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Alaska Editorial: Setting aside donations for nonprofits and children is good use of dividend

Time is drawing near to file an application for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend - the deadline to do so is today.

My Turn: Alaska LNG project

We want to work with our new governor to progress this great state forward, especially knowing the difficult times before us.


Monday, March 30, 2015

My Turn: Preserve the Permanent Fund amid cuts

The gigantic shortfall facing the state of Alaska is making crafting budgets for the coming fiscal year an incredibly difficult task, one certain to remain challenging for at least several more years.
By Benjamin Brown

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for March 30

Thumbs up to Choose Respect. Last week, despite rain and wind, dozens of you turned out to march in the annual Choose Respect march against domestic and sexual violence.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Turn: Numbers that speak volumes

According to a January 2015 analysis by Oxfam, a globally recognized anti-poverty organization, "80 people hold the same amount of wealth as the world's 3.6 billion poorest people.
By Kate Troll

Empire Editorial: When it comes to a gas pipeline, Alaska should carry a backup plan

In the back of your car, buried under the dog blankets, jumper cables and old newspapers, is your spare tire. If all goes well, you'll never look at it. It will sit there, gathering dust and ...

My turn: Mine development in British Columbia raises concerns

As owner of a sportfishing business based in Juneau, I join a large group of Alaskans including Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Rep.

Friday, March 27, 2015

My Turn: Economic freedom: A magic pill we shouldn't swallow

Americans For Prosperity is "an organization devoted to restoring and advancing economic freedom, state by state," wrote Jeremey Price last week in an Alaska Dispatch News commentary.
By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Next time, let it burn

Editor's note: If you can't detect sarcasm, please stop reading. Capital City Fire/Rescue responded quickly to Saturday night's blaze at the decrepit Gastineau Apartments in downtown Juneau. ...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Empire Readers' Council Editorial: Funding early childhood education is like putting oil in our pipeline

Alaska is failing its youth and failing its future by choosing not to add funds back into Alaska's budget to fund pre-K education for youngsters.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Alaska Editorial: YouTube the perfect venue for Murkowski video

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Sen. Lisa Murkowski has taken Alaska's economic situation to YouTube; it might be the perfect venue.

Empire Editorial: Don't delete history

History should never be deleted, especially as we're still writing it. That's what a bill moving through the Alaska House of Representatives would do by removing court records for cases that have ...

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Turn: The Forest Service must change its culture and course

It's time to stop the industrial-scale clear-cutting of our home, the Tongass National Forest. Our forest is far too valuable to continue this broken experiment. The industrial-scale cuts never ...

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for March 23, 2015

Thumbs up to another successful Gold Medal. The 69th annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament wrapped up on Saturday with Hydaburg winning the B and C brackets and Hoonah winning the women's and ...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Empire Editorial: On the topic of transboundary mines, a response to Mr. Bill Bennett

It's not often the Juneau Empire offers a rebuttal to an submitted column. Waging a back-and-forth war of words isn't fair for the other party. We buy ink by the barrel and have dedicated staff to ...

My Turn: Pot should be as 'public' as alcohol

The state's recently-created Marijuana Control Board is going to have plenty to do when it comes to creating marijuana regulations.

A testimony which cries out


My Turn: Congress should have a say in US-Iran nuclear weapons deal

As I traveled throughout our great state last year, I heard repeatedly how worried Alaskans were about national security.

Letters to the Editor

Turn STEM into STEAM

This was originally submitted as a written reply to a comment on NPR's "On Point" Monday, March 30. The topic was the loss of liberal arts studies in the education system.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Diversity in taxation is the key to stability

After retiring as Alaska's Revisor of Statutes in 1995, I returned to Oregon for family reasons for several years.

Munoz disregarded the health concerns of 1,300 constituents

I'm disappointed that Rep. Cathy Muñoz voted with the House Finance Committee to cut Medicaid expansion out of the Department of Health and Social Services budget.

How to keep our kids in Juneau

I read Win Gruening's column on Juneau's economy and how our children are leaving and not returning. He is correct on school enrollment figures, and if we continue on this path our education ...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Letter: Seize the moment and protect salmon

Alaskans agree on no other resource more than our wild salmon. Even the most pro-development among us take pride in our intact salmon habitat and flourishing salmon runs.

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