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My Turn: Big city budget problems require big solutions

Recently, a proposal was released to address the $12 million to $16 million budget shortfall Juneau will face in the next few years.
My Turn: Let the people vote to end same-sex marriage ban

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These simple words, found in the Declaration of Independence, helped forge the ideals embedded in the United States Constitution - a constitution that is the envy of the free world.
My Turn: Keep public court documents public

The Alaska Press Club Board has approved the following resolution against Alaska Senate Bill 108, "An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain records of criminal cases; and providing for an effective date." The Sixth Amendment of the U.S.
My Turn: Assembly must think differently to dodge pool closure

Juneau's city manager has proposed closing the downtown swimming pool to trim $250,000 from the fiscal year 2015 budget and $500,000 in FY16.
My Turn: Why not the Permanent Fund?

Unlike other resource issues, Alaskans stand pretty much united in our efforts to monetize the huge gas reserves of Alaska's North Slope.
My Turn: Separation of Oil and State

Alaska is in a financial and leadership crisis. We are burning through our savings at the rate of $7 million per day, according to noted economist Professor Scott Goldsmith. That's over $2 billion a year with no plan to halt the free fall.
My Turn: Celebrating volunteers

Volunteering is an important part of life in Juneau. Without volunteers our community would be a much different, more difficult place.
My Turn: Foster children need family ties

There are more than 2,000 children and youth in foster care throughout Alaska. A shortage of foster homes and high case loads among state social workers are the result of children bouncing between temporary foster homes.
My Turn: Ryan budget means harsh cuts for Alaskans

On Thursday, Rep. Don Young voted for the Ryan budget for the third year in a row. This bill is an attack on Alaska and Young should be ashamed that he voted for it. The Ryan budget: ? Raises taxes on the middle class by an average of $2,000 per year.
My Turn: No guarantees with KSM mine

Three of the most productive salmon rivers in Southeast Alaska are the Taku, Stikine and Unuk. All three rivers support significant commercial, sport and subsistence rivers and are three of the top four producers of king salmon in Southeast.


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