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Empire Editorial: Walker's tax credit cut a fair move

Is Alaska's oil tax credit system broken? That's what Gov. Bill Walker said Wednesday after cutting $200 million from $700 million budgeted by lawmakers to aid companies exploring and developing new wells.

My Turn: Medicaid expansion has majority support, just not 'the majority'

According to a recent study, Alaska is either in a recession or on the brink of one. It's time for non-partisan solutions, not playing Russian Roulette with the economy.
Alaska will lose 4,000 jobs statewide by September.

by REP. LES GARA

Honesty is the best policy

In order for government and public institutions to work, there has to be trust in them. This is rarely achieved by keeping the key parts of the process hidden from public view.
By DAVID NEES

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for July 6, 2015

Thumbs up to a spectacular holiday. The weather cooperated, but credit for a fantastic Independence Day weekend deserves to go to the volunteers who made it happen.

Friday, July 3, 2015

My Turn: The liberal contribution to freedom, justice for all

"All men are created equal." These are words we celebrate this week in the wake of two nationally significant events.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Empire Editorial: Discretionary voting rigs the game for Native corporations

Imagine if the Alaska Republican and Democratic parties were allowed to run elections. They could stamp one-sided endorsements on the ballots and spread votes among their prefered candidates so ...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Empire Editorial: Airport's snow plan is too heavy a load for CBJ

Today is the first day of July, and while it may be difficult, we'd like you to take a moment to stop and imagine yourself shoveling your driveway after a heavy snowfall.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Alaska Editorial: Marriage decision was the right call

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. On Friday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage rendered moot the state's pending appeal in its own ...

My Turn: Council fumbled on halibut bycatch reduction

Our North Pacific Fisheries Management Council met in Sitka. Trawl bycatch (bycatch constitutes nontargeted species) of juvenile halibut in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands was on the agenda.
By FABIAN GRUTTER

Monday, June 29, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for June 29, 2015

Thumbs up to Alaska's firefighters. A burst of rain over Interior Alaska this weekend has dampened the wildfires scorching the 49th state.

Alaska's fiscal situation offers no easy choices

During the recent legislative session, the difficulty in reaching an agreement on the budget among Gov.
By JERRY REINWAND

My Turn: The nuts and bolts of the Affordable Care Act are loose

This past Thursday the United States Supreme Court released its decision in the second of two cases questioning the legality and validity of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ...
By Benjamin Brown

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Turn: Solving Alaska's budget problem

Former Gov. Frank Murkowski recently wrote an oped for the Juneau Empire advocating the establishment of a Permanent Fund endowment system for partially funding state government. After attending Gov.
By Kate Troll

My Turn: Red Chris mine poses great risk

I have previously written and spoken about how important the seafood industry is to Alaska's economy, especially to those of us who live in Southeast Alaska.
By REP. DAN ORTIZ

Empire Editorial: On flags and FedEx, collective action will carry the day

On Thursday, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska made a big announcement. You might have missed it - it's been a big week in the news.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Turn: Warning: Smoking fossil fuels are hazardous to our grandchildren

Alaska's Catholic bishops have issued a statement supporting Pope Francis' call for action on climate change.

Empire Editorial: Daycare proposal is a good start to fixing persistent problem

On Tuesday night, the Juneau Planning Commission voted in favor of a proposed ordinance that will remove a significant hurdle for new childcare businesses here.

Letters to the Editor

Ugly then and ugly now

I am a resident of Juneau who was here when Nimbus first arrived. Suddenly, one day in 1978, the citizens of Juneau woke up and found this monstrosity sitting in front of the new courthouse.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Letter: Take down the Confederate flag

We can love the soldier and still hate the war. Soldiers and the idea of soldiers are forever. The flags they stand and salute are like sand; their meaning or shape can change from generation to ...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ferry's failure is one of PR as well as maintenance

June is the time of year to get outside in Southeast Alaska. Every year, our family joins with other families and takes provisions up to Yakutat via the Alaska Marine Highway.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

State still treats mental illness as a crime

"Hi, I'm from the government and I am here to help." Those were scary words if you lived in Alaska in the 1950s and had a mental illness.

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