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Empire Editorial: Don't be fooled by claims of a 'threat' from Russia

Today is April Fool's Day, and alongside Google's Pac-Man map, headlines from "The Onion" and the pranks on Facebook, you might run across a few true headlines. Some of those might even be about Russia.
Russia's been in the news a lot.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Setting aside donations for nonprofits and children is good use of dividend

Time is drawing near to file an application for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend - the deadline to do so is today.

My Turn: Alaska LNG project

We want to work with our new governor to progress this great state forward, especially knowing the difficult times before us.
By REPS. MIKE HAWKER AND MIKE CHENAULT

Monday, March 30, 2015

My Turn: Preserve the Permanent Fund amid cuts

The gigantic shortfall facing the state of Alaska is making crafting budgets for the coming fiscal year an incredibly difficult task, one certain to remain challenging for at least several more years.
By Benjamin Brown

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for March 30

Thumbs up to Choose Respect. Last week, despite rain and wind, dozens of you turned out to march in the annual Choose Respect march against domestic and sexual violence.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Turn: Numbers that speak volumes

According to a January 2015 analysis by Oxfam, a globally recognized anti-poverty organization, "80 people hold the same amount of wealth as the world's 3.6 billion poorest people.
By Kate Troll

Empire Editorial: When it comes to a gas pipeline, Alaska should carry a backup plan

In the back of your car, buried under the dog blankets, jumper cables and old newspapers, is your spare tire. If all goes well, you'll never look at it. It will sit there, gathering dust and ...

My turn: Mine development in British Columbia raises concerns

As owner of a sportfishing business based in Juneau, I join a large group of Alaskans including Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Rep.
By ABE TANHA

Friday, March 27, 2015

My Turn: Economic freedom: A magic pill we shouldn't swallow

Americans For Prosperity is "an organization devoted to restoring and advancing economic freedom, state by state," wrote Jeremey Price last week in an Alaska Dispatch News commentary.
By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Next time, let it burn

Editor's note: If you can't detect sarcasm, please stop reading. Capital City Fire/Rescue responded quickly to Saturday night's blaze at the decrepit Gastineau Apartments in downtown Juneau. ...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Empire Readers' Council Editorial: Funding early childhood education is like putting oil in our pipeline

Alaska is failing its youth and failing its future by choosing not to add funds back into Alaska's budget to fund pre-K education for youngsters.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Alaska Editorial: YouTube the perfect venue for Murkowski video

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Sen. Lisa Murkowski has taken Alaska's economic situation to YouTube; it might be the perfect venue.

Empire Editorial: Don't delete history

History should never be deleted, especially as we're still writing it. That's what a bill moving through the Alaska House of Representatives would do by removing court records for cases that have ...

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Turn: The Forest Service must change its culture and course

It's time to stop the industrial-scale clear-cutting of our home, the Tongass National Forest. Our forest is far too valuable to continue this broken experiment. The industrial-scale cuts never ...
By PAUL BARNES

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for March 23, 2015

Thumbs up to another successful Gold Medal. The 69th annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament wrapped up on Saturday with Hydaburg winning the B and C brackets and Hoonah winning the women's and ...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Empire Editorial: On the topic of transboundary mines, a response to Mr. Bill Bennett

It's not often the Juneau Empire offers a rebuttal to an submitted column. Waging a back-and-forth war of words isn't fair for the other party. We buy ink by the barrel and have dedicated staff to ...

My Turn: Pot should be as 'public' as alcohol

The state's recently-created Marijuana Control Board is going to have plenty to do when it comes to creating marijuana regulations.
By TOM RUTECKI

Letters to the Editor

Help protest money's influence on politics

Right now, provisions in election law can make it difficult or impossible to know which contractors are funneling money to the super PACs and joint fundraising committees that use these donations ...

Help us find our missing camera

For the past eight months, our classroom has been participating in a field study around our school.

Sometimes, you need a sense of humor

It was strange to read the letter protesting Klas Stolpe's "Drunken Fisherman at Anchor" cpncerning his teenage experience in his hometown of Petersburg. Stolpe is an excellent writer and I ...

Watch for cyclists this spring

What with the early spring and nice afternoons, it is quickly approaching bicycle season. Any sunny day will bring more and more riders. As a frequent rider, I have some concerns I would like to ...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Turn STEM into STEAM

This was originally submitted as a written reply to a comment on NPR's "On Point" Monday, March 30. The topic was the loss of liberal arts studies in the education system.

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