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Editorials

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Nov. 24, 2014

Thumbs up to governor-elect Walker's transition strategy. This past weekend, Walker gathered more than 250 people at the University of Alaska Anchorage to discuss policy ideas for his new administration.

My Turn: Give a little, help a lot

Juneau's nonprofit operating environment, as described in a recent editorial by the Juneau Empire, is a big deal and worth our community's attention.

by KRISTIN BARTLETT and RUSTAN BURTON

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

Empire Editorial: Walker's no-win budget scenario

When Gov.-elect Bill Walker is sworn into office Dec. 1, he's likely to land in the first no-win scenario of his administration. Alaska's independent governor is required to turn in his first ...

A Bishop's Perspective: A time to say 'Gunalchéesh'

On Wednesday of this past week, I was walking home at the end of the workday and after attending to some errands downtown when I was stopped by a gentleman along Egan Highway just beyond the Hanger.
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

My Turn: Time for Alaska to rise as one

Across Alaska, front yards, car bumpers and jacket lapels are shedding campaign signs, stickers and pins. Airwaves, newspapers and social media are focusing again on other aspects of our diverse ...
By BILL WALKER and BYRON MALLOTT

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Empire Editorial: Be careful, the ice monster lurks

Despite the pristine draw of flat, firm, glistening new ice, there's something to be feared below. Although that turquoise ice, deep within the glacier's belly calls, "Come hither," there's danger ...

My Turn: Advertising and the art of truth

"What Campaign Spending?" Maxim Lott asked in an online article a week before the Nov. 4 election. The Fox News headline went on to explain that every year Americans spend more money on Halloween.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

My Turn: Legislatiave wish list to help the disabled

Alaska must change in law how disabled psychiatric patients are protected in the complaint and appeal process.
By DORRANCE COLLINS and FAITH MEYERS

My Turn: Supporting higher education pays dividends

Every single day, as President and CEO of The CIRI Foundation and as chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alaska Foundation, I proudly do what I love: open pathways to ...
By SUSAN A. ANDERSON

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

My Turn: Time to continue moving Alaska forward

The election is over and the dust has settled. I congratulate Dan Sullivan. He and I disagreed on many issues, but now he is senator and it is time to move forward to address Alaska's needs. It ...
By Sen. MARK BEGICH

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Empire Editorial: Our need for more icebreakers keeps getting cold shoulder

America's only active heavy-duty icebreaker, the Polar Star, is mission-ready once more. The problem: The elderly vessel should have been decommissioned in 2006, and even with its current repairs, ...

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Empire Editorial: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down for Nov. 17, 2014

Thumbs up to a calm transfer of authority. On Saturday, Gov. Sean Parnell conceded the 2014 Alaska governor's race to Bill Walker.

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

Empire Editorial: When the helpers need help

Sometimes, you don't know what you've lost until it's gone. In Juneau, we may soon find ourselves missing valuable services once provided by nonprofits.

My Turn: 'Big Money' is the winner

On Friday after the midterm elections, there was a political cartoon in the Juneau Empire that captured the essence of what just transpired in the recent midterm election.
By Kate Troll

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

My Turn: Making free speech free again

The election isn't over yet. Sen. Mark Begich hasn't conceded. There also are votes to count before declaring a winner in the race for governor.
By Rich Moniak

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Letter: Terms up for Begich but work left to be done

I applaud Sen. Mark Begich for not immediately conceding the Senate election, out of respect for every Alaskan voter.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Letter: Garbage costs going up

Juneau's garbage service provider, Pacific Waste, owned by Alaska Pacific Environmental Services, has requested a permanent rate increase of 27.7 percent.

Letter: Congrats to the cast of 'Chicago'

I want to congratulate everyone involved in Perseverance Theatre's production of "Chicago." I was one of the lucky people to see it on opening night.

Letter: Lemmings aren't really suicidal

I enjoyed the election day point/counterpoint editorial on marijuana. Regarding the headline and metaphor "Marching like stoned lemmings to the sea" used to frame the piece - they don't.

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Many Alaskans unaware of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and has been designated as such for decades. Purple is the symbolic color.

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