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Empire Readers' Council Editorial: Funding early childhood education is like putting oil in our pipeline

Alaska is failing its youth and failing its future by choosing not to add funds back into Alaska's budget to fund pre-K education for youngsters.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Alaska Editorial: YouTube the perfect venue for Murkowski video

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Sen. Lisa Murkowski has taken Alaska's economic situation to YouTube; it might be the perfect venue.

Empire Editorial: Don't delete history

History should never be deleted, especially as we're still writing it. That's what a bill moving through the Alaska House of Representatives would do by removing court records for cases that have ...

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Turn: The Forest Service must change its culture and course

It's time to stop the industrial-scale clear-cutting of our home, the Tongass National Forest. Our forest is far too valuable to continue this broken experiment. The industrial-scale cuts never ...
By PAUL BARNES

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for March 23, 2015

Thumbs up to another successful Gold Medal. The 69th annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament wrapped up on Saturday with Hydaburg winning the B and C brackets and Hoonah winning the women's and ...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Empire Editorial: On the topic of transboundary mines, a response to Mr. Bill Bennett

It's not often the Juneau Empire offers a rebuttal to an submitted column. Waging a back-and-forth war of words isn't fair for the other party. We buy ink by the barrel and have dedicated staff to ...

My Turn: Pot should be as 'public' as alcohol

The state's recently-created Marijuana Control Board is going to have plenty to do when it comes to creating marijuana regulations.
By TOM RUTECKI

A testimony which cries out

By BISHOP EDWARD BURNS

My Turn: Congress should have a say in US-Iran nuclear weapons deal

As I traveled throughout our great state last year, I heard repeatedly how worried Alaskans were about national security.
By SEN. DAN SULLIVAN

My Turn: Alaska needs Medicaid expansion

In both human and financial terms, expanding Medicaid in Alaska is the right thing to do. One of the principles of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (or ACA) is the prevention ...
By ART PETERSEN

Friday, March 20, 2015

My Turn: Kito: Juneau is ready, able to host a special session

This My Turn is in response to the March 10 Juneau Empire article: "House Speaker wants special session, just not in Juneau." As the legislative session builds in intensity, there are discussions ...
By REP. SAM KITO III

How spending became an American way of life

"The truth of the matter is, it is impossible to spend ourselves to prosperity." That's what Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, said Friday before casting her vote against the $5.4 billion ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Walker on Medicaid: It's the right thing to do

This week, I introduced legislation to provide health care to more Alaskans using less state money. My bill calls for using all available federal resources and reforming the state's Medicaid ...
By GOV. BILL WALKER

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Empire Readers' Council: Don't mess with Daylight Saving Time

If you lived in Alaska before 1983, when Alaska had four time zones, you know how much of a headache this spread was. Imagine today trying to set up meetings or coordinate flights between ...

My Turn: Steps taken to prevent future Coast Guard wildlife violations

A recent letter to the editor highlighted the two recent cases involving Coast Guard members and wildlife violations. The tone of this letter implied that Coast Guard leadership had been passive ...
By REAR ADM. DAN ABEL

My Turn: Where have all Juneau's children gone?

My son and daughter returned to Juneau last weekend to attend the funeral of a family friend. These kinds of reunions are always bittersweet - sad but also an opportunity to renew friendships and ...
By WIN GRUENING

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Empire Editorial: Reinbold a champion but gets pariah treatment

Sometimes, it doesn't pay to be honest. Especially in politics. Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, voted against her caucus last week by saying no to the House Finance committee-drafted state ...

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Letter: Seize the moment and protect salmon

Alaskans agree on no other resource more than our wild salmon. Even the most pro-development among us take pride in our intact salmon habitat and flourishing salmon runs.

Letter: Tongass Advisory Committee has predetermined outcome

The United States Forest Service created the Tongass Advisory Committee to provide input from stakeholders for their revised Tongass Land Management Plan.

Letter: Support diplomacy instead of Israel

Democracy is dependent upon a well-informed public. People should be able to consider all the relevant facts and make rational, deliberative decisions. Unfortunately, the public is not being ...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Letter: JDIA hockey tournament was great, sports column about it was not

My son and I traveled from Anchorage to Juneau for the State Bantam Hockey Tournament last weekend, and I want to congratulate the Juneau Douglas Island Association for a job well done.

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