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Empire Editorial: Juneau can have its whale and more housing

Someone get Coogan Construction Company some land - quick. Juneau needs 60 more housing units, at the least.

My Turn: Obama has another kind of climate change denial

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, has said President Barack Obama isn't a friend to Alaskans.

by Rich Moniak

My Turn: Untapped potential in the Arctic

Congress is inching closer to passing the first major energy legislation since America became a global energy leader. Since the last energy bill was approved in 2007, we've become the world's leading producer of oil and natural gas.

by ERIK MILITO

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

My Turn: It's not too late to move whale sculpture

I think it's fair to say that Juneau has yet to voice enthusiastic support for city plans to build a park near the Juneau-Douglas Bridge as a location for the planned whale sculpture.
By WIN GRUENING

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Empire Editorial: Denali: A wrong made right

When it comes to North America’s highest peak, a wrong has finally been made right. Alaskans everywhere — from Ketchikan to Kaktovik — celebrated to the news when U.S. Department of the Interior ...

My Turn: It's time for a better dialogue on mining

Over the past few months some observers in Alaska have expressed fears about mineral exploration and mining development in northwestern British Columbia. The concerns primarily relate to water ...
By GAVIN DIROM

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

My Turn: The changing Arctic presents opportunity to thrive, if we act now

The U.S. has been an Arctic nation since it purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867, yet no sitting President has ever ventured to the Alaskan Arctic. That changed when President Barack Obama arrived ...
By RON DUNCAN and REGGIE JOULE

My Turn: Young leaders lend voices on culture and climate change

On Sunday during the opening of the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic (GLACIER), I had the opportunity to meet some extraordinary young Alaskans who are taking important steps to make ...
By SALLY JEWELL

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

My Turn: A model for Alaska's road to economic growth: Boutique steps

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent; it is the one most capable of change" - Charles Darwin "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and ...
By DR. ASHOK K. ROY AND DR. SHIVA HULLAVARAD

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to a rescue that concluded with a happy ending. On Friday, a 23-year-old hiker from Colorado was rescued by SEADOGs and Juneau Mountain Rescue near Sunny Cove.

My Turn: Climate change impacts Alaskan life

Our wild fish - especially salmon - are a big part of my life. My family moved to Craig seven years ago, and in this short time fishing has become an integral part of my teenage years.
By PATRICK MARSHALL

My Turn: Location, expertise and timing: Three reasons Northwest Alaska is ready for an opening Arctic

The State Department's Special Representative for the Arctic, Admiral Robert J. Papp (USCG ret.), came to Anchorage a year ago this month.
By WAYNE WESTLAKE

Sunday, Aug 30, 2015

Sharing arts stories with NEA chair

The National Endowment for the Arts is a federal agency poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary next month, and Alaska is fortunate to have had a very special visitor on the eve of that celebration.
By Benjamin Brown

Empire Editorial: We wish you were here, Mr. President

Welcome to Alaska, President Obama! We wish you were here. Sure, we're happy to send a reporter and photographer to welcome you to Anchorage, but we think you'd be much happier here in Juneau.

My Turn: Is Murkowski voting her conscience on the Iran deal?

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has joined the GOP chorus that will vote against the Iran nuclear agreement. It's conceivable that, as she claims, her decision was based on an objective examination ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: President has the right spotlight on climate change

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska said last week that she hopes President Barack Obama does not merely use Alaska as a backdrop to talk about climate change and that the trip will highlight the ...
By Kate Troll

Friday, Aug 28, 2015

Empire Editorial: Bennett's visit reason for cautious optimism

It's no secret that when it comes to the topic of transboundary mining issues, the opinion pages of the Juneau Empire have flowed one direction.

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

My Turn: Sullivan: President must experience 'real' Alaska through its people

Alaska has benefited from many Presidential visits, and it's always good to have the national spotlight shine on us.
By SEN. DAN SULLIVAN

My Turn: Murkowski: President's Alaska goal should be partnership

As Alaskans, we take great pride in welcoming visitors to our beautiful state. That is especially true when our guest is the President of the United States.
By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Letter: Less talk, more housing

The price of crude has Juneau's oil-fueled state paychecks seriously threatened. Then, the front page of Friday's Juneau Empire sounded another alarm about our future health and prosperity.

Letter: Dispatch publisher holds secret meeting with President

Whenever the President has a sit-down meeting or participates in a think tank, it's considered public information and the White House releases the list of participants.

Monday, Aug 31, 2015

Letter: Marijuana control in commercial and residential areas

City and Borough of Juneau committees are currently deciding how to accommodate and encourage a new economic and commercial activity in Juneau - marijuana cultivation, processing and selling.

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015

Letter: Let Medicaid expansion come to a vote

Political differences shouldn't create a political stalemate. The decision to spend $450,000 on law firms, to block the millions in state budget savings we'd get from Medicaid expansion, unwisely ...

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