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Alaska Editorial: Little by little, reduced services highlight the state's serious budget problems

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: An unsettling notice arrived from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities just before 7 p.m. Thursday.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Welcome the Syrian refugees

"Lord, when did we see you a stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you? … And the king will answer, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers [and sisters] of ...

Empire Editorial: The cost of avoiding bad press

Alaska finds itself marred by its third major scandal in less than a decade.

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

My Turn: Unified effort in congress protects Alaska's seafood powerhouse

Alaska is our nation's seafood powerhouse.

Alaska Editorial: Body-worn cameras can help interactions between police, citizens

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily-News Miner Earlier this week, Fairbanks City Mayor John Eberhart and Police Chief Randall Aragon gave an update on their pilot body ...

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

My Turn: Not knowing is a freedom we can no longer afford

Syrian refugees aren't wanted here. That's the message from more than 30 governors who all claim it's their first duty to ensure the safety of their citizens.
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Risk of Syrian refugees is unacceptably high

While I am the chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, the views I am expressing are my own.

Empire Editorial: Salmon horror story

You sit back in your cinema seat and grab your popcorn. The lights go down and the show begins. A giant wooden door appears on the screen and slowly creaks open to reveal a figure of horror - the ...

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

My Turn: Let mercy and hope triumph

Our snowfall this week has Juneau looking a bit more like Christmas. In light of some of the headlines recently, it would do us good to think more about the reason we celebrate that holiday.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Empire Editorial: Alaska's prison system is killing Alaskans

Joseph Murphy was having a bad morning. On Aug. 14, he woke up in jail. The night before, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

My Turn: Apprenticeships more important than ever

Gov. Bill Walker recently signed Administrative Order 278 to expand use of registered apprenticeships on state construction and resource development projects on state lands.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

My Turn: Don't wait for Alaska to crash

"The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise - with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, ...

My Turn: Juneau's economy is stable, but tied to state's fiscal crisis

The Juneau Economic Development Council recently released its 2015 Economic Indicators report, showing that if it were not for the loss of government jobs, Juneau's economy would be growing.
By Kate Troll

Empire Editorial: Closing schools will shut down communities

There have been and will continue to be many discussions among lawmakers and the public as to how best shore up Alaska's $4 billion budget deficit.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

My Turn: How can we celebrate Dr. Walter Soboleff Day?

HB217 was passed and signed into law by the 28th Alaska State Legislature in 2014, "an act establishing November 14 each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day". Dr. Walter Soboleff was an active and ...

My Turn: A dissenting view of Veterans Day

Another Veterans Day has come and gone. The parades are over, and so are the countless speeches expressing gratitude to all the men and women who have worn the uniform of our armed forces.
By Rich Moniak

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Letter: If one group must register, we should all register

If the time ever comes when the U.S.

Letter: Statements on taking in refugees worthy of nation's wall of shame

I can no longer remain silent about the fear and, in some cases bigotry, being propagated by prominent Alaska and national political leaders against admitting Syrian refugees into our country.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Letter: Protect the disabled with better laws

Protecting the disabled does not come naturally to a society; it takes laws. The Alaska Legislature must give the rights (laws) to the disabled that was promised and correct the mistakes of the ...

Letter: Revitalize Juneau for youth to flourish

With three murders in less than 30 days in a town of just over 32,000 people, and six heroin overdose deaths since February (not to mention the disheartening numbers on heroin and meth addicts), I ...

Letter: Pedestrian fatalities on the rise

With sunlight in increasingly short supply during this time of year, we are reminded of how important safe and well-designed streets and crosswalks are to our community.

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