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By: Barb Belknap on December 18, 2012 - 4:42pm - Add new comment

Dear Planning Commission members,

I want to see the Planning Commission deny the Juneau Mercantile and Armory owners a permit to have fully automatic firearms for their customers to use. Given the horrific events in Connecticut where so many women and children were slaughtered with round after round of automatic weapon fire, I strongly urge you to not approve their use at Juneau Mercantile and Armory, the proposed gun range.

By: Barb Belknap on November 4, 2012 - 3:38pm - Add new comment

   Today’s (November 4, 2012) Juneau Empire has a helpful straightforward comparison of where President Obama and Mitt Romney stand on sixteen of the pressing issues of our time. I hope every undecided voter reads it and makes up their mind based on these two men’s positions. This election is not the time (if there ever is one) for making a decision based on one single issue. Voters need to look at the totality of the candidates’ governing philosophy and character.

By: Barb Belknap on August 18, 2012 - 5:47pm - Add new comment

2012 August 18 Blog

The [filtered word] Riot Women and the Tank Man in Tiananmen Square

A stretch? Maybe, but when I looked at the images of the three young women musicians in the group called [filtered word] Riot seated in the glass “Aquarium” of that Moscow courtroom, I began to think of other pivotal moments when somebody totally unexpected caught the attention of the world.

By: Barb Belknap on September 23, 2012 - 9:21pm - Add new comment

  Just as most Juneau folks worry about "Capitol Creep", (that is not a person, it's the gradual moving of state government offices to Anchorage), I worry about the gradual progression of international jewelry stores on South Franklin Street edging their way into our core downtown and snuffing it out.

By: Barb Belknap on November 30, 2012 - 10:49pm - Add new comment

   The November 11th issue of the Empire had an article on page A9 with the headline:"Vatican digs in after gay marriage advances". A shorter article next to it declared, "Pope resurrects Latin with academy to boost study." I tore the page off, folded it, and set it on my desk, where it has languished for almost three weeks.

By: Barb Belknap on September 25, 2012 - 11:03pm - Add new comment

   Since I posted the blog on the connections between the City of Juneau, the cruise ships, and the jewelry stores, I've gotten lots of interesting comments on this page, by email, and on Facebook.

   I've also been talking about this with folks and wondering if there is a will to use some kind of zoning to keep Southeast Alaska core downtowns vibrant and alive twelve months of the year. Can you zone an area for stores that must be open at least 10 months a year?

By: Barb Belknap on August 15, 2012 - 8:54pm - Add new comment

Let’s face it. Facebook’s here to stay.

It’s hard to get my mind around the impact Facebook has had in the world, and on the way we keep in touch with people. The revolutionaries in Egypt used it to overthrow their government. The Syrian Free Press Facebook page provides “uprising updates”. Famous people have Facebook pages created for them as “Public Figures” whether they want it or not.  Reporters grab quotes from politicians’ Facebook pages. Facebook is, well, in your face.

By: Barb Belknap on September 12, 2012 - 2:01pm - Add new comment

South to Unalaska

   Last Thursday, the 6th of September, I got on the jet to Anchorage early in the morning, transferred to PennAir in Anchorage after lunch, and arrived in Unalaska that afternoon. I went north, then southwest, but if I had flown straight from Juneau to Unalaska, I would have gone in a southwesterly direction.

By: Barb Belknap on October 5, 2012 - 3:01pm - Add new comment

  Juneau has its Super Voters who never miss an election. We have the “I’m too busy” voters, the “What election?” voters, the “My vote doesn’t matter” voters, and, I guess, as much as it pains me to say so, there are the “I don’t care” voters.

By: Barb Belknap on November 9, 2012 - 4:19pm - Add new comment

   Well, it's been three days since the election and President Obama won. Some Republicans are doing some soul-searching. Others are saying the political equivalent of "The dog ate my homework." But the election was too close for either side to be smug.

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