Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Direct democracy won’t fix the budget

Not knowing isn’t a matter of ignorance of apathy. It’s not our job.

  • Feb 25, 2020
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in Juneau, Alaska. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Dunleavy proposed a state lottery as a way to provide a new source of revenue. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska Voices: State lottery nothing but a shell game

Our elected leaders need to talk truthfully about taxes.

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in Juneau, Alaska. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Dunleavy proposed a state lottery as a way to provide a new source of revenue. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Opinion: The salmon way is worth fighting for

Alaska is our country’s last salmon state.

Point of View: Cook Inlet commercial fisheries feed Alaskans

Alaska needs a diversity of access opportunities to truly feed its people.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday in Washington. (AP Photo | Evan Vucci)

Opinion: Disintegration of America’s democracy

Trump is oblivious to the consequences of any of his statements or actions.

  • Feb 22, 2020
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday in Washington. (AP Photo | Evan Vucci)
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Voices of the Peninsula: Pebble — what we stand to lose

It is a recipe for disaster.

  • Feb 22, 2020
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Point of View: The true dilemma — Truth is on shaky ground

Do you long for those days when you could have a good honest debate and express your arguments and different opinions with mutual respect? When,… Continue reading

Bob Griffin, senior education research fellow from the Alaska Policy Forum, left, and Sen. Tom Begich, D-Anchorage, at a Senate Education Committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Juneau. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Our youngest Alaskans deserve the educational opportunities to succeed

The markers for a child’s adult success develop early in life.

  • Feb 22, 2020
Bob Griffin, senior education research fellow from the Alaska Policy Forum, left, and Sen. Tom Begich, D-Anchorage, at a Senate Education Committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Juneau. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Tina Tomsen

Alaska Voices: Alaska’s Trojan Horse

Alaska deserves better than a tall man who simply puts on a kuspuk and claims to support Alaskans.

  • Feb 20, 2020
Tina Tomsen
In this 2007 file photo, an oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Opinion: Oil tax ballot measure goes too far

I’ve been lucky enough to spend my entire life in Alaska. I received my education, owned and managed businesses, taught students, and held public office… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2020
In this 2007 file photo, an oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
Members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries meet for the Upper Cook Inlet Finfish Meeting at the William A. Egan Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Opinion: Prioritizing personal use, sport fisheries will doom commercial fishermen

My friends fishing commercially in Cook Inlet broke even the last two years if they were lucky.

  • Feb 12, 2020
Members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries meet for the Upper Cook Inlet Finfish Meeting at the William A. Egan Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 11, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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Our educators need backup

We owe it to them, and to our students, to provide for an adequate pool of substitute employees.

  • Feb 7, 2020
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Opinion: Nonprofits benefit from Hilcorp’s giving program

The Hilcorp Giving Program is designed to help Hilcorp Alaska employees become lifelong givers.

  • Feb 6, 2020
First Lady Rose Dunleavy speaks to the importance of volunteerism during the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards in the Governor’s Mansion, Friday, May 24, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Alaska first lady’s volunteer award nominations are now open

Each one of these Alaskans has made our state a better place to live.

  • Feb 2, 2020
First Lady Rose Dunleavy speaks to the importance of volunteerism during the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards in the Governor’s Mansion, Friday, May 24, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
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Board of Fish should put fish and Alaskans first

Salmon and other fish must be prioritized for the owners of the resource first.

  • Feb 1, 2020
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Colonel Bryan W. Barlow, Director of the Division of Alaska State Troopers (Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers)

Point of View: Focusing on the fundamentals

An introduction from new state trooper director

Colonel Bryan W. Barlow, Director of the Division of Alaska State Troopers (Photo courtesy of Alaska State Troopers)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks about oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 19, 2017 during debates about the GOP tax cut on the floor of the U.S. Senate. (C-SPAN)

Opinion: Spread the load, save the state’s budget

We can address the underlying condition that is plaguing Alaska.

  • Jan 30, 2020
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks about oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Dec. 19, 2017 during debates about the GOP tax cut on the floor of the U.S. Senate. (C-SPAN)
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: Trafficking in Alaska must end

One of my priorities is to combat this scourge and eliminate it from our communities.

  • Jan 25, 2020
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)
By Rep. Cathy Tilton (Courtesy photo)

Opinion: Revised constitutional spending limit key to Alaska’s fiscal stability

I view a revised constitutional spending limit as contract with Alaskans for fiscal discipline.

  • Jan 25, 2020
By Rep. Cathy Tilton (Courtesy photo)

Oil tax changes require more careful consideration

We all know Alaska remains at a crossroads.

  • Jan 18, 2020