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Empire Editorial: If Seattle doesn't want Shell, head north to the future

On Monday morning, a woman hanging on the anchor chain of an oil-drilling support ship finally left her post of protest with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard.

My Turn: EPA is at it again

While Juneau is working on its economic development plan, the federal government is back at adopting costly and burdensome new regulations at the expense of sustainable growth.

by NEIL MACKINNON

My Turn: New definition for military 'Dereliction of Duty'

President Obama has taken his "climate change" (aka "global warming") out of the political arena or any scientific arena other than the opinions of "climatologists" (including the opinions of over 2,000 college students majoring in "climatology").

by JACK CADIGAN

Empire Editorial: Patriot Act hasn't lived up to its name

In the pursuit of those who might one day harm U.S. citizens, the civil rights of every American have been stepped on for almost 14 years. The Patriot Act, among other things, has allowed the bulk ...

My Turn: Oil tax myths

In the ongoing statewide budget battle, it is predictable that dialogue would become heated and arguments would turn emotional. In some cases, peoples' livelihood are at stake and long held ...
By WIN GRUENING

Monday, May 25, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for May 25, 2015

Thumbs up to veterans. Today is Veterans Day, and while you may be out enjoying the sun in a kayak or with your barbecue grill, take a moment to think about the reason we have this holiday and why ...

My Turn: An overdue ounce of prevention

We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive.
By DONNA WALKER

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Empire Editorial: Time for a legislative remodel

The Legislature needs some remodeling, and not the kind that took place at legislative information office in Anchorage.

My Turn: Government shutdown won't happen

On Monday, Gov. Bill Walker sent an email to 15,000 state employees warning them about a government shutdown starting July 1. He told these Alaskans it was the Legislature's fault for not passing ...
By SEN. KEVIN MEYER

Friday, May 22, 2015

Empire Editorial: Don't sacrifice tomorrow for tonight

This weekend hundreds of Juneau high school graduates will have much to celebrate. We're sure they will in a variety of ways, and in all likelihood alcohol will be involved in at least a few ...

My Turn: Murkowski on Arctic ignorance: Let it go!

The United States assumed the chairmanship of the Arctic Council last month in an international event held in Canada and attended by leaders from around the world. Unfortunately, it seems like ...
By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Smaller PFD check is a nudge in the right direction

Should the Legislature vote to tap into the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve to end the budget stalemate? That's what The Empire recommended on Tuesday in an editorial.
By Rich Moniak

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Turn: $1.5 million means much in quest to defeat domestic violence

What does the $1.5 million taken from our budget mean to Alaska's sexual assault and domestic violence prevention work? When Gov. Bill Walker called the Alaska Legislature back into session, the $1.
By LAUREE MORTON

Empire Editorial: Unacceptable.

Holding a special session in Anchorage to finish Alaska's operating budget is unacceptable. One hundred and two years ago, the first Alaska Legislature met in Juneau. When its members convened on ...

My Turn: Will rise of nonreligious reshape US politics?

Don't expect any official "Atheists for Hillary" outreach, but political progressives are cheered by a study showing a rise in the number of nonreligious Americans.
By ALBERT HUNT

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Empire Editorial: Lawmakers must use the Permanent Fund earnings reserve to solve budget impasse

Now, it's personal. On Monday morning, state employees received an unpleasant message from Gov. Bill Walker. If the Legislature can't come to an agreement on a budget by July 1, the state will lay ...

Monday, May 18, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for May 18, 2015

Thumbs up to a good opening. Judged by nothing else than its length, Friday's ceremony to dedicate the Walter Soboleff Building was an event to remember. Of course, it went beyond that.

My Turn: Kenai River Sport Fishing Association wields a big stick

The recent shenanigans of Kenai River Sport Fishing Association (KRSA) against local and well-respected Kenai Peninsula Borough resident Robert Ruffner were a classic demonstration of political ...
By KEN TARBOX

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Alaska legislators, get it together

I have taken many moments over the last five months to take the time to sit down and send you my thoughts as an Alaska resident and mother of two children in the hopes that some if not all of you ...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Alaska's schools need fair funding

We see in the news every day about how the Alaska Legislature is working on deep cutbacks for fire, police, road maintenance, schools and all the other state departments.

Does minority want shutdown?

Members of the Alaska House minority are not working in good faith with their majority counterparts. They want to spend an extra $50 million-$150 million that we cannot afford. The majority of ...

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