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Empire Editorial: Bars in our wake

You know times are bad when even the bars are closing.
This week, the Alaska Marine Highway announced it will close the bars aboard the ferries Kennicott, Malaspina, Matanuska, Tustumena, Taku and Columbia as a cost-cutting measure.

My Turn: Blaming oil tax for deficit is wrong

Our budget deficit today is a result of low oil prices, low oil production and overspending - not oil tax reform.

by JIM JANSEN

Retraction

A letter published in the Thursday, Jan. 29 edition of the Juneau Empire titled "Gillnetting on the rivers" is being retracted due to a regrettable error where the wrong author was attributed.

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Empire Editorial: Climate change - it's 'a thing'

Climate change and whether or not it's real comes down to wording, apparently. Last week, U.S. senators voted on an amendment during a debate on the Keystone Pipeline and, in doing so, found ...

My Turn: Since time immemorial

We owe a debt of gratitude to the people who helped Sealaska secure its final land entitlement last month. It was a victory for Sealaska, but the process, which took 10 years, was grueling, costly ...
By ROSITA KAA HáNI WORL

My Turn: Walker's appointment may district from agenda

Gov. Bill Walker called me Jan. 21 and said I would not be reappointed to the Board of Fisheries. I am OK with that decision, as it is the governor's prerogative to put his own people on Alaska's ...
By KARL JOHNSTONE

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Empire Editorial: Obama 'declares war' on Alaska

On Sunday, President Obama declared war on Alaska. So say Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan. In a statement released on the first day of the week, the president announced that he plans to ...

My Turn: SB21 is broken

I was never in favor of SB21, but now it's a reality and we need to find ways to keep SB21 from bankrupting the state. We may not have increased oil production and its expenses now exceed its ...
By TIM TILSWORTH

My Turn: Time to empower and employ the next generation of Alaska fishermen

Alaska has one of the most productive commercial fishing economies on the planet. More than 5 billion pounds of seafood were pulled from the waters surrounding Alaska in 2012. This world-class ...
By RACHEL DONKERSLOOT

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Empire Editorial: An ounce of prevention

The 29th Alaska Legislature has the opportunity to right a serious wrong, something the Legislature before it failed to do.

My Turn: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, politics or science?

Bill Walker and Byron Mallott ran on a unity ticket. They argued that it's high time to quit letting major political parties fragment our statewide community as each battles to dominate the others.
By STEPHEN F. STRINGHAM

My Turn: Fix the budget, but not at the expense of long-term prosperity

As falling global oil prices mean less revenue in Alaska, our elected leaders need to make sound budgetary decisions that solve the short-term problem without forgoing investments essential to the ...
By RON HYDE

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

My Turn: Transparency for Juneau Access

Gov. Bill Walker so far has delivered on a campaign promise to bring transparency back to the executive branch. It's refreshing after experiencing three Alaska governors who preferred keeping the ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: A 'Housing First' step

Most people agree that homelessness in our town is a serious problem, but few know what to do to improve the situation.
By BRUCE DENTON

My Turn: The case for big projects

President Obama's former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel famously said, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste.
By WIN GRUENING

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Empire Editorial: Cut Prince Rupert

The Gordian Knot is one of the many legends surrounding Alexander the Great. It's a story a lot like the Sword in the Stone.

My Turn: Protecting salmon in a changing climate

The National Weather Service reports that 2014 was Alaska's warmest year on record. Even with record-breaking temperatures occurring all across the state, I see climate change getting framed as an ...
By SUE MAUGER

My Turn: Timeless tale about a very current issue

Last Friday was opening night for Juneau's new play, "A Lifetime to Master." Those who went to see it at McPhetre's Hall walked in from the street, but none knew where to go from there. There was ...
By JOSH ADAMS

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

My Turn: The other side of JDHS

Over the past year, there has been a considerable amount of press about Juneau-Douglas High School, much of which has been negative.
By ABIGAIL TAYLOR-ROTH

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Where's the affordable housing?

Is it just me or does everyone just think different? I'm not one to point fingers and blame society for my problems, but I gotta point my finger to society when it comes to affordable housing.

Letter: Revenue for the state

Years ago, when the big oil money began rolling in a lovely tide, both the state sales tax and income tax were eliminated. Now we are becoming inundated with the tide of financial deficits.

Letter: A prayer for the Legislature

Dear Lord, I pray for the leaders of Your great state of Alaska. I pray for all of them and their marriages and families to be blessed and protected.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Letter: Reflecting on 'A Lifetime to Master'

"A Lifetime to Master" at McPhetres Hall is a masterful presentation of an issue about homelessness that affects each of us in some way in our community.

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