Opinion: When will we reach the tipping point?

What will it take for Congress and other elected officials to stand up to Trump?

  • Jun 8, 2020

Alaska Voices: What a terrible time to increase oil production taxes

People say this is an oil company issue. It’s not. It’s an Alaska issue.

  • Jun 8, 2020
With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Save Alaska’s universities

The University of Alaska Board of Regents should preserve Alaska’s three universities. Reasons for doing so are many, but four seem most important. First, a… Continue reading

  • Jun 4, 2020
With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Jill Schaefer and her husband are small business owners raising their family in Soldotna. (Courtesy photo)

Voices of the Peninsula: Small businesses rely on oil, gas investments

I think most Alaskans would agree now is the worst time to substantially raise taxes on any industry

  • Jun 4, 2020
Jill Schaefer and her husband are small business owners raising their family in Soldotna. (Courtesy photo)
Homer Police Chief Mark Robl, third from left, stands with some of the Homer Police Department officers and jail officers at groundbreaking ceremonies on May 24, 2019, for the new police station in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Point of View: Conduct of Minneapolis officer is counter to HPD values

The police department is saddened and dismayed by the horrible conduct of a police officer in Minnesota last week which has left our country torn… Continue reading

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl, third from left, stands with some of the Homer Police Department officers and jail officers at groundbreaking ceremonies on May 24, 2019, for the new police station in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
(Edward Kimmel | Creative Commons)

Opinion: There is police violence in Alaska

There are many things Alaska could do better.

  • Jun 4, 2020
(Edward Kimmel | Creative Commons)
Larry Persily (File)

A permit without a prospect

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the Alaska LNG application at its May 21 meeting.

Larry Persily (File)
With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: University Board of Regents will face tough choices in June

Like the virus, this budget challenge is real, painful and demands that we take swift action.

With a grim financial picture ahead, the University of Alaska Southeast, seen here on Monday, May 25, 2020, could be merged with one of the other two schools in the system. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Peter Micciche (courtesy photo)

Voices of the Peninsula: Get back to the drawing board on 911 system

Micciche: 911 centralization plan laced with wasteful redundancy, inefficiencies.

  • Jun 1, 2020
Sen. Peter Micciche (courtesy photo)
Willy Dunne is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Courtesy photo)

Vote by mail is safe, fiscally responsible

All registered borough voters would receive a ballot in the mail a few weeks ahead of election day.

Willy Dunne is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. (Courtesy photo)

It’s time for a real living wage

The federal minimum wage was last increased in 2009.

  • May 27, 2020

Alaska Voices: Oil taxes, what oil taxes?

Alaska needs a fair share from the sale of oil to economically recover and have a meaningful future.

Juneauites gathered signatures to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy in late February. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: After a Supreme Court win, Alaskans have the right and responsibility to recall

We won. The recall is moving forward with speed.

  • May 19, 2020
Juneauites gathered signatures to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy in late February. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Pay PFD now, make long-term fiscal plan for Alaska

The Ship of State, our government, has lost direction.

  • May 19, 2020

COVID-19 harms children in seen and unseen ways

There has been an alarming decrease in all routine health care, including routine vaccinations.

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson testifies before state senators during a confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Juneau. (Becky Bohrer | Associated Press File)

Clarkson: Even during pandemic, there is help for domestic violence victims

As a community we have a responsibility to care for and seek to protect our most vulnerable.

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson testifies before state senators during a confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Juneau. (Becky Bohrer | Associated Press File)

Opinion: Finding the intrinsic beauty of sadness

Knowing sadness can be a healthy thing.

  • May 19, 2020
The last strand of elodea on the Kenai Peninsula was found during a survey in May 2019. This fragment is brown and brittle, signs of dying from having been treated with herbicide since 2017. (Photo by Matt Bowser/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge).

Alaska Voices: Can Elodea be eradicated?

Infestations have been found on the Kenai Peninsula, around Cordova, and in the Fairbanks area.

  • May 19, 2020
The last strand of elodea on the Kenai Peninsula was found during a survey in May 2019. This fragment is brown and brittle, signs of dying from having been treated with herbicide since 2017. (Photo by Matt Bowser/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge).
Dave Reaves (courtesy photo)

Alaska Voices: The time to invest in Alaska is now

We call on Gov. Mike Dunleavy to help move job creating infrastructure projects forward.

Dave Reaves (courtesy photo)
The entrance to the Kenai Police Department, as seen in Kenai, Alaska, on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
                                The front of the Kenai Police Department as seen on Dec. 10, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska Voices: In honor of the thin blue line

During this pandemic our police officers cannot stay home, socially distance, and work remotely.

  • May 13, 2020
The entrance to the Kenai Police Department, as seen in Kenai, Alaska, on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
                                The front of the Kenai Police Department as seen on Dec. 10, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)