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Editorials

My Turn: Alaska's budget: A history

Unless you've locked yourself in a closet to escape Alaska's media for the past six months, you're undoubtedly aware that state government faces some potentially daunting fiscal challenges.

by JERRY REINWAND

My Turn: Misappropriating a people's history

Should school curricula be modified "based solely on objections to their subject matter or content"? That language is from the Juneau School District's Equity Standards.

by Rich Moniak

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

My Turn: Gratitude

It is interesting to note that scientific research reveals that gratitude increases self-esteem, reduces social comparisons, improves mental health and helps you sleep more restfully. This is ...
By WIN GRUENING

Empire Editorial: We're thankful for ...

Here at the Juneau Empire, we have a lot to be thankful for in 2014. Our circulation and staff have grown, which is thanks to all of you, our loyal readers and advertisers who play a huge part in ...

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

My Turn: What the TAC isn't talking about

The final recommendations of the Tongass Advisory Committee were beginning to coalesce at this last week's meeting in Sitka.
By MALENA MARVIN

Empire Editorial: Give us the whole road

If you're going to build a road out of Juneau, make it a whole road. We're talking about an asphalt and concrete highway that connects to another community; it doesn't matter if it's Skagway or ...

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Alaska Editorial: Southeast lawmakers have chance to create working relationships with new governor

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: Ketchikan has seen better days when it comes to the state Legislature. Sitka Sen.

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Nov. 24, 2014

Thumbs up to governor-elect Walker's transition strategy. This past weekend, Walker gathered more than 250 people at the University of Alaska Anchorage to discuss policy ideas for his new ...

My Turn: Give a little, help a lot

Juneau's nonprofit operating environment, as described in a recent editorial by the Juneau Empire, is a big deal and worth our community's attention.
By KRISTIN BARTLETT and RUSTAN BURTON

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

Empire Editorial: Walker's no-win budget scenario

When Gov.-elect Bill Walker is sworn into office Dec. 1, he's likely to land in the first no-win scenario of his administration. Alaska's independent governor is required to turn in his first ...

A Bishop's Perspective: A time to say 'Gunalchéesh'

On Wednesday of this past week, I was walking home at the end of the workday and after attending to some errands downtown when I was stopped by a gentleman along Egan Highway just beyond the Hanger.
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

My Turn: Time for Alaska to rise as one

Across Alaska, front yards, car bumpers and jacket lapels are shedding campaign signs, stickers and pins. Airwaves, newspapers and social media are focusing again on other aspects of our diverse ...
By BILL WALKER and BYRON MALLOTT

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Empire Editorial: Be careful, the ice monster lurks

Despite the pristine draw of flat, firm, glistening new ice, there's something to be feared below. Although that turquoise ice, deep within the glacier's belly calls, "Come hither," there's danger ...

My Turn: Advertising and the art of truth

"What Campaign Spending?" Maxim Lott asked in an online article a week before the Nov. 4 election. The Fox News headline went on to explain that every year Americans spend more money on Halloween.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

My Turn: Legislatiave wish list to help the disabled

Alaska must change in law how disabled psychiatric patients are protected in the complaint and appeal process.
By DORRANCE COLLINS and FAITH MEYERS

My Turn: Supporting higher education pays dividends

Every single day, as President and CEO of The CIRI Foundation and as chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Alaska Foundation, I proudly do what I love: open pathways to ...
By SUSAN A. ANDERSON

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

My Turn: Time to continue moving Alaska forward

The election is over and the dust has settled. I congratulate Dan Sullivan. He and I disagreed on many issues, but now he is senator and it is time to move forward to address Alaska's needs. It ...
By Sen. MARK BEGICH

Letters to the Editor

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

Letter: Wanton waste

The assertion by the assistant district attorney that the plea deal reached in the wanton waste of a deer and four ducks by two Coast Guard members was an appropriate resolution of the case is ...

Letter: November is Alaska's Juror Appreciation Month

The right to a trial by jury has developed over centuries. The signers of the constitution believed that the rights at issue, including trial by jury, were of such vital importance that they were ...

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Tobacco tax, poor policy

The Juneau Assembly's plan to increase its excise taxes on tobacco products is misguided and should be a concern to our community's residents.

Shelf life for access road

The fiscal situation of our State greatly concerns me, as well as the continued vitality of our state capital. For these very reasons, now is the time to rally behind the proposed alternative 2B, ...

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Letter: Terms up for Begich but work left to be done

I applaud Sen. Mark Begich for not immediately conceding the Senate election, out of respect for every Alaskan voter.

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