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My Turn: Why it's still scary to be gay

Another senseless slaughter in the name of religion took place in Orlando two weeks ago. I mourn the victims who were simply out for an evening of dancing and camaraderie with friends old and new. Then the unthinkable happened, again.

by RICHARD COMPSON SATER

My Turn: Makers and takers

"Trickle-down" theories of wealth have always struck me as bogus. Now I have no doubt. I have a reading list (below), and my thinking is in these paragraphs.

by JERRY SMETZER

Sunday, June 26, 2016

My Turn: The rule according to fundamentalist revisionism

As we've come to expect after every mass shooting, the U.S. Senate failed to consider any meaningful gun control measures. This display of impotence by what was once the world's most lauded ...
By Rich Moniak

Friday, June 24, 2016

Empire Editorial: Optional programs shouldn't be forced

Private business and government can make for odd bedfellows, and even more so when government oversteps its role. But if they're not careful, city leaders may create a new problem while trying to ...

My Turn: City response to cruise industry complaint is myopic

After the City and Borough of Juneau was served with a lawsuit by the cruise industry in April, it seemed both sides would reach an amicable agreement.
By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: On the Denali wolves

I would like to comment on the Letter to the Editor on Tuesday from Joel Bennett asking for the state to protect wolves crossing the boundary from Denali National Park to adjacent state lands.
By RON SOMERVILLE

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Empire Editorial: What if PFDs aren't 'permanent'?

Sometime in the next 10 days, you should expect Gov. Bill Walker to veto all or part of the funding for your Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. We're warning you ahead of time.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Keep smoking rates headed in the right direction

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: Some good news last week from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services: smoking rates across the state have declined ...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Unmanned police aircraft should be used judiciously

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Among the symbols of advancing technology, heightened focus on security and fears of eroding privacy rights, it's hard to ...

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Turn: Providing a lifeline for refugees

You've seen them; you know them. They're soldiers, doctors, restauranteurs, vendors, teachers, custodians, and, yes, taxi drivers. They're our neighbors, friends, family and colleagues.
By ROBERT CAREY

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Empire Editorial: Alaskans' passion for the PFD is a hug of death

You can hug something to death, you know. Alaskans are about to learn that lesson. On Friday, the House Finance Committee voted 5-6 against moving Senate Bill 128 out of committee and on to the ...

Friday, June 17, 2016

My Turn: LGBT protections

Living in a great place like Juneau, we often think of injustice as happening somewhere else. Many people are surprised to learn that in Alaska today, it's legal to fire someone because they're gay.
By JESSE KIEHL

My Turn: Preparation is key during fire season to minimize loss

With the region's mild winter, wildfire season is starting early this year. As of Monday, there are more than one million acres nationwide that have been lost to wildfires, according to the ...
By ANNA O'DONNELL

Thursday, June 16, 2016

My Turn: Focus on men's health and safety in June

In June, we celebrate Father's Day, Men's Health Month and National Safety Month. These separate observances have a common theme - we can use them as an opportunity to focus on the health of the ...
By SUSAN JOHNSON

Empire Editorial: Downgrade comes as no surprise

If anything surprises us about Fitch Ratings' downgrade of Alaska's credit rating, it's that the decision took this long. Fitch was the last of the three major credit rating agencies to downgrade ...

My Turn: We are Juneau

By ELLIOTT TIBBITTS

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Time drawing short to pass critical earnings reform measure

The Alaska Legislature still hasn’t decided to make meaningful progress toward closing the $4 billion budget shortfall the state faces in the coming fiscal year and how to deal with the certain ...

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Letter: Thank you for speaking up for equality

Thank you to the Juneau Borough Assembly for the Special Assembly Committee of the Whole special meeting on Tuesday, June 21 for public testimony on Ordinance 2016-23.

Letter: Tourism profits Wrangell more than logging

Tongass National Forest supervisor Earl Stewart will soon destroy the magnificent Wrangel Island rainforest to please his corporate masters. He proposes to log 8.3 square miles and construct 32 ...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Letter: Here is why we build the whale sculpture

Why do people go to Paris, or London or Rome? Not to see whales or soaring mountains and waterfalls, glaciers and wildlife, but to see the Eiffel Tower, Parliament, the sculpted fountains, art and ...

Letter: Pass the ordinance to protect the LBGTQ community

My name is Richard Jay Carter, and I am from Palmer. I'd like to start by saying thank you for hearing what the people of Juneau have to say on this issue.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Letter: For reasonable regulation of guns

Judging from their statements, the leaders of the NRA want everyone to carry weapons. They apparently believe that more weapons will make us safer.

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