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Cutting activities from school budgets is shortsighted

The recommendation of the Juneau School District superintendent to cut the district's activities budget is disappointing, although I certainly understand his dilemma of increasing demands with a decreasing budget.

by JEEP RICE

The story behind the return of the wood bison

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's reintroduction of wood bison to the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area has made the news lately.

by SAM COTTEN

Thumbs up, thumbs down for April 20, 2015

Thumbs up and down to the Alaska Legislature. The Legislature didn't finish its work by Sunday, the final regular day of the first session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Turn: Intelligent conversations

One of the unwritten goals that every school district has for its students is that they will be more intelligent when they leave than when they arrive. F.
By MARK MILLER

Empire Editorial: Can Juneau still afford all its schools?

In 2008 when Thunder Mountain High School opened its doors to students, many in Juneau questioned if the city needed two high schools. Today, we wonder not IF Juneau needs two high schools but HOW ...

Friday, April 17, 2015

Empire Editorial: Lawmakers want one more big meal before tightening belts

A group of lawmakers are looking to gorge themselves one more time before notching new holes and tightening their belts. Instead, we recommend a no-spending diet. If that's what is good for the ...

My Turn: Threats about Iran damages our nation's trustworthiness

This week President Barack Obama agreed to sign a revised version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My Turn: Losing our heads over taxes

With our state budget picture looking increasingly dismal by the day, talk of taxes is surfacing in the Legislature and elsewhere.
By WIN GRUENING

Empire Editorial: Rie Muñoz: On our walls and in our hearts

Rie Muñoz is, was and will always be a part of the Juneau community, of the Southeast Panhandle and, for that matter, all of Alaska. She painted and sketched us. She talked, walked and frolicked ...

Empire Readers' Council Editorial: Hammering Southeast Alaska

The residents of Southeast Alaska are faring very poorly during the current legislative session.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Turn: Gwich'in vs. climate change

The disastrous effects of climate change are impacting Alaska harder than any other state in the U.S. The Arctic is heating up more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet as a result of ...
By SARAH JAMES and KATHLEEN ROGERS

Alaska Editorial: Legislature's focus on cuts has avoided other half of funding equation

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Alaska's multibillion-dollar budget deficit cannot be closed through cuts alone.

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Turn: Eminent domain equals imminent catastrophe

The 2012 fire that devastated the Gastineau apartment building, a structure housing 41 individual units, has been a really tough blow for Juneau.
By JOSHUA ADAMS

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Turn: Alaska's Marine Highway is too important to let this legislature run it aground

I am a longtime resident of Southeast Alaska, and my work and play have taken me to many parts of the state since 1990.
By LARRY WEST

My Turn: Disagreements over mining require dialogue

Like any industrial activity, when it comes to mining there will always be disagreements about where, when and how such activity should take place. That's why it is important to have an open ...
By BILL BENNETT

Empire Editorial: Help more Alaskans vote

Can we agree that having more Alaskans vote is a good thing? Almost universally, higher voter turnout results in moderation. As the thought goes, a candidate must tack toward the center in order ...

Letters to the Editor

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Thanks for the rip-off!

I've been a season passholder for 15 years at Eaglecrest.

Alaskans should take note of B.C. mines

In the spirit of furthering the "important dialogue" that British Columbia Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett encourages Alaskans to have with the B.C.

HB 115, Leaders do the right thing

It's a shame some Alaskans in positions of influence still find it easy to not do the right thing. An example is provided in the Juneau Empire's April 9 editorial entitled "HB 115 a political stunt".

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Letter: A deal is a deal

They always said about J.P. Morgan that his word was his bond. As a young child, I was taught to never lie and to always keep my word.

Letter: School cuts again?

My children are in third grade and sixth grade this year, and they have a long way to go through Alaska's school system. I hope the state makes it worthwhile and convinces me to keep them in the ...

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