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Empire Editorial: Be smart with your PFD - don't just spend, save

Amid much anticipation Wednesday, Gov. Sean Parnell announced this year's Permanent Fund Dividend amount to be $1,884. Sure, we'll take it. As will roughly 641,489 fellow Alaskans when checks are distributed on Oct. 2.

My Turn: Juneau's tennis tragedy

Besides the tragedy of the downtown swimming pool, Juneau has a tennis tragedy.
One of only three indoor courts in Juneau is being shut down by the Juneau Racquet Club. Swimmers and tennis players are distraught.

by PAGE BRIDGES

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

My Turn: Walker's statements threaten gasline progress, jobs

We've had a run of great news on the natural gas front in Alaska.
By GOV. SEAN PARNELL

My Turn: Sullivan shouldn't ask for votes without offering answers

One of the most valuable lessons I learned growing up in Alaska is that getting results isn't done with Republican ideas or Democratic ideas, it's done with Alaska ideas.
By Sen. MARK BEGICH

My Turn: Walk in the shoes of a minimum wage worker

I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today. Minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I ...
By ROGER SMITH

Alaska Editorial: Report on Alaska National Guard shocks, disappoints

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "I am extremely frustrated and I am angry that it has taken this long to get to the bottom of these issues.

My Turn: Governor fails to meet his own principles on 'Choose Respect'

More than four years ago, Alaska National Guard chaplains went directly to Gov. Sean Parnell to describe a culture of abuse and substantial deficiencies in the Guard chain of command.
By SENS. HOLLIS FRENCH AND BERTA GARDNER

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

My Turn: Obamacare latest assault on Alaskans

Over the weekend Alaskans learned that the Affordable Care Act is seriously misnamed. The state's Division of Insurance announced that average premiums for health care plans available on the ...
By JEREMY PRICE

My Turn: Is the Postal Service really losing money?

What if I was to tell you that the U.S.
By MICK LOWRY

Empire Editorial: Keep Alaska neutral in the airline wars

United Airlines used to encourage Americans to "fly the friendly skies." Those skies have become a bit grim lately. With passengers feuding over reclining seats, legroom and fees, flying has ...

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down

Thumbs down to a disgusting situation at the Waterside trailer park. We can understand the disgust with overflowing sewage pipes, but threatening large-scale DNA testing to find the culprit behind ...

My Turn: Begich hasn't lived up to Uncle Ted's legacy

A few years following a personal loss, I received a slim volume of poetry titled, "An Unfinished Life - Diary of a Fatal Illness and other works." Written by Barbara Sigmund, it was published in ...
By PAULETTE SIMPSON

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

TOE toon for Sunday, Sept. 14

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My Turn: Who are Begich and Sullivan fighting for?

"We need a fighter in Washington, D.C." Dan Sullivan said when he kicked off his campaign for the U.S. Senate. "We don't have that. We have a rubber stamp." He is, of course, referring to Sen.
By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Mallott, Walker and the sprint to November

Alaska isn't divided between red and blue, Republican and Democrat; it's divided between Xtratufs and bunny boots. The boundary between the two starts at the Canadian border in the middle of ...

Defeating the violence and ideology of ISIS

The horrific videotaped beheadings last month of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff have become emblematic of the ruthless barbarism of the so-called Islamic State and its ...
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Alaska Editorial: Regents make right on bonus issue

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: On Monday, the University of Alaska's Board of Regents gathered to consider the issue of President Patrick Gamble's ...

My Turn: Site of future whale sculpture less than ideal

Let us begin by declaring our strong support for artist Skip Wallen and his magnificent sculpture, which will soon grace our downtown waterfront.
By PAUL VOELCKERS, JEFF BUSH and REED STOOPS

Letters to the Editor

Letter: Begich served proudly as mayor and now as senator

It's come to my attention that attacks about Sen. Mark Begich's record as Anchorage's mayor are running in ads across the state. I'm writing to set the record straight and share my personal ...

Letter: Constitution - Smon-stitution: Who Cares?

Old hat. Dead in the water. We have moved on. Oh, really? Would you believe that Constitution Day (old label: "Citizenship Day") is an American federal observance that celebrates the adoption of ...

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Letters: Win-win scenarios 'still not out of style'

Over the years I've felt it was appropriate to write the Juneau Empire regarding issues that needed more widespread recognition or attention than I could give on my own. This is one such instance.

Letters: Dan Sullivan will do more with less

I have carefully considered the candidates running for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat. One of many issues to consider - and perhaps most important - are the candidates' character. There is clear and ...

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Letter:

I have carefully considered the candidates running for Alaska's U.S. Senate seat. One of many issues to consider - and perhaps most important - is the candidate's character. There is clear and ...

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