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My Turn: The Forest Service must change its culture and course

...industrial-scale cuts never would have happened without massive taxpayer subsidies. No new logging roads need be built. The nearly...Industrial-scale logging on the Tongass will always need massive taxpayer subsidies. Our home can no longer afford this. Any logging...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-03-23/my-turn-forest-service-must-change-it
Opinion
Empire Editorial: Next time, let it burn

...action. Now Juneau is considering buying the burnt-out 41-unit building through eminent domain, which means all Juneau taxpayers will own a building the city appraised at $50,000 but which will require far more to bulldoze to the ground. The apartments...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-03-27/empire-editorial-next-time-let-it-bur
Opinion
Bill would halt Marie Drake renovation

...are 102 school projects from across the state on the list.It's either that or ask City and Borough of Juneau property taxpayers to foot the entire bill for the estimated $20 million Marie Drake renovation, which has been in the works since 2013. This...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-26/bill-would-halt-marie-drake-renovation
State | Local | AK legislature
Spud fraud plants farmers in jail

...was a crime of dishonesty," Erickson said during Aaron Johnson's sentencing, which was held first. "It defrauded the taxpayers of the United States."Erickson ordered the Johnsons, who farmed near Cooperstown, to pay back the government $932...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2015-03-10/spud-fraud-plants-farmers-jail
Not For Web
Juneau will only gain from Medicaid expansion

...of uncompensated care that our local hospital is required to provide. Since our hospital is a public hospital, it is the taxpayers of Juneau, and those who have insurance, who end up picking up a big piece of the cost of uncompensated care. So, expanding...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-03-04/juneau-will-only-gain-medicaid-expans
Letters
Letter: Empowered aquatics board would benefit taxpayers

...empowered to solicit and accept funds to support the CBJ budget for the operation of its aquatic facilities would offer local taxpayers a benefit, e.g. Eaglecrest. Innovative programs could evolve to further enhance revenue and improve services to local...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-10-05/letter-empowered-aquatics-board-would
Letters
My Turn: Launching fiction from Kodiak

...real-life story about how the government often denies it squandered taxpayer money while ignoring the real needs of its citizens. And if...different story every year won't change the fact that a lot of taxpayer money has been wasted on a space program Alaskans never needed...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-02/column-launching-fiction-kodiak
Opinion
Soldotna city officials balk at helping acquire golf course

...against the introduction of the ordinance. Helping a nonprofit organization acquire a golf course was not a responsible use of taxpayer money, given the current fiscal climate, Baxter said."I think it might be a waste of a lot of people's time if we go...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-13/soldotna-city-officials-balk-helping-ac
State
My Turn: Tourism suffers under Forest Service management

...industry - where two corporations gobble up almost all the taxpayer money allocated to the Tongass National Forest.Both corporations...Committee's mandate to maintain the existing timber industry means taxpayers must continue to bear the combined cost of government failure...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-21/tourism-suffers-under-forest-service-
Opinion
My Turn: Tongass Advisory Committee fails tourism

...ancient forest and are befuddled why our country is choosing to so rampantly destroy this forest - at a significant loss to the taxpayer ($130,000 per timber job (2013)). They are angry our logs are being exported to Asia in the round, without even a...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-13/my-turn-tongass-advisory-committee-fa
Opinion

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