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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down (Sept. 22)

Thumbs up to everyone who participated in the Juneau municipal candidate forum last week. More than 70 people showed up to hear candidates for the CBJ Assembly and school board share their views on the issues.

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Empire Editorial: With new plan for The Road, history shows a lawsuit will follow

The Alaska Department of Transportation last week released the latest report on what those in Juneau know simply as "The Road," a planned 50-mile stretch of highway between Echo Cove and the ...

My Turn: Begich Negative Ads Divide and Defame Alaskans

As an undergrad at Michigan State University, every day I passed by a quote by Edmund Burke on my dorm's entrance wall: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do ...
By KEN KOELSCH

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Empire Editorial: Winter in Juneau is arts heaven

The sun is waning and the temperatures are dropping. The leaves are changing, and Eaglecrest lift tickets are on sale. These are signs that winter and the arts season are approaching. We have a ...

My Turn: Support for Hamrick as coach and educator

I am writing this letter to show my support for Kevin Hamrick as an educator and coach of youth. I am also asking that the Empire withdraw its call for him to resign as football coach.
By KURT S. DZINICH JR.

My Turn: The 'do nothing' style of Parnell's leadership

Gov. Sean Parnell was uncharacteristically quiet when the state announced the huge health insurance rate increases on individual plans offered under Obamacare. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said "many ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Sen. Begich serves with distinction

In Monday's Juneau Empire, Paulette Simpson penned a nasty-gram taking on Sen.
By KIMBERLY METCALFE

My Turn: Alaska's Women: Pioneers of the past and present

Alaska has the image of being a man's land. We have big fish, big bears and big dog sled races.
By SEN. LESIL McGUIRE

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

My Turn: Juneau's tennis tragedy

Besides the tragedy of the downtown swimming pool, Juneau has a tennis tragedy. One of only three indoor courts in Juneau is being shut down by the Juneau Racquet Club. Swimmers and tennis players ...
By PAGE BRIDGES

Empire Editorial: Be smart with your PFD - don't just spend, save

Amid much anticipation Wednesday, Gov. Sean Parnell announced this year's Permanent Fund Dividend amount to be $1,884. Sure, we'll take it. As will roughly 641,489 fellow Alaskans when checks are ...

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

My Turn: Walker's statements threaten gasline progress, jobs

We've had a run of great news on the natural gas front in Alaska.
By GOV. SEAN PARNELL

My Turn: Sullivan shouldn't ask for votes without offering answers

One of the most valuable lessons I learned growing up in Alaska is that getting results isn't done with Republican ideas or Democratic ideas, it's done with Alaska ideas.
By Sen. MARK BEGICH

My Turn: Walk in the shoes of a minimum wage worker

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today. Minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I ...
By ROGER SMITH

Alaska Editorial: Report on Alaska National Guard shocks, disappoints

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "I am extremely frustrated and I am angry that it has taken this long to get to the bottom of these issues.

My Turn: Governor fails to meet his own principles on 'Choose Respect'

More than four years ago, Alaska National Guard chaplains went directly to Gov. Sean Parnell to describe a culture of abuse and substantial deficiencies in the Guard chain of command.
By SENS. HOLLIS FRENCH AND BERTA GARDNER

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Gladziszewski dedicated, pragmatic and the right choice for Assembly

I write to urge you to join me in electing Maria Gladziszewski to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly on Oct. 7.

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Letter: Message to teens: 'Legal' means 'safe'

The message to teens as states legalize marijuana is that "legal" means "safe." Those pushing legalization will continue to argue that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Letter: Begich served proudly as mayor and now as senator

It's come to my attention that attacks about Sen. Mark Begich's record as Anchorage's mayor are running in ads across the state. I'm writing to set the record straight and share my personal ...

Letter: Constitution - Smon-stitution: Who Cares?

Old hat. Dead in the water. We have moved on. Oh, really? Would you believe that Constitution Day (old label: "Citizenship Day") is an American federal observance that celebrates the adoption of ...

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Letters: Win-win scenarios 'still not out of style'

Over the years I've felt it was appropriate to write the Juneau Empire regarding issues that needed more widespread recognition or attention than I could give on my own. This is one such instance.

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