Rich Moniak

My Turn: Informed sources say Iran nuclear deal is good for America

As expected, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, has strongly criticized President Barack Obama for the agreement reached on Iran's nuclear program. And he wasn't alone. Read more

My Turn: Staying the course through America's foreign policy contradictions

I don't imagine many Juneauites read the Associated Press story in Tuesday's Empire about the airstrikes in Yemen. More than 45 civilians were reportedly killed "by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels" while they shopped at a local market. Read more

My Turn: The liberal contribution to freedom, justice for all

"All men are created equal." These are words we celebrate this week in the wake of two nationally significant events. Read more

My Turn: Widespread abuse stems from attitude

On Monday, Gov. Bill Walker released an investigative report on sexual harassment and abuse in the Alaska National Guard. Read more

My Turn: Killing government with demands of efficiency

The budget stalemate is finally over. Now we can start to focus on the real work. On Monday, the Rasmuson Foundation stepped up to the plate by committing funds to develop "a reasonable, detailed long-term fiscal plan. Read more

My Turn: The Senate majority needs a lesson in listening

"I guess it's not meant to be easy," House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, said last weekend after reaching a budget deal with the small but empowered Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition. But Senate Republicans stomped their feet. Read more

My Turn: Medicaid reform is the real red herring

In an opinion piece published in the Alaska Dispatch News last week, Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, called Medicaid expansion a red herring and concluded "we need to embrace Medicaid reform and let reform be the plan for a healthy Alaska. Read more

My Turn: Smaller PFD check is a nudge in the right direction

Should the Legislature vote to tap into the Permanent Fund Earnings Reserve to end the budget stalemate? That's what The Empire recommended on Tuesday in an editorial. Read more

My Turn: Who speaks for the trees?

Criticism, skepticism and protest are unfriendly words. Litigation is their more contentious cousin. Read more

My Turn: The power of radical mothers

This Sunday in our nation's capital, Valerie Bell will lead a march to the Justice Department to demand an end to the cycle of violence perpetrated by a "society of institutionalized racism and police militarization. Read more

My Turn: Putting service before salary is called leadership

"We think the only way to do business is to serve others, do more for them, and charge less." That's the world according to Dan Price, founder and CEO of Gravity Payments. Read more

My Turn: The brokenness of Alaska's legislative priorities

It's broken. That's the most commonly stated objection by opponents of Medicaid expansion. Read more

My Turn: Threats about Iran damages our nation's trustworthiness

This week President Barack Obama agreed to sign a revised version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. Read more

My Turn: The lipstick on a Legislative Council-spending pig

"It's just going to be putting a lot of lipstick on our pig," Rep. Mike Hawker said 18 months ago after signing a 10-year lease extension for the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage. Read more

My Turn: Alaska saves pennies by axing values

Despite the state's $3.5 billion budget crisis, the collective struggle for Alaskans right now is about values, not money. That's why the deep budget cuts under consideration by the Legislature should be approached with a scalpel, not an ax. Read more

My Turn: Economic freedom: A magic pill we shouldn't swallow

Americans For Prosperity is "an organization devoted to restoring and advancing economic freedom, state by state," wrote Jeremey Price last week in an Alaska Dispatch News commentary. Read more

How spending became an American way of life

"The truth of the matter is, it is impossible to spend ourselves to prosperity." That's what Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, said Friday before casting her vote against the $5.4 billion operating budget proposed by the House Finance Committee. Read more

My Turn: The letter that shouldn't have been sent

On Monday, 47 Republican senators sent an open letter to the leaders of Iran’s government that purports to inform them of “two features of our... Read more

Column: The 'rest of the story' on federal subsidies

Through early February, more than 17,000 Alaskans signed up for health care insurance using the federal exchange. Of those, 89 percent qualified for subsidies in the form of federal tax credits. Read more

My Turn: The folly of Chenault's federal land grab

If House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has his way, the Tongass National Forest and another 150 million acres of federally owned land will soon become state of Alaska property. Read more


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