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Empire Editorial: Good work, JPD

Last week, the Alaska State Troopers released a surprising fact.

My Turn: Negotiating the rapids of Arctic, Alaska oil and natural gas reserves

Three major events occurring between 2006 and 2008 depict the increasing interest for access and control of oil /natural gas resources in the Arctic and its major passages.

by ASHOK K. ROY and SHIVA HULLAVARAD

Monday, March 2, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for March 3, 2015

Thumbs up to endurance. On Saturday afternoon, Scott Faeo and Eric Quam rode their snowmachines across the Iron Dog finish line in Fairbanks, ending a grueling 2,000-mile competition that earned ...

My Turn: Cheer 'Out Loud' for poetry

In the second week of March, Juneau once again will welcome young Alaskans from across the Last Frontier to the capital city for the statewide finals of Poetry Out Loud.
By Ben Brown

Sunday, March 1, 2015

My Turn: Medicaid expansion is the right choice

Gov. Bill Walker, like other Republican and Democratic governors who have hopped on board, is right that accepting Medicaid expansion will save Alaska money and cut our budget deficit.
By REP. LES GARA

Empire Editorial: $1 per tank would buy a working ferry system

On Friday, the Alaska House Finance subcommittee on the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities finalized its adjustments to Gov. Bill Walker's proposed transportation budget. The ...

My Turn: Minister Bennett's words carry little weight for Alaskans

A recent editorial in the Juneau Empire by British Columbia Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett is a slap in the face to we Alaskans who derive our livelihoods from healthy fisheries.
By MATT BOLINE

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Empire Editorial: The price of a windfall

Saving $3.25 billion can be a bad thing. A few years ago, Dish Network - the satellite TV provider - bid $7.8 billion for the rights to bits of the wireless spectrum.

My Turn: The folly of Chenault's federal land grab

If House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has his way, the Tongass National Forest and another 150 million acres of federally owned land will soon become state of Alaska property.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

My Turn: Sealaska receives new ANCSA land

In the final days of 2014, Congress passed legislation that moved the U.S. government closer to fulfilling its promise to return Native lands to Sealaska shareholders.
By ANTHONY MALLOTT and JOSEPH NELSON

My Turn: A unique approach to housing pioneers

Gov. Bill Walker has bravely announced huge cuts in the operating and capital budgets. These cuts will impinge upon my favorite programs. Just like you, I'm one of those much maligned "special ...
By JIM CRAWFORD

Empire Editorial: Secondhand smoke is a threat statewide

There's been a lot of talk lately about marijuana. We'd like to talk to you about tobacco instead. We know: It's not as sexy a topic, but it's even more important. Each year, 40,000 Americans die ...

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Empire Editorial: Dumplings, climate change and the price of a ski pass

The other day, we overheard two men talking about the world's situation over lunch at a downtown restaurant. One man was complaining to the other about Russia's actions in Ukraine, comparing them ...

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

Empire Editorial: Thank you for toking (responsibly)

Today it will be 4:20 all day as Alaskans celebrate legalized recreational marijuana in the state. Some might consider this day a victory. Others will call it a milestone. A few will say it's a ...

My Turn: Governor Walker: Alaska has a place at the boardroom table

For the last four decades, Alaskans have waited to see their North Slope natural gas developed and brought both to Alaskan homes and global markets.
By SEN. CATHY GIESSEL

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

A Bishop's Perspective: Suicide is never a solution

Alaska has the highest suicide rate in the United States, and suicide has had a particularly devastating impact on rural and village Alaska, where so many young people, most of whom are Alaska ...
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

Letters to the Editor

Monday, March 2, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Chime in on Chuitna

Although we sometimes seem to be far removed, the people of Southeast and the rest of Alaska do have at least one thing in common: Fish come first. No, this is not about the Board of Fisheries or ...

Ending a life of suffering

I recently read Bishop Burns' column, "Suicide is never a solution". I couldn't agree more with his position relative to our suicide rate, especially among young people and in Bush communities.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight on being homeless

I've read in the newspaper a lot about homelessness recently. I find the people writing about folks never had to live in shelters or on the streets. I'd just like to set a few things straight here.

Letter to the Editor: Judicial Council and typos

I could not agree more with your editorial on the very bad idea of increasing the Alaska Judicial Council's membership. It has been the very model of equity and fairness, and never has there been ...

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