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Empire Editorial: Waking up from Alaska's aerospace dream

When your head is in the clouds, it's easy to lose track of your feet.
On Monday, the 17th rocket since 1998 lifted off from the state-owned Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island. Four seconds after leaving the launchpad, the rocket exploded.

My Turn: Presidential giveaway is outrageous

When news of the Board of Regents' decision to give away $320,000 to the president of the University of Alaska was published, I recall vividly my immediate anger at the injustice of their decision.

by HUGH R. HAYS

My Turn: Board of Regents made independent decision on president's retention incentive

I'd like to share with readers the University of Alaska Board of Regents' thinking behind our decision to offer President Pat Gamble a new contract that contains a retention incentive.

by PAT JACOBSON

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Empire Editorial: Protect Alaska seafood by banning Russian imports

There's a cold war brewing in your freezer. On Aug. 7, in retaliation for American sanctions, Russia banned the importation of most foreign food products. Russia imports salmon roe and smolt, ...

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

My Turn: It's your state, Alaskans. Protect it.

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to live in Alaska. In the few months that I have lived here, I have stood on top of mountains and dipped my hands in the Yukon River.
By KATRINA VAN KESSEL

My Turn: Ballot Measure 2 strikes the right balance for rural Alaska

I grew up in rural Alaska, surrounded by drugs and alcohol. I didn't come from a troubled home or a broken community. Still, growing up in Eagle and Cordova, I encountered drugs and alcohol like ...
By FORREST DUNBAR

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

My Turn: After the decision on Prop 1, Alaskans are in a win-win situation

Congratulations to the "No" campaign on their hard-fought victory. Fifty-two percent of Alaskans have chosen to keep Senate Bill 21 in place. Now all we need to do is work together to ensure that ...
By TJ PRESELY and NICK MOE

Monday, Aug 25, 2014

My Turn: Alaska turns to young growth forests

Management of the old-growth forests of the Tongass National Forest has been the source of substantial controversy both in Alaska and nationally for decades.
By ROBERT BONNIE

My Turn: Fall - the season for back-to-school, new beginnings and heathcare opportunities

As fall approaches, many parents are preparing their children to return to school. Returning to school is the perfect opportunity to consider using your Marketplace insurance to ensure your ...
By SUSAN JOHNSON

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

My Turn: Changing the world one story at a time

"Do you remember what you were doing when you were 16 years old?" Judith Maier asked me last week. "No," I replied. "But I know I lacked the courage that these kids have." I was referring to ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Where's the Governor?

Despite its controversy, at least Governor Frank Murkowski had the fortitude in 2006 to take the negotiated Stranded Gas Development Act agreement to Alaskans before it was signed.
By BILL WALKER

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

My Turn: How to spend money to save money

Earlier this month, I announced that I intend to spend up to $200,000 this coming fall in certain key legislative races. The reason I am doing that is simple.
By BRAD KEITHLEY

My Turn: Bill Walker is now a target

Polling shows Bill Walker is the only candidate who can beat the incumbent governor in November. As a result, a target has been slapped on Bill's back.
By DONNA WALKER

Empire Editorial: Addiction is much closer to home than you may think

It may not be the person you're thinking about; it could be you. 

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014

My Turn: Waiting to hear from Parnell on transboundary mines

In response to Wednesday's article, "Sens Begich, Murkowski call for action on transboundary mines," I too see a huge threat from these mines to our sustainable way of life in Southeast Alaska.
By ROB SANDERSON

Empire Editorial: Thank you for voting

Congratulations, Juneau: You showed up. According to the Alaska Division of Elections' preliminary numbers, Election Day voter turnout in House District 34 (which includes the Mendenhall Valley) ...

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

My Turn: BLM is right to award Redoubt Falls to Sitka Tribe

We are profoundly disappointed and frustrated that the trustees of the defunct Sheldon Jackson College have filed a notice to appeal a recent federal decision rejecting their claim to 160 acres by ...
By MICHAEL A. BAINES

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Dan Sullivan doesn't respect privacy

This election cycle is upsetting for me. As an Alaskan woman who votes, I'm fed up with politicians who say they want "small government" but propose intrusive regulations about women's health.
By LAURA HERMAN

Letter to the Editor: Please vote no on Ballot Measure 2

When Ballot Measure 2 (the Act to Tax and Regulate the Production, Sale and Use of Marijuana) got enough signatures and was certified to be on the ballot, I think it is safe to say that many ...

Letter to the Editor: Bad assumptions make bad decisions on timber

The Department of Agriculture's undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment recently offered an opinion that the timber industry in Southeast Alaska should accept a forced transition to a ...
By OWEN GRAHAM

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

A good place to start

There is no single answer or solution to the high rate of suicide in Alaska. But a good place to start is the current research. Ninety percent of the individuals who commit suicide have a ...

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Mallot and Walker should run together for Lt. Gov., Gov.

It would be a lot better for Byron Mallott to join up with Bill Walker and be lieutenant governor than to be third place in the election that gets you nothing. It puts Mallot in a good position to ...

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