Empire editorial: An important discussion

The League of Women Voters will host a forum at 7 p.m. Monday at the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly Chambers, 155 S. Seward Street.

The purpose of the forum is to shed light on the Assembly’s proposed ballot measure which would, if passed by the Assembly and by voters, allow Juneau to opt out of the Alaska Public Offices Commission’s rules requiring certain city officials and candidates to fill out financial disclosure forms. Instead, those in the city currently required to fill out those forms would instead disclose financial information through a system created by the city. It’s certainly a topic that can be confusing, and we appreciate the League’s offer to host a discussion and we encourage anyone who can attend to do so.

The forum is not intended to debate the issue, though that type of parley may be in the future if the proposal becomes a ballot measure. Instead, several people will try to outline not just what the proposal would do, but also what APOC’s role is and what its guidelines require. There will also be speakers discussing the benefits of the Juneau ordinance, as well as those raising concerns about it. After those viewpoints are heard — hopefully in about 45 minutes — the rest of the two-hour forum will be dedicated to addressing questions from the audience.

The Empire has expressed our concerns about this proposed change before, and will do so again at Monday’s forum. But we are pleased not just with the League’s initiative in organizing the discussion, but also that voices opposite ours, as well as those offering explanation, will be given fair chances to present their thoughts without, we hope, yelling or pointless bickering. The opportunity to gather information on this issue in the relative calm of June will be valuable if Juneau’s voters are called upon to make a decision in a possibly volatile October election season.


Sat, 02/25/2017 - 20:01

My Turn: Arts council restructuring presents great opportunities

As Alaska faces the most severe fiscal crisis since statehood, Alaskans are responding in a variety of ways. These responses are individual, as people adjust their spending habits and economic choices, and collective, as government locally and statewide seeks ways to economize, become more efficient and reconsider methods of doing business that have gone unchanged for decades.

Read more
Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:09

Conservative group’s carbon plan gives us hope for climate change action

The following editorial first appeared in The Dallas Morning News: Read more

Letter: Drug war disasters re-emerge

“Drug-related property crimes” emerges as the latest scare call from Capitol building operants. An array of poorly correlated data and distorted interpretations embellishes the rhetoric of the state legislature. That’s what politicians do — if we continue to encourage said behaviors.

Read more

Smallest of lives

“Here in the arctic, the smallest of lives are miraculous,” said poet Terry Tempest Williams during a trip to ANWR.

Read more


  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback