Peninsula Oilers fans display encouragin signs for Oilers’ pitcher Bryan Woo, Friday, June 28, 2019, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Alaska collegiate smmer baseball — Divided we fall

The Alaska Baseball League risks demise

  • Nov 11, 2022
  • Rick Boots
Peninsula Oilers fans display encouragin signs for Oilers’ pitcher Bryan Woo, Friday, June 28, 2019, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
The Homer Public Library as seen on Aug. 18, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (File photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Point of View: Banning books corrodes diversity and inclusion in our community

Recently, a community member requested that a long list of books be removed from the children’s collection

  • Nov 11, 2022
  • By Claudia Haines and Ann Dixon For the Homer News
  • Point of view
The Homer Public Library as seen on Aug. 18, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (File photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Gavel (Courtesy photo)

Opinion: Judging judges — balancing the judicial selection process

Alaska’s method of selecting judges can be and should be improved.

  • Nov 11, 2022
  • By Win Gruening
Gavel (Courtesy photo)
Sarah Palin speaks at a July 11 Save America Rally featuring former President Donald Trump at Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The realities of Palin’s political demise

Palin wouldn’t be running for the seat if Rep. Don Young was still alive

  • Nov 7, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
Sarah Palin speaks at a July 11 Save America Rally featuring former President Donald Trump at Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
Former Democratic state Rep. Beth Kerttula holds up a sign reading “Vote No Con Con,” during a recent rally at the Dimond Courthouse Plaza in Juneau. Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: What can a liberal and conservative agree on? Voting against a constitutional convention

“We disagree on many issues. But we… urge Alaskans to vote against Proposition 1.”

  • Nov 4, 2022
  • By Beth Kerttula and Jeffery Troutt
Former Democratic state Rep. Beth Kerttula holds up a sign reading “Vote No Con Con,” during a recent rally at the Dimond Courthouse Plaza in Juneau. Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Voting booths are set up at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Political mailer betrays Christian values

We must be better citizens than this

  • Nov 3, 2022
  • By Michael Burton
Voting booths are set up at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski attends a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski attends a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Voices of the Peninsula: Lisa Murkowski represents everyday Alaskans

While working for Lisa, I witnessed her considerable command of the issues

  • Nov 3, 2022
  • By Jason Huffnagle
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski attends a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski attends a joint Soldotna and Kenai Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna City Council member Justin Ruffridge. (Courtesy photo)

Voices of the Peninsula: We must refuse to reward ugly political tactics

With our vote we have to show that extremism and dishonesty do not win the day

  • Nov 3, 2022
  • By Justin Ruffridge
Soldotna City Council member Justin Ruffridge. (Courtesy photo)
A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)

Down to the wire: Be prepared before you vote

Remember your voice counts and all votes matter

  • Nov 3, 2022
  • By Alex Koplin
A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker stands in the Peninsula Clarion office on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Alaska needs a governor who sees the Kenai Peninsula as the key to our economic future

It’s past time to monetize Alaska’s natural gas, the largest stranded reservoir in North America if not the world

  • Nov 2, 2022
  • By Bill Walker
Gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker stands in the Peninsula Clarion office on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Gavel (Courtesy photo)

Opinion: Alaska’s judiciary — our founders got it right

We are writing in response to politically motivated attacks on our state judiciary…

  • Nov 2, 2022
  • By Alaskans for Fair Courts
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U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks during a meet-and-greet Oct. 12, 2022, at Louie’s Douglas Inn in Juneau, Alaska. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Lisa stands up for women at home and nationwide

Women’s issues are Alaskan issues.

  • Nov 2, 2022
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks during a meet-and-greet Oct. 12, 2022, at Louie’s Douglas Inn in Juneau, Alaska. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Shelley Hughes, Palmer-R, Senate Majority Leader, has served four years in the Alaska House of Representatives and six years in the Alaska State Senate. (Photo provided)

Opinion: David vs. Goliath

Before voting on state a constitutional convention, these are the questions we need to answer

  • Nov 2, 2022
  • By Alaska State Sen. Shelley Hughes
Shelley Hughes, Palmer-R, Senate Majority Leader, has served four years in the Alaska House of Representatives and six years in the Alaska State Senate. (Photo provided)
Copies of the Alaska State Constitution were available outside the lieutenant governor’s office on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. If voters choose to have a constitutional convention, the state’s foundational document could be re-written. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire)
Copies of the Alaska State Constitution were available outside the lieutenant governor’s office on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. If voters choose to have a constitutional convention, the state’s foundational document could be re-written. (Peter Segall/Juneau Empire)
Hedi Drygas, who is running for lieutenant governor, and Bill Walker, who is running for governor, are photographed outside the Juneau Empire’s offices in October 2022. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: I’m running for office because I want my daughter to be able to stay and build her life in Alaska

I’m the proud mother of a 4-year-old girl, and I’m worried about her future.

  • Nov 1, 2022
  • By Heidi Drygas
Hedi Drygas, who is running for lieutenant governor, and Bill Walker, who is running for governor, are photographed outside the Juneau Empire’s offices in October 2022. (Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
Alaska State Senate candidate Tuckerman Babcock emcees a "Get Out the Vote" rally hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Republican Women at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Voices of the Peninsula: Supporting Tuckerman Babcock

These are some of the people of the Kenai Peninsula and Alaska who proudly support Tuckerman Babcock for State Senate

  • Oct 31, 2022
  • By Tuckerman Babcock
Alaska State Senate candidate Tuckerman Babcock emcees a "Get Out the Vote" rally hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Republican Women at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kassandra Taggart (Photo provided)

Alaska Voices: The Landlord’s Almanac is creating a better community for landlords and renters

It became a place where landlords could go and say: “Hey I need advice; how can I get help?”

  • Oct 31, 2022
  • By Kassandra Taggart
Kassandra Taggart (Photo provided)
The Alaska State Capitol is seen on Sept. 24, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: The peninsula deserves better than Babcock

If conservative peninsula voters want to see Republicans have the best chance of controlling the Senate in Juneau then voting for Babcock is just plain dumb

  • Oct 31, 2022
  • By Vince Beltrami
The Alaska State Capitol is seen on Sept. 24, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with then-Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting in 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The real Tshibaka sows division and discord

Kelly Tshibaka wants Alaskans to believe that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has “been complicit with the left’s agenda”

  • Oct 28, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, talks with then-Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka Tuesday morning following a House Administration Committee Finance Subcommittee meeting in 2020. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Rep. Don Young smiles during a sit-down in the Juneau Empire’s offices last June. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Former staff and friends of Rep. Young back Peltola

“Mary Peltola respects Congressman Young’s legacy of service…”

  • Oct 27, 2022
Rep. Don Young smiles during a sit-down in the Juneau Empire’s offices last June. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)