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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June 2015.

Alaska Editorial: A solution for the Marine Highway

Alaska's ferry system is sailing in stormy seas these days, buffeted by a growing tempest of unfavorable conditions with no safe harbor yet in sight.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

My Turn: 'The Road' isn't on course with Gov. Walker's fiscal goals

Cutting the cost of state government is a vital component of Gov. Bill Walker's sustainable budget proposal. Every little bit helps.
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Smaller dividends are painful but prudent

Alaskans will soon receive our annual dividend checks. This year's $1,022 check for every qualified resident will help Alaska families with things like winter fuel, food and clothes, holiday gifts ...

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Alaska Editorial: A tale of two Alaska buildings

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Thursday was an eventful day for spending on buildings in Alaska. In Anchorage, members of the Legislature finalized the ...

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

League Points to Ponder: How to make democracy work

Let's make democracy work by improving civics education in our schools and community. Our future well-being depends on people sensibly cooperating for effective action and engaging in open debate.

Empire Editorial: Mark Begich for Interior Secretary

We heard last week that some Alaskans - including some here in Juneau - are asking Mark Begich to launch a write-in campaign for U.S. Senate. We'd like them to think bigger. We'd like him to be ...

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Homelessness affects the whole community

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: Anyone can experience homelessness. That notion should be viewed as the foundation for efforts to assist the homeless population ...

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Ketchikan library needs support

This editorial originally ran in the Ketchikan Daily News: Ketchikan's library is a showpiece enjoyed throughout the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, including outside of city limits. That's not to say ...

My Turn: State's AlaskaCare Retiree Health Plan needs administrator oversight

On Jan. 1, 2014, Mike Barnhill, deputy commissioner of the Department of Administration, implemented a new appeal process for the state's AlaskaCare Health Plans.

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

My Turn: Tourists will judge the value of Juneau's whale park

In his Sept. 9 commentary, Win Gruening was right to criticize the Empire Readers' Council for speculating about the motives behind the head tax lawsuit filed against the City and Borough of Juneau.
By Rich Moniak

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

My Turn: What happens in Canada doesn't stay in Canada

Alaskans are being asked to essentially bear all the risks and none of the economic benefits for nearly a dozen massive Canadian mines in the headwaters of the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary ...

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

League Points to Ponder: Nonpartisanship in local elections

Our Assembly and School Board members are elected on a nonpartisan basis.

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Just say 'no'

It is with amusement that I read the City and Borough of Juneau Voter Information pamphlet on propositions 1, 2 and 3. These are all related to sales taxes.

Vote for Mary Becker

As a small business owner, I'd like to comment on the current Assembly races.

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Letter: Where my vote goes this Assembly election

I have been a Juneau resident for the last 34 years. I don't write letters to the editor often, but I am very concerned with what our city is turning into.

Letter: Kate Troll for Juneau's future

Kate Troll is a woman who can roll up her sleeves and get to work - and that's exactly what we need right now on the Juneau Assembly. We are facing huge challenges with the budget deficit and the ...

Letter: In support of Munoz

I wanted to state that Representative Cathy Munoz is the most active and involved politician I have ever observed. If someone were to examine this singular aspect of her term, one could only ...

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