Rich Moniak

Rich Moniak: Our obligation to resist discriminatory laws

Since 2003, about 10,000 Muslim high students from more than 40 countries have participated in the Kennedy Luger YES exchange program. They came to America to help build bridges between their culture and ours. Now, in tragic fashion, President Donald Trump seems intent on undermining all the work they and their supporting host communities have done. We can’t let that happen.

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Rich Moniak: In our year of kindness, don’t criminalize homelessness

After more than more than two hours of public testimony Monday night, City and Borough of Juneau Assembly members made no decision on the proposed ordinance that would prohibit camping on private property in the downtown area. They intend to act after their next regular meeting. Until then, they might look to the Juneau Police Department’s Year of Kindness campaign for a few valuable insights. Read more

Rich Moniak: What will Trumpcare look like?

They’ve waited six years for this. Now Congressional Republicans, with Donald Trump in the White House, will likely send Obamacare off to its grave. What will replace it? Probably another law with a lot of promises under the heading of another slick acronym. But it still won’t satisfy most Americans. That is, unless Trump gives us a health care system that’s very un-Republican.

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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. Read more

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 state's budget crisis. Read more

My Turn: It's not Obama keeping oil under the arctic seas

With a month left in his presidency, Barack Obama committed one more outrage to wind up Alaska's political leaders. Read more

My Turn: From the depths we learn how wonderful life is

"This isn't about Christmas," James Sullivan says, as his character George Bailey considers throwing himself off a bridge in the play "It's a Wonderful Life." That's not a line I recall hearing in the movie. Read more

My Turn: Masking failure with a pay raise

If there's one thing that both Republicans and Democrats in Congress agree on, it's sending money into a black hole called the Pentagon. They know the Department of Defense can't pass a financial audit. Read more

My Turn: A good investment should also be an investment in good

It's considered very good news when Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) managers announce quarterly earnings of $2 billion. Whether it boosts our dividends or becomes a source of revenue to run state government, we want that pot to keep growing. Read more

My Turn: The age-old problem we're calling 'fake news'

"Fake news" had been in the news so much since the election last month that you'd think it was a new problem. Not true. Peddling that stuff has been part of government and corporate business models for years. Read more

My Turn: Here comes another battle over ANWR

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is going to move back into the crosshairs of America's energy politics. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who will continue to chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, says she plans to make an early push to open it up to oil and gas exploration. Read more

My Turn: The best decision Clinton could have made

Two weeks ago I argued that Donald Trump's bid for the White House was doomed. Read more

My Turn: Why I'm voting 'No' on Ballot Measure 1

If approved by voters Nov. 8, Ballot Measure 1 will allow qualified Alaskan residents to register to vote when applying for the Permanent Fund Dividend. Read more

My Turn: The angel inspired music of Emmanuel Jal

"This one goes to Emma McCune, Angel to the rescue one afternoon" - Emmanuel Jal from his 2008 song titled "Emma" It's estimated that 10,000 child soldiers took part in the Sudanese civil war in during the 1980s. Emmanuel Jal was one of them. Read more

My Turn: Transparency in government requires homework on all sides

It was troubling to read Bruce Abel's Sept. 25 My Turn that suggested my latest column about the "The Road" was a "distortion of facts and figures. Read more

My Turn: 'The Road' isn't on course with Gov. Walker's fiscal goals

Cutting the cost of state government is a vital component of Gov. Bill Walker's sustainable budget proposal. Every little bit helps. Read more

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