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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down for Aug. 3, 2015

Thumbs down to domestic violence. Last week, Alaska Attorney General Craig Richards announced that Alaska police must uphold protective orders issued by tribal courts just the same as protective orders issued by state courts.

My Turn: End the cold war on trust lands

Native peoples throughout the world experience disproportionate levels of violence, the list includes suicide, homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

by DAVID VOLUCK and SARAH DEER

My Turn: In Alaska, a big decision looms

On June 23, the Institute of the North convened a panel discussion to better understand what's at stake in the state's approach to developing Alaska's North Slope natural gas.

by NILS ANDREASSEN

Sunday, Aug 2, 2015

My Turn: Muñoz-Gruening Artist-in-Residence Program shines light on local artists

Ernest Gruening State Historical Park is a small jewel in the Alaska Parks System portfolio of properties. Located 26 miles north of downtown Juneau, it features a cabin built on 13 acres of land ...
By Benjamin Brown

My Turn: Medicaid is overburdened with fraud

Last week, an Anchorage doctor was sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud.
By FRANK McQUEARY

Friday, July 31, 2015

My Turn: GMO labeling is justified for more than just salmon

Rep. Don Young wants the federal government to require labeling of genetically modified fish sold anywhere in the U.S. But how does he feel about other genetically modified foods? Apparently, he ...
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My Turn: Gov. Walker should be required to explain why he isn't violating state law

On July 16, despite low projected oil prices, an ongoing budget crisis, and warnings across the country about cost issues associated with Medicaid expansion, Gov. Bill Walker announced his intent ...
By JOHN COGHILL

My Turn: UAS offers good education close to home

I'm excited to be the new UAS chancellor, with one goal for the university foremost in mind: to help Alaskans improve their lives and to make Alaska an even more prosperous, healthy and rewarding ...
By RICK CAULFIELD

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

My Turn: Celebrating 50 years of Medicare and Medicaid

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law as an amendment to the Social Security Act. Most people who will become eligible for Medicare this year were in ...
By SUSAN JOHNSON and JOHN T. HAMMARLUND

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Turn: One year after disaster, mining threats remain

As a member of the Shtax'heen Kwaan (Stikine Tribe) in Wrangell, I am frightened to think that what happened at Mount Polley could happen here in our back yard now that the Red Chris Mine is ...
By AARON ANGERMAN

My Turn: Tongass programs growing in right direction

The Alaska Travel Industry Association has consistently advocated Congress to address the critical decline in federal funding for the Tongass National Forest recreation program.
By SARAH LEONARD

My Turn: Faith support for marriage equality

Recent polls indicate the U.S. populace is split in its reaction to the June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-gender marriage. Many assume that people of faith line up with the opponents of ...
By Phil Campbell

Monday, July 27, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for July 27, 2015

Thumbs up to debate. Tradition or terror? Eyesore or artistic? We could be talking about the Mississippi state flag, or we could be referring to the sculpture named Nimbus. We could even be ...

My Turn: Medicaid expansion is a good thing

Last week, Gov. Bill Walker announced he would use his constitutional authority to expand Medicaid in Alaska.
By REP. ADAM WOOL

My Turn: Nimbus is a relic of the '60s and '70s

An appreciation can be shown toward Mr. Preston and Mr. Smetzer for their comments made in the Juneau Empire on the sculpture "Nimbus". Thank you for your interest. The question: why would Mr. ...
By R.D. ROBINSON

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Turn: Alaska can't afford Medicaid expansion before reform

Total Medicaid spending exceeded $1.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2015, and will grow to $2.8 billion by 2025 even without expansion. Medicaid in its current form is unsustainable and is the biggest ...
By SEN. PETE KELLY

My Turn: It's not clean water advocates who missed the boat on cruise ship dumping

In addition to getting the facts wrong, Win Gruening's My Turn on cruise ship dumping also missed the boat.
By GUY ARCHIBALD

Letters to the Editor

Will a statue of William Seward be a reminder of Jim Crow in Alaska?

The Juneau Community Foundation and KTOO-FM, honorable organizations that support the arts in Juneau, are leading a fundraising campaign for a 10-foot marble statue of William Seward in our ...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Letter: Foundation is doing right by Sen. Stevens

On behalf of the Ted Stevens Foundation, we wish to respond to your attack on the senator's legacy in your July 21 editorial.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Smoke-free workplaces save money and lives

Thank you to Gov. Bill Walker for expanding medicaid to cover 40,000 previously uninsured Alaskans! The No. 1 concern over expanding Medicaid is its proposed cost. The costs of providing medical ...

Letter: Statues' similarity tell of self-plagiarism

Here are two sculptures. You'll recognize one as Nimbus. The other, Quinnipiac, sits on the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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