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Empire Readers Council Editorial: High school teams need to pay up to play

It is vital to keep the high school athletic and activity programs as part of secondary education in Juneau, but they must operate in a fiscally responsible manner.

My Turn: What's behind the resistance to military justice reform?

Last week, the Alaska House of Representatives passed HB 126, a bill reforming Alaska's Code of Military Justice (ACMJ). Although not the same as Military Justice Improvement Reform Act, which has been championed for the U.S. Armed Forces by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, both are attempts to curtail sexual abuse in the military and put an end to a culture of denial and cover-ups within the chain of command.

 

by Rich Moniak

My Turn: Walmart committed to Alaska

For a company like Walmart that prides itself on serving as many communities as possible, it is never an easy decision to close a store.

by ANGELA WILSON

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Empire Editorial: House puts state's money where its mouth is

The Alaska House of Representatives obviously gets it. We're hoping the Alaska Senate will, too.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

My Turn: Prince William Sound: A forgotten wilderness?

As a lover of wild places, I've thrived on Alaska's wilderness over the course of the past 40 years. Like thousands of others, I'm grateful for amazing places such as the Arctic Refuge, Gates of ...
By DEBBIE S. MILLER FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

My Turn: Alaska's domestic violence, sexual assualt prevention efforts are working

The Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault supports the work of Alaska's domestic violence and sexual assault shelters and violence prevention efforts statewide.
By LAUREE MORTON

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

My Turn: Energy literacy yields extraordinary financial returns while helping the planet

Would you like to have a bank account with a 200 percent interest rate? The fact of the matter is that many Alaskans have it in their homes, they just don't know about it.
By TOM MARSIK

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Another Super Bowl, another brain trauma casualty

The following editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Friday, Feb. 5: It is ever harder to watch the Super Bowl without mixed feelings.

My Turn: The real Walmart

Over the past few weeks, 154 Walmart stores all across the United States have been closing down, affecting an estimated 10,000 employees. As you may know, the Walmart in Juneau was one of these ...
By JESS LEVIN

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

My Turn: LNG for Juneau: Coals to Newcastle?

Avista, the natural gas and electric utility that owns Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., approached our Assembly and our legislators last fall to seek support for bringing LNG/natural gas to ...
By DOUG WOODBY

My Turn: Political grandstanding is dead-end goverance

This week the Senate Resources Committee held public hearings on HB 115 - "The Alaska Sovereignty and Transfer of Federal Public Land to Alaska Act.
By Rich Moniak

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Alaska Editorial: More than oil

Alaskans know the importance of oil to the state's economy and state government coffers. No question. Oil is huge.

My Turn: Why presidential primaries are important

With all eyes on Iowa this week and New Hampshire next week, the Presidential primary season has begun.
By WIN GRUENING

Alaska Editorial: Careful negotiations the best way to meet goals

While we appreciate Gov. Bill Walker's effort in moving the Alaska LNG Project forward, we are left this week wondering if there might be a better approach.

My Turn: Central Council ignored its contract

I am an economist and planner with 30 years' experience, and I've worked as a transportation planner for the Douglas Indian Association (DIA) since April 2013.
By LINDA SNOW

My Turn: Alaska Democrats reach out to Alaska's Independents

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared "we are trying to construct a more inclusive society," he recognized that democracy is strengthened by more voices and greater participation.
By NANCY COURTNEY

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Federal government goes too far in attempting to limit hunting in refuges

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: President Jimmy Carter remarked at the signing ceremony of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act on Dec.

My Turn: Yes to wild salmon, no to HB 220

Fish are selfish. They like to eat when they're hungry, swim wherever they want and they don't care whose place they're taking in the stream. They're bullies, really.
By ALEXUS KWACHKA

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

JPD arrests man for terroristic threats

The Juneau Police Department arrested a 36-year-old man early this morning after receiving a report of a “possibly armed man” near Chapel by the Lake.

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Letter: Carbon tax

I strongly believe the state of Alaska needs to implement a tax on carbon. In 2008, British Columbia implemented a C$10 per tonne of carbon dioxide tax, which increased to C$30 per tonne in 2012, ...

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Letter: America is worth saving!

In 2011, I heard Sen. Marco Rubio (then a newly-elected senator) speak for the first time about the corruption in Washington and President Barack Obama's actions that disregard the Constitution.

Letter: Budget woes

There is already undeniable public demand for President Barack Obama to take a key action that would expose much of the "dark money" corroding our democracy.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Letter: Genius without education is like silver in the mine

"Genius without education is like silver in the mine." -Benjamin Franklin.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Letter: GOP selects Trump for Alaska

Is the Alaska GOP following the herd like the rest of the Donald Trump supporters? Yes. The Alaska Republican Party selected Donald Trump first and Cruz second.

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