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Empire Editorial: Alaska legislators have quit while behind

Despite the plans of Gov. Bill Walker, despite the wishes of almost all of Alaska's 736,732 people, Alaska's legislators have quit.

ERC Editorial: Farmed Atlantic salmon for sale in Juneau - what's up with that?

Costco Wholesale Corporation is an important part of the business community in Juneau.

Friday, May 1, 2015

My Turn: Putting service before salary is called leadership

"We think the only way to do business is to serve others, do more for them, and charge less." That's the world according to Dan Price, founder and CEO of Gravity Payments.
By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Empowered enough to get the job done

American author Alice Walker once said, "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." This statement rings true for those who will be tapped to serve on ...

My Turn: Controversial ideas needed during tough times

Predictably, pending state budget cuts drove many people to speak out. During the waning days and hours of the Legislature, literally thousands of emails flooded legislative and governmental ...
By WIN GRUENING

Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Turn: Time to revisit rural education

In the book "Diapering the Devil," Gov. Jay Hammond recollects many things that he regretted not getting done during his extensive term in elected office.
By DAVID NEES

Editorial: Compromise is a worthwhile gamble - let the Legislature meet in Anchorage

Today is the 101st day of work for the Alaska Legislature in Juneau. It is the third day of the Legislature's first special session (there's a second one coming - just wait) and this third day ...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Turn: The wonder of life and death

At 5:30 p.m. Friday at KTOO studios, the Foundation for End of Life Care and the Juneau Medical Society are bringing Dr. Linda Smith and Diana Seropian (a medical social worker) to Juneau for a ...
By HAL GEIGER

Alaska Editorial: Standing against sex trafficking

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Sex trafficking is a difficult issue to confront.

My Turn: Merging high schools is in students' best interests

In light of all the recent news regarding high schools in our town, the time is now for discussing and planning what the best course forward should be.
By Kurt S. Dzinich, Jr

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Empire Editorial: Juneau Empire picks up 21 Alaska Press Club awards

It's rare for a journalist to enjoy math - our taste runs to words rather than figures - but we were struck recently by a math problem.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for April 27, 2015

Thumbs up to disclosure. On Friday afternoon, the state of Alaska finally released more than 4,000 pages of emails covering the National Guard sexual assault scandal.

The power to punish and reward should not be abused

Recently, Rep.
By MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Speak up for safety in honor of Workers' Memorial Day

On April 28, we remember those workers who said goodbye to their families, went off to work and never returned home. April 28 is internationally known as Workers' Memorial Day.
By GEOFFREY BACON

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Guest Editorial: Going 'smoke free' at UAS will take more than a few campus signs

The following editorial was written by students in Rosemarie Alexander's journalism class at the University of Alaska Southeast: The University of Alaska Southeast campus goes tobacco free on July 1.

Empire Editorial: When is it time to talk 'revenue'?

The prospect of the state of Alaska generating more revenue during these budget-bewildering times is a warming thought to Alaskans.

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Turn: The brokenness of Alaska's legislative priorities

It's broken. That's the most commonly stated objection by opponents of Medicaid expansion.
By Rich Moniak

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Letter: Thanks, Assembly, for supporting public education

Thank you to the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly for budgeting to fund the Juneau School District to the maximum local contribution amount for the FY16 budget.

Letter: Don't support Sweetheart Creek hydro project

I was very disappointed to read in the Juneau Empire that Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, is supporting the hydro project at Sweetheart Creek. Hundreds of Juneau families depend on personal use ...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Alaskans need to stop sexual assaults

I am an Alaska Native, Republican constituent from Alaska and have been with my party my whole adult life. I am disappointed that my party has not adopted Erin's Law. I thought we were going to ...

Leadership takes actions, not just words

Effective, respected leadership is more than words. It involves deeds. Alaska's representatives and senators mourn their disappointment in not being able to honor negotiated pay increases for ...

Keep Alaska's harbors clean and safe

Did you know that the Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of raw sewage from a vessel within 3 nautical miles of the U.S.

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