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Let's put it to a vote

In my role as recipient of letters to the editor, I function as the point person for a plethora of pen pals. It's one of the best parts of my job. Filling the Opinion page is particularly challenging. It's a subjective exercise that requires fairness and balance. With rare exception, we devote only one page to opinion Monday through Friday. On Sundays, we spring for all or part of a second Opinion page.
Are we putting history in a moving van?

If it makes sense to move Alaska's capital from Juneau to Mat-Su and to hold legislative sessions in an abandoned Wal-Mart, let's consider other potential relocations of similar merit:
Always more vulnerable than invincible

I can imagine the conversation. "Hey, Dad. While you and Mom shop I'm gonna hike up that mountain. I heard there's lots of trails. The sun's gonna stay up forever and it's so gorgeous today." "OK, son, but be careful. You don't know what's up there. It could be dangerous."
I'm not there yet

Because this is the Sunday before the first anniversary, our attention involuntarily refocuses. Because nothing like this ever had happened to most of us, I don't have to specify the event. We know.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

"Word of Mouth ... allows wildly inaccurate allegations to - in effect - be interpreted by the reader as fact, simply because the allegations take the form of ink on paper. Half-baked opinions and often simply stupid comments find life in the warped journalism of Word of Mouth."
Juneau Empire Story Archive

I've meant to be a better correspondent, someone who checks in regularly and asks, "How are things going?" No more excuses. How are things going? Are we covering the issues and events you're interested in?
Juneau Empire Story Archive

On a recent Sunday, an article atop the front page of the Empire contained an error in the first sentence. Had the error involved spelling, grammar or punctuation, I would not be writing about it here. The error was one of fact.
Juneau Empire Story Archive

Don't worry, this is not the kick-off of some regular, self-indulgent account of "What's Happening in My Life (Not Yours)" column. Today, the space is devoted to acknowledging the hospitality that has been extended to me since I arrived July 31 and to sharing my initial reaction to Word of Mouth.
The power of grace under pressure

...rededicated themselves to being better citizens, friends and loved ones. Thinking Out Loud Steve Reed is managing editor of the Empire. He can be reached at . We were going to be more patient, kinder, more generous...
Bypass mail needs to look at other measures before asking for pay from Permanent Fund

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