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Editorials

My Turn: Death and taxes

"Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes." — Benjamin Franklin, 1789

by WIN GRUENING

Letter from the editor: What bringing you 'more' really means

For almost two weeks now the Empire has published ads promising readers "more" starting May 1, with the words "Juneau Empire + USA TODAY" printed at the bottom. Now it's time to explain what those words mean.

by CHARLES L. WESTMORELAND

My Turn: Doing mining differently up north

British Columbia Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett’s response to Alaskans’ growing concerns about the downstream effects of mining in BC has usually been to defend the BC mine...
by LEWIS RIFKIND

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Alaska Editorial: Keep ideas flowing

This isn't the time to shoot down economic development ideas. Alaska has a $4 billion deficit.

My Turn: The journey through grief

It is amazing how circumstances in life touch you, form you and change your future. As I grew up, I really didn't understand about loss and grief. My goldfish died and I had a little burial in the ...
By VIRGINIA PALMER

My Turn: HB 379 is a quick non-fix

It's a rare thing done well at the last minute. House Bill 379 is not that rare thing. after listening to two days’ worth of testimony in the House Finance Committee, it’s still not clear what ...
By Charles Ward

My Turn: A great state needs a great university

In a few short weeks, more than 4,600 students will cross graduation stages all across Alaska and begin the journey into the next phase of their lives.
By JIM JOHNSEN

Monday, April 25, 2016

My Turn: Combating Alaska's epidemic of sexual violence

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It gives us all the opportunity to show our support to survivors of sexual violence, and become part of the broader change we know needs to happen to ...
By DONNA WALKER

My Turn: Military investments in Alaska should help us weather economic challenges

Alaska is facing tough economic times. Budgets are being squeezed, workers are being laid off, and families are making due with less. But it's important to understand that we've been here before, ...
By SEN. DAN SULLIVAN

Sunday, April 24, 2016

My Turn: Trying times for Alaska

I watched Gov. Bill Walker's State of the Budget address and the rebuttal from the Alaska Legislature. The Governor said that we need to cut the budget.
By BILL SHEFFIELD

My Turn: The science and stories of climate change

Another sign of Arctic warming was reported in the Alaska Dispatch last week. According to a new study by scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the U.S.
By Rich Moniak

Empire Editorial: Tough choices ahead

If you're like us, you've been focusing your attention on the tough choices being made in the Alaska Capitol over the past 100 days. Alaska's $4.1 billion deficit deserves that attention, but some ...

Friday, April 22, 2016

My Turn: 'Yes we can' get the change we work for

Our 2015-16 presidential campaign seems to herald a new change. There is an adage to apply: "If we always do what we have always done, we will get what we have always had." Some key historical ...
By GEORGE BROWN

My Turn: Alaska's Budget: Big talk, little cuts

The governor and the Legislature have both professed that a combination of budget cuts and revenue options will be necessary to solve the state of Alaska's fiscal crisis.
By REP. LORA REINBOLD

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Turn: The reason for concealed carry on campus

Amanda Collins was a young college student in Nevada when she was brutally attacked and raped at gunpoint on campus a few years ago.
By AMY HUNTER

My Turn: SB174 is bad legislation whether you're for or against guns on campus

The pro and anti-guns on campus debate misses an important point: A bill can be a bad bill no matter which side of the debate you're on. Senate Bill 174 currently is a bad bill.
By MICHAEL HOSTINA

Alaska Editorial: Critical neglect in the Arctic

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: There aren't very many areas of national defense or homeland security where the U.S. lags.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ERC Editorial: Unifying Juneau: An empty promise?

A major theme of the candidates for mayor in our recent special election was about the need to bring us together as a community and work toward unity - both in vision and action.

Empire Editorial: Overtime is OK

The Alaska Legislature didn't gavel out on Sunday at the end of its 90th regular day, and that's just fine with us. The state is running a $4.1 billion annual deficit, a problem unparalleled in ...

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Letter: End of a tradition

Our oldest daughter, Haley, was born Feb. 17, 1996, making my lovely wife, Valerie, of course, a mom.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Letter: Cartoon is transphobic

I was outraged to see the anti-transgender cartoon in Sunday's "Opinion" section of the Juneau Empire. The cartoon depicts a beastly, ogre-ish, hairy woman in a dress that is supposed to represent ...

Letter: Pets should be considered during divorce

This letter is in response to the gentlemen who wrote about pets and child-like protection in legal cases.

Letter: The real timber industry numbers

Mr Graham's response to The Boat Company is so wrong on so many levels. If he thinks that the U.S.

Letter: People are too sensitive

People are way too sensitive these days.

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