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Alaska Editorial: Washington state should focus on its own plate

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:
Having solved virtually every issue in their home jurisdictions, the Seattle City Council and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee are looking north to Alaska.

My Turn: Alaskan timber industry may jeopardize Alaska

For decades, distant markets, high labor costs and market forces combined to make Alaska timber less competitive than timber from Washington and Oregon.


Monday, May 4, 2015

My Turn: The mousetrap

The Alaska Legislature has just been called back by the governor for a special session, with two of the topics being Medicaid expansion and the budget. The Legislature is being bombarded by ...

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for May 4, 2015

Thumbs down to mosquitoes. For obvious reasons, we're unhappy about the return of Alaska's unofficial state bird. While the tall tales say spring mosquitoes are big enough to carry away a small ...

My Turn: This national winner speaks Out Loud

The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is Alaska's state arts agency, and our mission is to foster the development of arts for all Alaskans through grants, partnerships, education, and ...

Sunday, May 3, 2015

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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.

Letters to the Editor

SB 89, this bill must die!

Currently, Planned Parenthood provides great, comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education. I know because I've attended the classes.

Thanks for being more than a host, mom

My name is Maria Jesus Tartari, and I am a high school AFS Exchange Student from Chile. I've had the best year of my life here, but nothing would have been the same with another host family. The ...

Enough is enough; get rid of meth

Anyone with cable TV can, on just about any given day, watch cops shooting, Tasing, manhandling, or in various ways beating citizens. I wish I had been able to film an incident that occurred on ...

Monday, May 4, 2015

Active forest management is health for our forests

Many believe that the best way to conserve a forest is to do nothing - no roads, no harvest, no management. The Big Thorne Timber Sale located on the Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska has ...

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