Larry Smith
Larry Smith
The Holland America Line cruise ships Eurodam, left, and Nieuw Amsterdam pull into Juneau’s downtown harbor on May 1, 2017. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Why there are no cruise ships coming and how to fix it

Don’t blame Canada. Blame presidents and lawmakers.

  • Feb 25, 2021
The Holland America Line cruise ships Eurodam, left, and Nieuw Amsterdam pull into Juneau’s downtown harbor on May 1, 2017. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
tease

Opinion: Alaska’s legacy of dissenting senators

When doing the right thing is the hard thing.

  • Feb 21, 2021
tease
This photo shows University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: University of Alaska is one of our state’s greatest assets

The pandemic created economic hardship and uncertainty, but the university is positioned to help.

  • Feb 18, 2021
This photo shows University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Point of view

Point of View: Tourism needs your help; let us help you go big in 2021

There’s reason to believe that, nationally, travel will begin recovering soon.

Point of view
A sign posted by Travel Juneau notes the pamphlet-filled visitor's center kiosk is closed because of the pandemic. The center, located near the downtown library, opened in May 2019 during Infrastructure Week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Southeast Alaska cruise season torpedoed again

What can be done to address it?

  • Feb 18, 2021
A sign posted by Travel Juneau notes the pamphlet-filled visitor's center kiosk is closed because of the pandemic. The center, located near the downtown library, opened in May 2019 during Infrastructure Week. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
teaser
teaser
A sign outside of RD’s Barber Shop indicating that they are closed can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska Voices: Protect Alaska’s economy from further COVID damage

If business owners take reasonable safety measures by following available public health guidelines, they shouldn’t have to work under the threat of virus-related litigation.

A sign outside of RD’s Barber Shop indicating that they are closed can be seen here in Kenai, Alaska on March 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks in Juneau in this February 2020 photo. (Peter Segall/ Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Setting the record straight on the PFD

My proposal is not a complicated one.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks in Juneau in this February 2020 photo. (Peter Segall/ Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo from May 9, 2019, former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Ferries, federal funding could save state from being high and dry

If the rates are reasonable, the traffic will come.

In this file photo from May 9, 2019, former Gov. Frank Murkowski speaks on a range of subjects during an interview with the Juneau Empire. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
(Courtesy Image / Pat Race)

Opinion: Recall effort is necessary to hold governor accountable

“We can’t assume someone else is going to do the work of holding him accountable…”

  • Feb 11, 2021
(Courtesy Image / Pat Race)
tease

Opinion: Now isn’t the time to abolish the filibuster

Doing away with it treats only a symptom of partisan dysfunction. And now is the wrong time.

  • Feb 8, 2021
tease
”What if the Recall Dunleavy group has no intention of forcing a special election?” writes Win Gruening. “Instead, what if it is using the recall to influence the 2022 regular election with anonymous donors thereby avoiding pesky APOC disclosure rules? If so, recall advocates should be careful what they wish for.” (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Is the Dunleavy recall opening Pandora’s Box?

What if the Recall Dunleavy group has no intention of forcing a special election?

  • Feb 4, 2021
”What if the Recall Dunleavy group has no intention of forcing a special election?” writes Win Gruening. “Instead, what if it is using the recall to influence the 2022 regular election with anonymous donors thereby avoiding pesky APOC disclosure rules? If so, recall advocates should be careful what they wish for.” (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)

Dunleavy: It’s time to think big on energy

This is an opportunity to once again show the world that economic development and protecting the environment go hand-in-hand.

  • Feb 2, 2021
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

The unserious pursuit of constitutional amendments

Why the governor’s cure-all for the state’s chronic budget deficit will run into a brick wall. Again.

  • Feb 2, 2021
This photo shows the Alaska State Capitol on Jan. 8, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
tease

Opinion: How we can confront propaganda

“We the people…” are late with this. It is time, now, to get started.

  • Feb 1, 2021
tease
In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Alaska Voices: January 6 a failure of constitutional and civic education

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to honor the legacy of James Madison by funding graduate study focused on… Continue reading

  • Jan 28, 2021
In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump climb the West wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Homer News Editorial: Keep on with vaccine clinic success

Recent senior vaccine clinic worked because of strong community health in Homer

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
T

Opinion: The next generation of conservatives is ready for climate action

Young people care about protecting our environment and mitigating the impacts of a changing climate.

  • Jan 26, 2021
T
Capitol

Opinion: Censuring acts of conscience is un-American

It’s only with dignity and respect for one another that we can work through our disagreements…

  • Jan 26, 2021
Capitol