, I really didn't understand about loss and grief. My goldfish died and I had a little burial in the ...
By VIRGINIA PALMER

My Turn: HB 379 is a quick non-fix

It's a rare thing done well at the last minute. House Bill 379 is not that rare thing. after listening to two days’ worth of testimony in the House Finance Committee, it’s still not clear what ...
By Charles Ward

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Letter: Swan song

Often have I sat in the audience and enjoyed the chorus's singing with the Juneau Symphony Orchestra. The most recent concert was reviewed by Tierra Colberg, who had done just that.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Letter: Just looking out for mom

As the son of a Juneau senior citizen who is in her late 70s, I would like to point out some recent events that have had a negative impact on my mother's financial situation and her ability to ...

Letter: Marijuana consumption in stores

I'm dismayed the Marijuana Control Board is considering not one, but several proposals by marijuana lobbyists to allow consumption in retail marijuana stores. (Juneau Empire, April 27, "Board ...

Letter: HB 156

As a classroom teacher in public schools, I'm concerned about the rights of my students' parents. I am fortunate to work at two schools with fabulous parent volunteers who work diligently to help ...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Letter: Concerned about HB 156

The League of Women Voters of Alaska is concerned about current requirements in education bill HB 156 regarding the important topic of sex education.

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