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Alaska Editorial: Despite UA's recent veto of 4 percent hike, price of higher education is rising

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
The reasons were varied, but the outcome was clear: no tuition increase in the 2015-16 academic year for University of Alaska students.

My Turn: Empire's attack on SEACC

I cannot allow the Juneau Empire's editorial board's Sept. 21 attack on the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to go unanswered. Just what precipitated this vendetta, and why was it so one sided? In another editorial the next day, the Empire took Gov.

by ROMAN J. MOTYKA

My Turn: Chamber CEO, Empire misrepresent circumstances of minimum wage debate

Imagine our surprise upon reading in Friday’s Juneau Empire that we had “canceled” a presentation at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce last Thursday — with only a week’s notice — and that...
by TOM BRICE and ED FLANAGAN

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

My Turn: Lost access to compounded medications is a dangerous move by insurance companies

I am angry that access to compounded medications have been recently threatened by pharmacy benefit managers.
By TERRI LAUTERBACH

Empire editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock and his Friday ruling upholding an emergency order that allowed independent gubernatorial Bill Walker and former Democratic nominee Byron ...

A Bishop's Perspective: St. Terese, Alaska

This coming Wednesday, Oct. 1, is an important day for the Catholic Church in Alaska and for the Diocese of Juneau. On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux, the saint who has ...
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

My Turn: The climate marches past Alaska

"There is no Planet B," "Climate Change is a Health Crisis," "Pricing Pollution is the Solution" and "Jobs, Justice, and Clean Energy.
By Kate Troll

My Turn: Vote Parnell

This past summer I had the pleasure of performing in Perseverance Theatre's SummerFest, which saw three plays performed in repertory format at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC).
By Ben Brown

Empire Editorial: It's time for sustainable logging

Logging in Southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest is an industry that faltered many times before getting off the ground. Yet once it did, it took off with the momentum of a steam engine and ...

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Empire Editorial: Let the voters decide

This morning, an Anchorage judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit that aims to eliminate the Walker-Mallot unity ticket from the November ballot.

Proposed minimum wage increase does not go far enough

According to U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, we Alaskans know what's better for us. That's why he changed his mind about Ballot Measure No. 3 and will be voting to increase the state's minimum ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Sullivan and Parnell promoted Pebble Mine over Alaskans' objections

A recently leaked video reveals that Sean Parnell tried to find a funder for Pebble Mine after Anglo-American pulled out of the project.
By ROD MCCOY

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Empire Editorial: Keep wilderness photography free

If you're in a public space, you should be allowed to take a picture. Apparently, the U.S. Forest Service disagrees. On Wednesday, the Oregonian newspaper revealed that the U.S.

My Turn: Voting as a civic duty

I favor instituting compulsory voting in the United States. Then we'd actually hear from (nearly) every registered voter.
By BILL DILLON

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

My Turn: Obama, Begich misrepresented health care

In his July 24 My Turn, Sen.
By KURT SMITH

Alaska Editorial: The start of a shipbuilding partnership in Alaska

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Gov. Sean Parnell told the community over the weekend he plans to build two ferries in the Ketchikan Shipyard and signed a ...

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

My Turn: 'Choose Respect' should mean action, not rhetoric

U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan has been sending out press releases and making TV ads about "Choose Respect" ever since he got off the plane and became former Gov. Sarah Palin's political ...
By TONY SHOLTY

Empire Editorial: Greene's integrity goes up in smoke

KTVA reporter Charlo Greene said "f*** it" to her job Sunday night, and she said the same to her credibility as a journalist and as a professional.

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Letter: Focus on the Alaska Marine Highway

Like most all Southeast Alaskans, I ride the Alaska Marine Highway. My husband Bob and I might ride it more than most, as we own a cabin in Atlin, British Columbia that we visit regularly.

Letter: Alaska Wilderness League

The editorial on Sunday, Sept.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Letter: A differnet view on tennis in Juneau

In a Wednesday, Sept. 17, My Turn published in the Juneau Empire, an author lamented the loss of one tennis court at The Alaska Club. The author painted a very dire picture of tennis in the ...

Letter: Environmental groups speak for the people

In its Sunday, Sept. 21 editorial, the Juneau Empire berated environmental groups for various lawsuits against "The Road," the timber industry and the Kensington Mine. Unfortunately, the Empire ...

Letter: In support of Munoz

Like most Alaska voters, I am not registered as a member of any political party. I believe the framers of the Alaska Constitution got it right when they kept the role of government distinct and ...

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