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Empire Editorial: Legislature did a D+ job in 2016

No session of the Alaska Legislature is perfect. This one was far from it. Two years ago, we awarded the Legislature a B+ grade for passing education reform, pension reform and a natural gas pipeline bill, plus the state's annual budget bills.

My Turn: Kudos to those willing to tackle tough issues - how can we help?

Juneau is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. It offers an idyllic waterfront setting with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Cultural and recreational activities abound and our sense of community is extraordinary.


My Turn: Alaska Wilderness League disregards Alaskans

When it comes to Arctic policy and developing Alaska’s offshore resources, the Alaska Native perspective has been overwhelmingly ignored in favor of outside voices that aim to utilize...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

My Turn: Reinbold is wrong about Alaska's criminal justice reform

Rep. Lora Reinbold recently argued in the Juneau Empire and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Senate Bill 91 (criminal justice reform) will not reduce recidivism or improve public safety, but will ...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Letter: Love thy neighbor and support the ordinance

The other evening, I was having dinner with some friends. These friends truly follow in the path of Jesus. They give their time, they give their money, and most of all they give their love to ...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My Turn: How Juneau police, and our community, must respond to recent tragedies

Last week, there was an ambush of police officers in Dallas, resulting in the murder of five Dallas area police officers. That day was the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

My Turn: 'Disgusted' with Alaska House's inaction

After reading your article “House adjourns without deficit fix,” I am disgusted with the House and especially with Speaker of the House Mike Chenault for gaveling out the House without taking one ...

Alaska Editorial: Bill assists aviation

The following editorial first appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News: We'll be up in the air for another year. An aviation bill headed to President Barack Obama will favorably affect Alaska, its ...

Alaska Editorial: Legislature fails once again

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: Throughout the regular, extended and special sessions of the Legislature this year, it was sometimes difficult to tell who ...

Monday, July 18, 2016

My Turn: Prayer for America

A few days ago we celebrated 240 years of American Independence. July 4, 1776 marked the United States', then 13 colonies, Declaration of Independence from Britain.

My Turn: Reapportionment

Reapportionment. The word itself stirs the blood; … well, actually, no. It doesn't. Most eyes in a room will roll whenever the word is spoken aloud.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

My Turn: A society's laws define what is impermissible and thereby what is condoned

Gov. Bill Walker has signed Senate Bill 91, enacting it into law. It has been hailed as a criminal justice reform and budget saving step forward. But, let's peel back the marketing labels and look ...

My Turn: There is only one way to stop attacks on the PFD

On June 29, we witnessed something unheard of in Alaska.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Empire Editorial: Welcome to polarized Alaska

This week, the Empire published the results of a survey that indicated vast support among Alaskans for an amendment to the state constitution calling for term limits. We support this idea, but we ...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Turn: Veto of tax credit payments damages Alaska

At first glance, Gov. Bill Walker's veto of payments for tax credits to the oil industry may appear to be a bold move to save money for the state in a time of crisis.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Fish and fishermen all headed to Kenai

The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion: Brace yourselves - they're coming. For folks watching the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's sonar estimates on the Kenai River, ...

My Turn: What are they thinking?

I am writing to express my appreciation of and support for the anti-discrimination ordinance before the Juneau Assembly. I am also writing to express my bafflement at the position of our local ...
By Michelle Bonnet Hale

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Time and Tongass

The U.S. Forest Service has released an amended Tongass Land Management Plan, along with a draft record of decision and a final environmental impact statement.

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Letter: Here's an idea to bring in revenue

I returned to Juneau after three years of retirement to enjoy the Fourth of July activities and hear the latest political news.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Letter: To those who serve

To The local police, firefighters, EMS, and all who wear the badge, thanks from one of your own, who sees what you do. THANK YOU! In Hoonah we lost two police officers, the Fairbanks Alaska State ...

Letter: What you need to know about the new diesel generation plant

I was interested to read about Avista's July 14 presentation to the Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Here are some interesting, related items that were not reported on regarding the new diesel ...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Letter: Peterson's Pretzels car magnet "found"

I must admit I am embarrassed. In a moment of frustration, I submitted a Letter to the Editor in hopes of persuading a suspected thief to return my property.

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