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Empire Editorial: Here we go again ...

Juneau's educators, parents and students are about to get another lesson from the school of hard knocks.
Over the past four years, the Juneau School District has cut 155 positions and shaved more than $12 million from its annual budget.

My Turn: Alaska's love/hate affair with government spending

While all eyes in the state are on the falling price of oil, Fairbanks and Anchorage are bracing themselves for another blow to their economic base. According to Lt. Col.

by Rich Moniak

Retraction to Jan. 29 letter

A letter published in the Thursday, Jan. 29 edition of the Juneau Empire titled "Gillnetting on the rivers" is being retracted due to a regrettable error where the wrong author was attributed.

My Turn: Thanks, CHAMPs, for promoting the arts

If you were downtown at all this past week, you may have come upon Alaskans wearing with little white buttons saying "CHAMP". These people were not all claiming to be victors in some unnamed ...
By Benjamin Brown

Letter to the Editor: Tougher action needed on oil

As I understand it, Gov. Bill Walker is planning to bill the federal government for $2 billion for oil taxes lost due to the proposed Obama wilderness proposal.

My Turn: Dedicated, committed women at the service of others

Since 1980 there has been a bronze statue of a Catholic sister, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart, in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

My Turn: No more

Like many Alaskans, I remember the excitement in the air when Alaska became the 49th state of the Union in 1959. We had achieved our long-held dream of self-governance.

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

My Turn: Blaming oil tax for deficit is wrong

Our budget deficit today is a result of low oil prices, low oil production and overspending - not oil tax reform.

Empire Editorial: Bars in our wake

You know times are bad when even the bars are closing. This week, the Alaska Marine Highway announced it will close the bars aboard the ferries Kennicott, Malaspina, Matanuska, Tustumena, Taku and ...

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Empire Editorial: Climate change - it's 'a thing'

Climate change and whether or not it's real comes down to wording, apparently. Last week, U.S. senators voted on an amendment during a debate on the Keystone Pipeline and, in doing so, found ...

My Turn: Since time immemorial

We owe a debt of gratitude to the people who helped Sealaska secure its final land entitlement last month. It was a victory for Sealaska, but the process, which took 10 years, was grueling, costly ...

My Turn: Walker's appointment may district from agenda

Gov. Bill Walker called me Jan. 21 and said I would not be reappointed to the Board of Fisheries. I am OK with that decision, as it is the governor's prerogative to put his own people on Alaska's ...

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Empire Editorial: Obama 'declares war' on Alaska

On Sunday, President Obama declared war on Alaska. So say Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Dan Sullivan. In a statement released on the first day of the week, the president announced that he plans to ...

My Turn: SB21 is broken

I was never in favor of SB21, but now it's a reality and we need to find ways to keep SB21 from bankrupting the state. We may not have increased oil production and its expenses now exceed its ...

My Turn: Time to empower and employ the next generation of Alaska fishermen

Alaska has one of the most productive commercial fishing economies on the planet. More than 5 billion pounds of seafood were pulled from the waters surrounding Alaska in 2012. This world-class ...

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Empire Editorial: An ounce of prevention

The 29th Alaska Legislature has the opportunity to right a serious wrong, something the Legislature before it failed to do.

My Turn: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, politics or science?

Bill Walker and Byron Mallott ran on a unity ticket. They argued that it's high time to quit letting major political parties fragment our statewide community as each battles to dominate the others.

My Turn: Fix the budget, but not at the expense of long-term prosperity

As falling global oil prices mean less revenue in Alaska, our elected leaders need to make sound budgetary decisions that solve the short-term problem without forgoing investments essential to the ...

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

My Turn: Transparency for Juneau Access

Gov. Bill Walker so far has delivered on a campaign promise to bring transparency back to the executive branch. It's refreshing after experiencing three Alaska governors who preferred keeping the ...
By Rich Moniak

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Letter: Where's the affordable housing?

Is it just me or does everyone just think different? I'm not one to point fingers and blame society for my problems, but I gotta point my finger to society when it comes to affordable housing.

Letter: Revenue for the state

Years ago, when the big oil money began rolling in a lovely tide, both the state sales tax and income tax were eliminated. Now we are becoming inundated with the tide of financial deficits.

Letter: A prayer for the Legislature

Dear Lord, I pray for the leaders of Your great state of Alaska. I pray for all of them and their marriages and families to be blessed and protected.

Letter: Gillnetting on the rivers

As reported in the Peninsula Clarion, the Federal Subsistence Board recently voted to allow subsistence gillnetting on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Letter: Reflecting on 'A Lifetime to Master'

"A Lifetime to Master" at McPhetres Hall is a masterful presentation of an issue about homelessness that affects each of us in some way in our community.

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