U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to the Alaska State Legislature in February. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Opinion: I’m a longtime Democrat ready to support a Republican senator

She is willing to act in the interest of the country rather than marching lockstep with her party.

  • Mar 8, 2022
  • By Rodger Painter
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks to the Alaska State Legislature in February. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is seen in this 2021 Empire file photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire file)

Alaska Voices: Project American leadership and resources to defend global democracy

We need to end our reliance on foreign fossil fuels TODAY.

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is seen in this 2021 Empire file photo. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire file)
Courtesy Photo

Opinion: Officials hide behind heartless rules while Ukraine burns

War is not politics.

  • Mar 7, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
Courtesy Photo
Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige.

Revisiting Ambler decision contradicts White House clean energy targets

The Ambler Mineral District was known even in 1980 as one of the richest mineral districts in the world

Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige.
File

Opinion: Ukraine and the American divide that Putin inflamed

Those using aggression to divide are playing into Putin’s hand

File
Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)

Opinion: It’s time for the Legislature to pass laws to protect psychiatric patients

The whole state should be concerned by reports of inadequate psychiatric patient care

  • Mar 1, 2022
  • By Faith J. Myers
Faith Myers stands at the doors of API. (Courtesy Photo)
The industrial area of Nikiski is seen from above. The area is the potential site of an LNG pipeline. (Photo/File/AJOC)

Alaska Voices: Unlocking national strategic, economic and climate achievements with Alaska LNG

Alaska is well positioned to remain a reliable provider of strategic clean energy for the next hundred years

The industrial area of Nikiski is seen from above. The area is the potential site of an LNG pipeline. (Photo/File/AJOC)
teaser

Opinion: The dead end of ‘my way or the highway’

There’s a need to build bridges.

  • Feb 28, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
teaser
From left: Carley Rose Kelley; First Lady of Alaska Rose Dunleavy; Department of Corrections officer Sergeant Ken Noland and Alaska’s first Miss America pageant winner Emma Boyles, applaud Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Alaska Voices: Annual award pays tribute to Alaska’s volunteers

Please join me in recognizing deserving Alaskans by submitting a nomination for the the First Lady’s Volunteer Awards

From left: Carley Rose Kelley; First Lady of Alaska Rose Dunleavy; Department of Corrections officer Sergeant Ken Noland and Alaska’s first Miss America pageant winner Emma Boyles, applaud Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State address on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils the People First Initiative, a sweeping effort to target domestic violence and sexual assault, missing and murdered Indigenous persons, human sex trafficking, foster care and homelessness, in a Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 news conference in Anchorage. The plan is a part of Dunleavy’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Alaska Voices: Governor puts people first with budget proposal

The People First Initiative is transformational in thinking and approach

Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveils the People First Initiative, a sweeping effort to target domestic violence and sexual assault, missing and murdered Indigenous persons, human sex trafficking, foster care and homelessness, in a Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 news conference in Anchorage. The plan is a part of Dunleavy’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
A poll worker helps a voter with his ballot at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Voices of the Peninsula: Poll workers ensure election integrity

As a recent retiree, I was invited by a friend to work as an election worker in the November 2020 election

A poll worker helps a voter with his ballot at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
tease

Voices of Peninsula: How to spot fact from fiction

We hear so much about fake news these days. I decided to get to the bottom of this. I’ve learned that if we use social… Continue reading

tease
Therese Lewandowski

Voting rights in the Alaska Constitution

How did Alaska draft a state constitution? In Jack Coghill’s introduction in the Alaska State Constitution, the 1955 Territorial Legislature passed the Constitutional Convention Act… Continue reading

Therese Lewandowski
A beertender for Forbidden Peak Brewery, pours a beer during the grand opening for the Auke Bay business in October 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Don’t close the door on new breweries in Alaska

I intend to keep urging lawmakers to fix SB9.

  • Feb 22, 2022
  • By Jason Davis
A beertender for Forbidden Peak Brewery, pours a beer during the grand opening for the Auke Bay business in October 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)

Rewarding story of an election worker

Being an election worker on the day of an election can be very rewarding. I did it a few years back, and had many experiences… Continue reading

Alex Koplin is a founding member of Kenai Peninsula Votes. (courtesy photo)
In this Empire file photo, the MV Tazlina heads in to dock in Juneau. The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation is poised to bring a lot of money to Alaska for things like ferries, but when and how much isn’t yet known as many of the programs are new. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Young Alaskans thank our congressional delegation for delivering on infrastructure

On behalf of the next generation of Alaskans, we thank our congressional delegation for setting politics aside and delivering a critical win that will help… Continue reading

In this Empire file photo, the MV Tazlina heads in to dock in Juneau. The federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation is poised to bring a lot of money to Alaska for things like ferries, but when and how much isn’t yet known as many of the programs are new. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy delivers his State of the State address before a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Relying on public amnesia

“The future is now”

  • Feb 8, 2022
  • By Rich Moniak
Gov. Mike Dunleavy delivers his State of the State address before a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Opinion: Infrastructure finance bill is a win-win for Alaska

As proposed, my administration’s GO bond proposal requires financing for about $325 million

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a news conference at the Alaska State Capitol on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Winter Marshall-Allen

Point of View: Les Gara for governor, for Alaska’s children, and our public education system

Les Gara has already displayed his commitment to Alaska’s youth during his time in the state Legislature.

Winter Marshall-Allen
Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, Canada, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Opinion.: Reflections on the Juneau protest convoy

Although not perfect, vaccines have helped save countless lives.

  • Feb 1, 2022
  • By Mark S. Johnson
Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alberta, Canada, Monday, Jan. 31, 2022. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)