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Empire Editorial: Commissioner disappointment

T'was the day after Christmas, and all through the house, everyone was stirring - even the mouse.
Wrapping paper was strewn 'cross the floor without care, and ample were the signs that St. Nicholas had been there.

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

My Turn: Driving away the formation of character

As a serious opponent of the road out of Juneau, I smiled when reading it won't be a funding priority during the upcoming legislative session. I'm hopeful that further funds won't be committed to ...
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

My Turn: Renew your faith

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe." -Saint Augustine Saint Augustine was an early Christian theologian and philosopher who lived in ...
By WIN GRUENING

My Turn: Leave the senior sales tax exemption alone

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" is a Christmas song I have never liked. Now it seems to be the theme song for the CBJ Assembly's Tax Exemption Review Committee and their recommendations for ...
By KEN KOELSCH

Empire Editorial: For Christmas, we'd like to give ...

Here at the Empire, we offer the daily gift of information every morning. In light of Christmas, however, there are a few individuals and groups who warrant something more.

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

My Turn: What the independent PE option means

I wanted to correct an apparent misunderstanding regarding the proposal before the Juneau Board of Education to amend the district's high school requirements for earning independent physical ...
By BARBARA THURSTON

My Turn: Juneau's best elementary school is ...

I have mixed feelings about standardized testing. As a mom, I dislike that my children's teachers are required to teach to the test instead of spending time instilling in them a love of learning. ...
By MEILANI SCHIJVENS

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Alaska Editorial: UA system will need strong leadership, support from the state

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: The announcement earlier this month that University of Alaska President Pat Gamble will retire in June comes at a ...

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Dec. 22, 2014

In this special Christmas-week edition of Thumbs, we're going with all positive news. Enjoy and have a happy holiday! Thumbs up to Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and his program to get laptops in the ...

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

My Turn: Let us make room in our hearts

Among the many joyful customs associated with Christmas in our own country and around the world, I'm thinking this Christmas of Las Posadas.
By BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS

Empire Editorial: New school PE rules deserve a workout

Physical education guidelines for students in the Juneau School District may soon be changing, and we see this change as a harbringer of benefits for students at the high school level.

My Turn: Celebrating Juneau's sense of community

"A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives.
By Kate Troll

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Empire Editorial: Road Without End

The Road is dead. Long live the Road. During his campaign, Gov. Bill Walker said he would look at every large project as a potential place to cut state spending. Then oil prices crashed, and ...

My Turn: Forested communities must be made whole

For all of the progress we made at the end of the 113th Congress, most notably on public lands issues in Alaska, the Senate's inability to fund even a short-term extension of the Secure Rural ...
By Sen. Lisa Murkowski

My Turn: Competing religions at Christmas

"Happy Holidays from your friends at Alaska Journal of Commerce" reads the subject line of an email I received last week.
By Rich Moniak

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Empire Editorial: Doing less with fewer

Doing more with less isn't always an option. City employees know this and the public, if they haven't already learned it, will soon.

Letters to the Editor

Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014

Letter: Wrong is wrong

"Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it." I recently saw this on a poster in the hall of one of our local elementary schools.

Demand responsibility from your government

Daily I awake to news that distresses me. Yesterday, I heard about the slaughter of 100 plus school children in Pakistan by the Taliban.

Walker's actions back his words

Congratulations to Gov. Bill Walker. His message of "Alaskans pulling together in tough times" resonates in Skagway and throughout the state.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Letter: Ambler road study one piece of the puzzle

As the National Park Service's Kyle Joly pointed out in a story on the proposed Ambler road ("Little impact on Ambler road caribou" - published Dec.

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Letter: UA System 2014 annual financial report

FY2014 was another good year of financial stability, research strength and academic progress for the University of Alaska System.

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