Catherine Cassidy (courtesy)

Voices of the Peninsula: Alaska open for business?

By selectively refusing to follow procedure in Cook Inlet, Dunleavy is forcing the total closure of federal waters here.

  • Dec 22, 2020
Catherine Cassidy (courtesy)
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Opinion: Climate change forces difficult choices

When you read about or hear about climate change, what typically goes through your head?

  • Dec 21, 2020
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)

Dunleavy: A path forward

I want to be clear that a bond package is not something I suggest lightly.

  • Dec 16, 2020
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
The Homer Foundation logo.

Point of View: :Pay it Forward — It’s time to ‘lean in’ through volunteer efforts

‘Lean in’ experience from Zoom talk can be expanded as community support during pandemic.

The Homer Foundation logo.
Cathy Sandeen, UAA chancellor, photographed outside the Administration and Humanities Building at the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Photo courtesy University of Alaska Anchorage)

Opinion: More respect for Your Hometown University, please

Although UAA has had its challenges, we remain remarkably strong and resilient.

Cathy Sandeen, UAA chancellor, photographed outside the Administration and Humanities Building at the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Photo courtesy University of Alaska Anchorage)
(Courtesy Photo / Randall Davis, Alaska Department of Fish & Game)

Opinion: Sea otters are the defenders of kelp forests, ecosystems

We recognize the important ecological roles they play.

  • Dec 15, 2020
(Courtesy Photo / Randall Davis, Alaska Department of Fish & Game)
Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Perspective of an educator in a ‘high-risk group’

“Schools were built for students. Anyone who thinks they were built for the staff, or the teachers or the administration is sorely mistaken.”

  • Dec 12, 2020
Soldotna High School English teacher Nicole Hewitt teaches her students remotely from her empty classroom at Soldotna High School on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A truck backs up onto a Haines-bound boat on Dec. 3, 2020, as part of an effort to send supplies and people to the landslide-afflicted community. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: It’s important to prepare for the unpredictable

It is often easy to be distracted from the lessons we learn when disaster strikes.

  • Dec 12, 2020
A truck backs up onto a Haines-bound boat on Dec. 3, 2020, as part of an effort to send supplies and people to the landslide-afflicted community. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Julie Anderson, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, speaks to the Alaska Chamber of Commerce at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. With Anderson on stage Curtis Thayer, president and CEO of the Alaska Chamber. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: More important than ever to have insurance coverage

Individual insurance market open enrollment closes Dec. 15

  • Dec 7, 2020
Julie Anderson, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, speaks to the Alaska Chamber of Commerce at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. With Anderson on stage Curtis Thayer, president and CEO of the Alaska Chamber. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: The numbers don’t lie, but people do

Newly elected legislators should be open to learning from data once in office.

  • Dec 7, 2020
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami (courtesy photo)

Alaska Voices: Dunleavy makes Alaska a hostile place

From the moment Dunleavy took office the disdain for his own employees was on full display.

  • Dec 5, 2020
Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami (courtesy photo)
In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Opinion: Now is the time to pass the Equality Act

Equality is not a Democratic or Republican value, it’s an American value.

  • Dec 5, 2020
In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Oil sheen bleeds from the beach at Herring Bay on Knight Island on Dec. 7, 1989. (Courtesy Photo / ARLIS Reference)
Oil sheen bleeds from the beach at Herring Bay on Knight Island on Dec. 7, 1989. (Courtesy Photo / ARLIS Reference)
Pam Brodie. (Photo courtesy Pam Brodie)

Voices of the Peninsula: Murkowski could hold key to unifying America

For the first time in years, I see elected leaders who have the potential to reverse our self-destructive course and start to bring this country back together.

Pam Brodie. (Photo courtesy Pam Brodie)
David W. Schade, director of the state Division of Agriculture (courtesy)

Opinion: Now that industrial hemp is legal, Alaska’s industry must follow law

While industrial hemp is an old-time agricultural crop, many still think of cannabis only as marijuana.

  • Dec 2, 2020
David W. Schade, director of the state Division of Agriculture (courtesy)
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Opinion: The problem with don’t tell me what to do

Doesn’t a state need a governor, like a ship needs a captain?

  • Dec 2, 2020
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Opinion: Saying nothing helps fraud against our democracy

Silence effectively helps the president and his lawyers.

  • Nov 29, 2020
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Zoe Stonorov. (Photo courtesy of Zoe Stonorov)

Point of View: Community and isolation

Be kind to each other during the pandemic.

Zoe Stonorov. (Photo courtesy of Zoe Stonorov)

Opinion: Now is the time for Alaska’s gasline

By Bill Walker I am pleased to be a founding member of the newly formed Alaska Gasline & LNG, LLC, alongside Alaska Laborers’ Local 341,… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2020

Opinion: UAA’s aviation programs give students the edge to become leaders in their fields

A recent report by Boeing highlighted worldwide industry demands for 600,000 pilots and aircraft mechanics during the next 20 years.

  • Nov 28, 2020