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Letter: 'Ore House' headline was a cheap shot

Posted: March 19, 2014 - 12:00am

We read with dismay your characterization of George Jefferson’s Thane Ore House as the “Worst Little Ore House in Juneau.” Mr. Jefferson, although he may have made some mistakes, has been a staunch supporter of many organizations in this community for years. To non-profits, he has offered donations and a venue for events and has been generous with his assets. To hold him up to ridicule in a very public way is unbecoming and demonstrates a lack of charity as well as a lack of understanding of what Mr. Jefferson has contributed to Juneau. Kicking people when they are down is not the kind of newspaper we want.

Kate Bowns

Bridget Smith

Terry Cramer

Dian Martin

Virginia Hayes

Martha Hobson

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JP Ziller 03/20/14 - 01:52 am
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Play on words.

I'm guessing the play on words was irresistible-? I admit I chuckled when I read the headline, but my spouse hasn't heard of the musical and found it more of a head-scratcher.

Steve Davis
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Steve Davis 03/20/14 - 07:47 am
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extreme

the headline was an extreme example of bad taste. so much for unbiased reporting.

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Kevin Nye 03/24/14 - 06:48 am
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Hmm...

Yes, the headline definitely directed one's thoughts to that play, and to the later movie with Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. But I have always thought that the very name of the eatery directed one's thinking towards the the term "[filtered word] house". The name of the place itself is a play on words in order to glamorize Juneau's wild and wooly "Gold Rush/boomtown" past. The Red Onion in Skagway capitalizes on the whole "[filtered word] house theme" with tours of the rooms by women dressed in the period costumes of prostitutes , and it is a cool historical thing-in Skagway. And, this fellow Jefferson, although I don't know him (met him) may very well be a good person who has now fallen on hard times, but with a name like the "Ore House", I find it silly to be "outraged" over this article's title. I wish him well, and I hope that the place can continue to operate because I have always enjoyed eating there...

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