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Opinion

Editorials

My Turn: What's the moral of the story when it comes to Pebble?

There is an old story that tells of a simpleton who sets off to trade his most valuable worldly possession, hoping to better his situation.

BLM is right to award Redoubt Falls to Sitka Tribe

We are profoundly disappointed and frustrated that the trustees of the defunct Sheldon Jackson College have filed a notice to appeal a recent federal decision rejecting their claim to 160 acres by ...
By MICHAEL A. BAINES

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

My Turn: Gov. Parnell should seek long-term oil production increases

At the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce debate I took the "Vote Yes" side supporting repeal of SB21. I thought the matter closed until Gov. Parnell addressed my arguments on a local radio show.
By CRAIG RICHARDS

My Turn: It's a matter of trust; vote 'yes'

There are a lot of "facts" flying around about Ballot Measure 1, which Alaskans will vote on in the primary election this Tuesday. I am not a lawmaker or an oil industry insider.
By NANCY COURTNEY

My Turn: Alaskans are and will be better off under SB21

For those who don't know me, I was raised as an Air Force brat in North Pole. Maybe it is the former wrestler in me, but when it comes to Alaska's future - and that of my family - I have a hard ...
By JOE BALASH

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

My Turn: If Ballot Measure 1 is about jobs, families and our future - vote 'Yes'

It's hard not to miss the full page ads being run by BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon that suggest Ballot Measure One is not about Big Oil but our jobs, our families and our future. So let's go ...
By Kate Troll

My Turn: Vote 'No' for Alaska's future

As Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 19, they will be deciding the most pressing economic issue facing our state.
By GOV. SEAN PARNELL

My Turn: What we can do about violent religious persecution

Earlier this week, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to speak out against the "barbaric" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of the Islamic State in Iraq.
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

Empire Editorial: A vote on trust

The letters came in snowdrifts that blanketed the desks in the office of Gov. Steve Cowper, more than a thousand all together. There was the one from a man in Kansas who enclosed scraps of his ...

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Empire Editorial: Juneau's secondhand shops have chance to be heroes

Operators of Juneau's secondhand stores have the opportunity to be heroes, even if they're the reluctant kind.

My Turn: SB 21 is Working - give it a chance

Come Aug. 19, I will be voting "no" on Ballot Measure 1. A "no" vote will continue Alaska down the road to economic prosperity.
By CHARLIE HUGGINS

My Turn: Maximum benefit to people or favored corporations?

This season's high water has undermined roads, bridges and homes, threatening to erode the foundations of commerce and domestic tranquility. When property and livelihoods are swept away, ...
By DOUGLAS A. YATES

My Turn: Alaskans can't afford not to elect Mead Treadwell to the US Senate

I spent the last four legislative sessions in Juneau - first as a House page and then as staff to Representatives. During that time, I have gotten to know (or have closely observed) Sen. Mark ...
By ELIJAH VERHAGEN

My Turn: Repeal SB21, bring back ACES

I'm voting "Yes" on Ballot Measure 1 to repeal SB 21, the so-called More Alaska Production Act. On Aug. 5, 2014, Alaska Dispatch News published an article by reporter Richard Mauer titled, ...
By KEVIN BANKS

My Turn: Facts emerge in support of YES vote

Thanks to the 50,000 Alaskans who activated their constitutional right to petition for voter review of the SB21 oil tax deal, some useful facts are starting to emerge. Department of Revenue ...
By JIM SYKES

Letters to the Editor

Elections should be for people

I hope we all learned at least one thing from this primary election - we need to get big money out of politics. About $15 million was spent on the oil tax referendum, almost all from the oil ...

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014

Vote 'No' to support a strong tax structure

I am writing in support of maintaining Senate Bill 21 by voting "no" on the ballot measure 1, which would repeal the tax restructuring plan currently in place.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Tuesday

The oil company commercials say that SB21 is all about jobs. When the Exxon Valdez crashed and destroyed many Alaskan jobs Exxon said they would make good on it but then they spent about 20 years ...

Letter: Stop the giveaway, vote "YES"

Next week I turn 65, part of the baby boomers' "silver tsunami." Yes, it's a little disconcerting, but one must look at the positive aspects of aging.

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