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Empire Editorial: Road Without End

The Road is dead. Long live the Road.
During his campaign, Gov. Bill Walker said he would look at every large project as a potential place to cut state spending.
Then oil prices crashed, and "potential" was removed from the sentence.

My Turn: Competing religions at Christmas

"Happy Holidays from your friends at Alaska Journal of Commerce" reads the subject line of an email I received last week.

by Rich Moniak

My Turn: Forested communities must be made whole

For all of the progress we made at the end of the 113th Congress, most notably on public lands issues in Alaska, the Senate's inability to fund even a short-term extension of the Secure Rural Schools program is a major disappointment.

by Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Empire Editorial: Doing less with fewer

Doing more with less isn't always an option. City employees know this and the public, if they haven't already learned it, will soon.

My Turn: At ACS, new focus brings opportunity

I once heard it said, "If you're not moving forward, then you're falling behind." Those words aptly describe the motivations behind Alaska Communications' decision earlier this month to move its ...

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Empire Editorial: What is the cost of beauty?

How much would you pay to see the Grand Canyon? Would you pay $5 to see Niagra Falls in person? In our backyard is Mendenhall Glacier, one of the world's marvels. If it doesn't appear marvelous, ...

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Empire Editorial: Defend the Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard rescues Alaskans. Now, it's the one that may need rescuing. On Nov. 25, 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act, creating the largest reorganization of ...

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Dec. 15, 2014

Thumbs down to need and want. In Sunday's Juneau Empire, we exposed the problems facing St. Vincent De Paul's Christmas family adoption program. We've heard previously that Juneau's food banks ...

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

My Turn: An Advent morning

Nov. 30 is my birthday, and this year, like the year I was born, it was both the first Sunday of Advent and the season's first snowfall. Although I usually go to evening Mass at St.

Empire Editorial: Whatever you do, don't panic

In the pages of Douglas Adams' "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a description of the fictional electronic encyclopedia that gives the book its name.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

My Turn: Bristol Bay salmon are in the spotlight, and rightly so

First, we learned that Americans love to eat salmon more than ever, with most of the wild catch coming from Alaska.

My Turn: Torture of the American conscience

This week, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released the executive summary of its report on the CIA torture program authorized during President George W. Bush's administration. As expected, ...
By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Some free advice for working with the press

The Juneau School District schooled some of its staff on talking to the press earlier this month. For some people, talking to the press comes naturally; others face it with dread. Working with the ...

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

My Turn: Suicide - an uncomfortable subject

Last week, I attended a two-hour suicide prevention training workshop held in the Juneau-Douglas High School Library.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Alaska Editorial: A dwindling appetite for megaprojects

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: The Ambler road. The Juneau road. The Knik Arm bridge. The Susitna Dam. The Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP), known ...

My Turn: Eighty insurance cards, and counting

It has now been slightly over a year since the state of Alaska selected Aetna to administer their AlaskaCare health insurance plans for active and retired state employees.

My Turn: Start small, dream big

The holiday season can be a magical time of year, especially for children - our most valuable resource. As busy adults, it can be hard to remember that we all started out as children, dependent on ...

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

My Turn: Smoking on campus a safety issue

Nicotine use is not merely an inconvenient habit - it is a powerful addiction which kills 500 Alaskans prematurely and costs Alaskan tax payers $539 million every year.

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Letter: Ambler road study one piece of the puzzle

As the National Park Service's Kyle Joly pointed out in a story on the proposed Ambler road ("Little impact on Ambler road caribou" - published Dec.

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Letter: UA System 2014 annual financial report

FY2014 was another good year of financial stability, research strength and academic progress for the University of Alaska System.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Letter: Capital Transit doesn't count seconds

I have been a bus driver for over 10 years.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Letter: Gratitude for finding our son

As parents, how do you adequately convey the measure of your gratitude to those who helped bring your son to safety? I guess we will have to simply start by saying "thank you.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Letter: Don't fall for it

Over the coming weeks and months, many of you in communities across the state will encounter individuals collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that seeks to ban setnet fishing for salmon ...

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