Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up to the Juneau Local Food Festival on Saturday. According to JACC Executive Director Nancy DeCherney the event was a success with many vendors coming away successful. Fresh produce in Southeast Alaska can be hard to come by, so we are glad to have events like this. In the future we hope they are able to find additional ways to fund the event so it continues to be successful.

Thumbs up to local law enforcement officials and the general public as they pulled together to apprehend the suspected jar tip thief. A crime like this is just silly, but they seem to happen all too often. Hopefully the result will dissuade other would be perpetrators in the future. We hope the Heritage Coffee armed robber will be apprehended soon as well.

Thumbs down to the traffic and congestion at the Mendenhall Glacier. Don’t get us wrong, we are grateful for the benefits that our city reaps from the tourists, but anyone who has been to the glacier when five cruise ships are in town knows what a circus it can be. We are glad that the U.S. Forest Service is looking for ways to make the experience better for all. We hope the public will continue to take an active role in voicing their opinions and ideas in future meetings as well.

Thumbs up to Peter Nestler for unofficially breaking two Guinness World records recently. Nestler broke the record for most jump rope skips while juggling a soccer ball at 126 skips. The previous week he did 93 bum skips in 30 seconds for the record in that category. It is fun to see someone from Juneau breaking records.

Thumbs up to Juneau’s school bus drivers, crossing guards and school nurses, who don’t always get the recognition they deserve but play vital roles in keeping Juneau’s kids safe. Another thumbs up to all the morning and afternoon drivers who pay attention to school zone speed laws and stop to follow the rules when a school bus with flashing lights unloads or unloads its precious cargo.

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