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We give a thumbs up this week to the Southeast Radiation Oncology Center. The new $7 million facility, located near Bartlett Regional Hospital on Salmon Creek Lane, opened its doors to the public during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday. Southeast residents needing cancer treatment now have an option much closer to home and must no longer suffer the additional stress of flying to Anchorage or Seattle for treatment.

Thumbs down to the shootings that took place at the Coho Park Apartments and on Egan Drive. Police have arrested five suspects tied to the shootings, three of which are charged with firing weapons. Juneau isn’t the Wild West, and the days of Soapy Smith are over. There’s no place in our town, or society, for that matter, for individuals who recklessly discharge weapons in residential areas. Fortunately no one was seriously injured or killed — this time. The suspects will get their day in court, and when they do we hope the judge and jury keep in mind that their actions posed a threat to members of the public as well as each other.

Thumbs up to the Hour of Code and seventh annual Juneau Robot Jamboree events held this week. Both encourage students to use their imagination while also building math and science skills; necessary tools that will benefit today’s young people as they enter high school, college and, eventually, the professional workforce.

Thumbs down to the two dog attacks that happened in our town in recent weeks. On Thanksgiving Day a dog being walked on a leash was attacked and later died of injuries sustained by a mastiff-pit bull mix. On Dec. 4, a woman and her dog were attacked by three pit bulls during a walk. Both the woman and her dog sustained injuries but are recovering. These events need to serve as a reminder to all Juneau dog owners. Be responsible and keep your pets on a leash and secured on your property. We can’t expect dogs to use common sense, but their owners can and should for the sake of everyone else.

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Sat, 02/25/2017 - 20:01

My Turn: Arts council restructuring presents great opportunities

As Alaska faces the most severe fiscal crisis since statehood, Alaskans are responding in a variety of ways. These responses are individual, as people adjust their spending habits and economic choices, and collective, as government locally and statewide seeks ways to economize, become more efficient and reconsider methods of doing business that have gone unchanged for decades.

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Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:09

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Letter: Drug war disasters re-emerge

“Drug-related property crimes” emerges as the latest scare call from Capitol building operants. An array of poorly correlated data and distorted interpretations embellishes the rhetoric of the state legislature. That’s what politicians do — if we continue to encourage said behaviors.

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