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Empire Editorial: Dunbar offers Alaska a fresh face and fresh start

It's an unfortunate thing to watch when someone once considered great won't accept when it's time to move on.
We saw it with Michael Jordan's final two years of pro basketball with the Washington Wizards.

My Turn: Spending half a billion dollars is always a political decision

The expression "money is politics" succinctly describes the new era of campaign spending, particularly when looking at the role money plays when federal, state and local governments establish capital and operating budgets. This is why Gov.

by Rich Moniak

My Turn: It's time to change Juneau's sales tax policies

Past spending decisions by the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly and its city manager, combined with revenue shortfalls, left our city facing multi-million dollar budget deficits this fiscal year and into the future.

by MAX E. MERTZ

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

My Turn: Parnell committed to protecting those in the Alaska National Guard

As an Alaskan, a mother, and First Lady who cares deeply about our families and our future, I was disturbed to learn about the very serious problems in the Alaska National Guard.
By SANDY PARNELL

My Turn: 'The Road' conversation needs a new subject

Dear fellow Juneauites, are you sick of 'The Road' debate yet? I am. I've been living in Juneau for more than 20 years, and the same road debate has been raging with the same tired arguments ...
By BOB DEERING

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

My Turn: Parnell, Sullivan vilified for protecting Alaska's sovereignty

This is in response to a column written recently by Fred John Jr. titled, "Continuing the work of Katie John," published recently in the Juneau Empire.
By RON SOMERVILLE

My Turn: Scientists who know say 'no' to legal pot

On Nov. 4, Alaskans will consider Ballot Measure 2, an initiative to legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. And those who support that commercial trade are investing ...
By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

My Turn: The serious costs of maijuana

With collectively more than 60 years of experience in the field of medicine in Alaska, we have grave concerns about and oppose the legalization and commercialization of marijuana in Alaska. When ...
By DR. STEVEN COMPTON, DR. PAULA COLESCOTT and DR. MARY ANN FOLAND

Alaska Editorial: Judge's ruling correct on marriage, but governor has right to appeal

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: On Sunday, Oct. 12, U.S.

My Turn: If pot law passes, Alaskans will be in control

Ballot Measure 2 is an initiative that would tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana in Alaska.
By TIM HINTERBERGER

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs up to Alaska Day. As usual, Saturday's celebrations across Southeast Alaska were stellar examples of community involvement and spirit.

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

My Turn: Parnell's honesty vs. Walker's cynicism

Peggy Noonan's "What I Saw at the Revolution," published in 1990, remains a classic in my political library. A favorite passage is instructive, especially during the heated few weeks before the ...
By PAULETTE SIMPSON

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

My Turn: 2B or not 2B

2B or not 2B, that is the question asked during the Alaska Department of Transportation's public meeting Tuesday on the supplemental Environmental Impact Statement regarding "The Road.
By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: A common neighbor as legislator

When George McGuan decided to run for statehouse, it seemed like he might just be filling the Democratic Party void that's let Rep. Cathy Muñoz run unopposed the past two elections.
By Rich Moniak

Supreme Court must stop attacks on abortion rights

The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times: In 1973, the Supreme Court held in Roe vs.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

My Turn: Alaska can't regulate marijuana like alcohol

Lower 48 organizations and individuals have funded approximately 98 percent of the campaign to legalize, commercialize and industrialize marijuana in Alaska, spending more than $800,000 and counting.
By DEBORAH WILLIAMS

My Turn: Let's not cook the goose that lays the golden eggs

According to Southeast Conference, Southeast Alaska's economy is increasingly stable, diverse and strong.
By MALENA MARVIN

Alaska Editorial: Gamble's request from UA campuses points toward new policy

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Inevitable. That's what some things are. You know them: death, taxes and extremely cold winters in Fairbanks. Add ...

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

My Turn: Setting the record straight on Sen. Begich

There are more than a few problems with Paulette Simpson's Sept. 15 My Turn blasting Sen. Mark Begich.
By DIXIE HOOD

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Letter: Dan Sulivan chose to prosecute Alaska Natives

Alaska Natives need know about U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan's deeply troubling record of waging a war against Alaska Natives when he was supposed to be protecting us as Alaska's attorney ...

Letter: Parnell supports tourism, so I support him

In my 44 years in the Alaskan tourism industry, I am proud and honored to write in support of our states' 10th chief executive, Gov. Sean Parnell.

Letter: Juneau is better off because of Cathy Muñoz

When electing a representative, there are more factors to consider than merely catchy slogans, fancy yard signs and bumper stickers.

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

Letter: Being Native should not be the qualifier for appointment

Bill Walker's Facebook page makes the following statements: • "Alaska Natives have got to encourage the next Governor to open the doors and create a diverse Cabinet to include Natives.

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