Opinion: Working towards private sector solutions for Alaska’s health care woes

Government does not have the capacity to lower health care costs the way the private sector does

  • Jun 13, 2019
A woman in a wheelchair uses the Homer Harbor boardwalk in an undated photo taken in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provide/Independent Living Center)

Point of View: Accessibility could bring new visitor market to Homer

71% of adults who identify themselves as having a disability spent $17.3 billion annually on travel

A woman in a wheelchair uses the Homer Harbor boardwalk in an undated photo taken in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provide/Independent Living Center)
In this September 2017 file photo from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, beluga whales arch their backs through the surface of the water. Of Alaska’s five distinct beluga whale populations, only Cook Inlet’s is listed as endangered. (Courtesy the Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Letter to the Editor: What is killing our belugas?

A beluga needs to consume about five sockeye per day to achieve this 44 pounds of fat.

In this September 2017 file photo from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, beluga whales arch their backs through the surface of the water. Of Alaska’s five distinct beluga whale populations, only Cook Inlet’s is listed as endangered. (Courtesy the Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, waves as they depart Shannon Airport, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Shannon, Ireland. (AP Photo | Alex Brandon)

Opinion: Why Americans are tired of impeachment talk

“What would it take for the you to support the impeachment of this president?”

  • Jun 11, 2019
President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, waves as they depart Shannon Airport, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Shannon, Ireland. (AP Photo | Alex Brandon)

Opinion: Dunleavy’s village policing plan bad idea for rural Alaska

I have 40 years of experience with law enforcement in Alaska.

  • Jun 10, 2019

Voices of the Peninsula: Prioritize wild stocks, but don’t abandon hatcheries

Crooked Creek chinook enhancement has been a success in Cohoe/Kasilof

  • Jun 8, 2019
Larry Persily gives a presentation at the Kenai/Soldotna joint chamber luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Make the sustainable choice for the PFD

Overdrawing the permanent fund places the individual benefit ahead of the common good.

  • Jun 3, 2019
Larry Persily gives a presentation at the Kenai/Soldotna joint chamber luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Point of View: Hatchery fish benefit many fishermen

I am a Homer-area resident and want to share my perspective on the benefits of salmon hatcheries

Letter to the Editor: Changing PFD formula wrong, short-sighted

Alaska needs to work for a sustainable budget and not a quick fix

  • May 26, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: In support of Gov. Dunleavy’s budget

What he calls “honest budgeting,” is largely based on the simple concept of spending within our means.

  • May 25, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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: Court battle or not, there is no reason education should not be funded this year

It’s on the Legislature to act, not the governor.

  • May 25, 2019
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)

School district failed my hearing assistance needs

Together we will be demanding more from now on.

  • May 23, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Refusing to release education funds is harming our schools and children

We’re disappointed. And worried for our schools, communities, and children.

  • May 23, 2019
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Letter to the Editor: Stand with Planned Parenthood

Help our community stay healthy

  • May 22, 2019
A spruce tree showing heavy damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion file)

Opinion: Spruce beetle outbreak will require all hands, all lands solutions

This time, the beetle’s rate of spread appears to be outpacing the last outbreak

  • May 22, 2019
A spruce tree showing heavy damage from spruce bark beetles stands on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ben Boetttger/Peninsula Clarion file)
The Berkeley Pit abuts the City of Butte on Silver Bow Creek in southwestern Montana. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: As Alaskans consider Pebble Mine, a cautionary tale from Montana

In our state, we live with mining’s other legacy: permanent pollution.

  • May 21, 2019
The Berkeley Pit abuts the City of Butte on Silver Bow Creek in southwestern Montana. (Courtesy Photo)

Letter to the Editor: Alabama sets the stage for a Constitutional fight on abortion

Alabama did something courageous, but they still haven’t quite got it right.

  • May 19, 2019
In this March 7, 2019 photo, Mouhcine Guettabi, associate professor of economics at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage, speaks to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Time for some budget humility

Economists are failing Gov. Dunleavy.

  • May 19, 2019
In this March 7, 2019 photo, Mouhcine Guettabi, associate professor of economics at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage, speaks to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Harmful species coordinator Rosie Masui takes samples at the Homer Harbor in July 2017 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Point of View: What we stand to lose

Funding for research is money well-spent

Harmful species coordinator Rosie Masui takes samples at the Homer Harbor in July 2017 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Letter to the Editor: This is not about abortion, but controlling women

In my medical records, it says I had an abortion: spontaneous. Most know that to be a miscarriage, but for a long time, every time… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2019