WIN GRUENING

Gruening: Keep the Electoral College

In the weeks following America's historic presidential election, Trump detractors continue to offer reasons why Hillary Clinton lost. Yet the litany of excuses continues to ignore the flaws in the candidate that were largely responsible for her defeat. Read more

Gruening: Gov. Walker kicks The Road down the can

Governor Walker's recent decision to take no action on the Juneau Access Project certainly might have some people dancing in the streets. Read more

Win Gruening: Politics haven't changed

"Politics are much discussed, so are banks, so is cotton. Quiet people avoid the question of the Presidency … the great constitutional feature of this institution being, that directly the acrimony of the last election is over, the next one begins. Read more

My Turn: Let's be honest

All this week I've wondered how history will record and characterize the events surrounding this unusual presidential election and its fallout. It's odd to think someday this election will be a footnote in political history. Read more

My Turn: City leaders take measured approach to budget

While Alaska lawmakers wrestled with serious budget issues over the last year, Juneau and many other communities have been relatively untouched by the fiscal calamity occurring at the state level - until recently. Read more

My Turn: ERC editorial misses the boat

In my last column, I discussed how the word "divisive" is often overused and misused. Mostly its use is an attempt to squelch debate and paint someone else's argument as unworthy of further discussion. Read more

My Turn: The bogus use of the word "divisive"

The English language is a wonderful and versatile method of communication. It can be used to condemn, honor and ridicule - perhaps all in the same sentence. Read more

My Turn: Juneau Assembly races deserve attention

While many Alaskans have concentrated on national politics and party conventions, this is the time of year when we should shift our focus for a period of time to our local municipal elections. Read more

My Turn: Has Alaska cut the fat out of the budget?

The Walker Administration and a supportive legislative minority have struggled mightily to persuade Alaskans the budget really has been "cut to the bone" and it's time to restructure the Permanent Fund and implement taxes to balance the budget. Read more

My Turn: Kudos to those willing to tackle tough issues - how can we help?

Juneau is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. It offers an idyllic waterfront setting with a majestic mountainous backdrop. Cultural and recreational activities abound and our sense of community is extraordinary. Read more

My Turn: A glorious 4th of July

This last week we experienced the kind of beautiful weather that only Alaska with its majestic scenic beauty can provide. Read more

My Turn: City response to cruise industry complaint is myopic

After the City and Borough of Juneau was served with a lawsuit by the cruise industry in April, it seemed both sides would reach an amicable agreement. Read more

My Turn: Pederson Hill development well-intentioned, but risky

Recent discussions of a plan by the City and Borough of Juneau to build a cluster lot subdivision on Pederson Hill were greeted with mixed reactions. Read more

My Turn: Juneau Ocean Center a model for the future

Plans for the proposed Juneau Ocean Center (JOC) continue to progress. The project is being designed as a world-class facility to educate the public on ocean resources and to provide a spectacular venue for scientific conferences and community meetings. Read more

My Turn: Looking ahead and guiding the future

According to a recent report released by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the state's population is projected to increase by 162,200 over the next 30 years. Read more

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 Read more

My Turn: An island too far, Part 2

Last September, I wrote a series of columns about city plans to build a $10 million seawalk and 2.7-acre "recreational island" (subsequently renamed a "habitat island") connected to a new city park for the bronze whale by the Douglas Bridge. Read more

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