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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 ...

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thank you for toking (responsibly)

Today it will be 4:20 all day as Alaskans celebrate legalized recreational marijuana in the state. Some might consider this day a victory. Others will call it a milestone. A few will say it's a ...

My Turn: Governor Walker: Alaska has a place at the boardroom table

For the last four decades, Alaskans have waited to see their North Slope natural gas developed and brought both to Alaskan homes and global markets.

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

A Bishop's Perspective: Suicide is never a solution

Alaska has the highest suicide rate in the United States, and suicide has had a particularly devastating impact on rural and village Alaska, where so many young people, most of whom are Alaska ...

My Turn: Help first lady Donna Walker put the "unity" in community

Fortifying Alaska's families and building community are priorities of mine as I serve with great honor and deep gratitude as Alaska's first lady.

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Feb. 23

Thumbs up to happiness. Last week, the Gallup polling agency released the results of its 2014 well-being rankings, and Alaska was at the top - No. 1 in health and well-being across all 50 states.

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

Empire Editorial: Gravel dreams in West Douglas

In today's Empire, reporter Emily Miller has used 3,600 words to explain the latest effort by Goldbelt Inc. and the City and Borough of Juneau to develop the west side of Douglas into something ...

My Turn: Old school

Before I get going, I'd like to formally thank the Juneau Empire for the opportunity to write an occasional guest editorial. As a biochemistry major in college, it never crossed my mind that ...

My Turn: Please consume marijuana responsibly

Ballot Measure 2 will become effective Tuesday, and many Alaskans are wondering what will change on that date. The simple answer is: Everything, and not much at all.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

My Turn: Save the daylight for Southeast

As someone who rises very early every day, I enjoy dawn's early light much more than the later sunsets of spring and summer. But I know I'm in the minority, so I'm not in favor of doing away with ...
By Rich Moniak

Letters to the Editor

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight on being homeless

I've read in the newspaper a lot about homelessness recently. I find the people writing about folks never had to live in shelters or on the streets. I'd just like to set a few things straight here.

Letter to the Editor: Judicial Council and typos

I could not agree more with your editorial on the very bad idea of increasing the Alaska Judicial Council's membership. It has been the very model of equity and fairness, and never has there been ...

Letter to the Editor: Lawmakers have chance to combat sexual violence

In the past year I've seen legislative attacks on reproductive care travel through the Alaska House, Senate and eventually to the governor's desk.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Letter: Ban high-intensity headlights

I drive at night for a living. People who have any respect for their fellow drivers need to do away with their blue, high-intensity headlights. They are a danger to oncoming traffic.

Letter: Political games are bad for our health

"Nagging doubts" about trusting the federal government to maintain 100 percent coverage for the first five years of the Medicaid expansion (Alaska has already missed one year) and 90 percent from ...

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