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Editorials

Alaska Editorial: New figures illustrate changing makeup of state's population

The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
The city of Fairbanks grew in 2016, but not enough to reverse the technicality that has Juneau labeled as the state's second-largest city.

Outside Editorial: Trump's will be a presidency 'like you've never seen before'

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
There's a phrase President-elect Donald Trump uses when he is promising greatness for America in some area or other but can't seem to capture the breadth of what he thinks he will achieve.

Opinion: Michelle Obama's lessons about composing a life

One of the books that I remember most vividly from my college years was Mary Catherine Bateson's "Composing a Life.

by VERONICA CHAMBERS

Articles from the Opinion section archive

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Analysis: We think the Legislature will fix part of its problems

It's entirely possible that the Alaska Legislature will not fix Alaska's entire deficit - and that might still be OK.

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Moniak: Conflict on the path to service

Last week when I criticized a proposal to outsource Department of Transportation jobs, I wasn't suggesting that Gov. Bill Walker doesn't understand the meaning of public service.
By Rich Moniak

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Opinion: GOP attempt to scrap Obamacare is heading for a train wreck

Perhaps the biggest challenge Republicans face in assuming total control of the federal government is how to fulfill their promises to scrap Obamacare and prevent a massive health care crisis in ...
By CARL P. LEUBSDORF

Opinion: Secretary of state nominee Tillerson allays some fears

Rex Tillerson's testimony at Wednesday's Senate confirmation hearing for secretary of state offered some relief for those worried about a foreign policy meltdown under Donald Trump.
By TRUDY RUBIN

Outside Editorial: If you expected mellower Trump, forget it

The following editorial first appeared in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: He was combative, angry, hostile toward his perceived enemies, defiant, evasive, and not the least bit humbled about the ...

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Alaska Editorial: Encouraging stance

British Columbia’s new-found willingness to take action regarding the Tulsequah Chief Mine is encouraging.

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

My Turn: School choice matters for Alaska families

In our country, we love to customize, whether it's a new addition to the house or the colors and fonts surrounding our text messages.
By ANDREW R. CAMPANELLA

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

My Turn: Response to 'Keep the Electoral College' column

Win Gruening’s partisan-charged column published in the Empire Jan. 6 on “Keep the Electoral College” provides no meaningful justification for retaining the outdated, undemocratic institution, and ...
By JOHN KRAPEK

Outside Editorial: Rushing through Trump's Cabinet picks evades a critical responsibility

The following first editorial appeared in The Dallas Morning News: Now is the time for the U.S. Senate to do its job, and to do it well.

My Turn: Alaska continues to fail at properly caring for the disabled

Five days ago, the Director of Behavioral Health, Randall Burns, reported to the Trust Authority Board that because of overcrowding, 17 adults and two adolescents are on the waiting list to ...
By FAITH MYERS and DORRANCE COLLINS

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

My Turn: Governor's proposal to eliminate almost 400 Alaskan jobs

The governor is faced with tough budget decisions. He is trying to cut the fat out of state government and pressuring the Legislature to provide for new sources of revenue.
By STEVEN BRADFORD

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

My Turn: Profit is the wrong motivator for a public service career

Since coming into office two years ago, Gov. Bill Walker has eliminated 2,500 state employment positions. About 400 more are being put on the chopping block this year. The obvious driver is the ...
By Rich Moniak

My Turn: Every Alaskan deserves affordable health care

If members of Congress had to secure health insurance in the open marketplace, I wonder whether America would have a better system.
By MARY HAKALA

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

Outside Editorial: Trump's North Korea conundrum

The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune: "We may have to go on an arduous march, a time when we will again have to eat the roots of grass.

Letters to the Editor

Articles from the Letters section archive

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017

Letter: Wrong place for the whale

In my opinion, our city fathers exercised bad judgment in locating the whale sculpture where they did. It is hidden from view.

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Letter: The case for a public Bank of Alaska

Last October, the good folks in the Kenai Borough approved creation of two new pieces of paper called a bond for infrastructure projects.

Letter: A state income tax is fair and equitable

The courage and integrity of our legislators will be tested. Last year they failed to step up to the plate. Our courageous governor had the fortitude to do so. The time has come for Alaskans and ...

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

Letter: Stand up for health care

Gov. Bill Walker, I've always been a supporter of your hard-nosed approach to government. Hey, I would have liked an extra thousand bucks last October, but I appreciate functioning schools, ...

Letter: Democracy demands an engaged public now more than ever

I want to thank Richard Stokes for his Jan. 6 Letter to the Editor ("The public - and the Empire - must be vigilant").

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