Tuesday, January 6, 2004

BusinessDigest
Business headlines.

Stingy old GOP
I fussed and fumed when our stingy governor took the Longevity Bonus away from seniors. I had walked up to our stingy governor in the Nugget Mall and shook his hand and told him he was the first Republican I had ever voted for and I was glad he was governor. I take it back.

Dogs can be controlled
Mr. Stephens: I voted for "no restrictions" in the dogs on trails poll. The "most popular" reply in the poll was the best of several poor choices. Apparently you missed the letter in this same space another person wrote while the poll was running detailing this flaw, as well as several better choices that could have been included.

The origins of a word
Homosexual as a word is not used until a doctor in 1869 decided to pervert a word from Greek language to describe the "illness" of same-gender sexual relations.

Pledge merely a 'jingoistic pablum'
I have been following the letters in response to Logan Spencer's excellent letter about the Pledge of Allegiance, and why he will no longer stand up and recite it in class. I must say that there sure seem to be quite a few extremely insecure people out there if they feel the need to attack Mr. Logan in the letters column.

Why is Rings' OK and Potter' not?
I was sitting in the theater waiting for the final installment of "The Lord of the Rings" to start a few days ago and behind me four children sat, no more then 12 years old. I overheard these kids talking about the previous "Lord of the Rings" movies and enthusiastically praising different parts.

Smoking ban negatively affects businesses
This is in response to the article in the Dec. 24 paper about the smoking ban. In that article, Joan Cahill of the Juneau Clean Air Coalition cites a study from Melbourne, Australia, about the impact of "Smoke-Free Policies in the Hospitality Industry." The article states that the Australian report shows 21 studies showing no negative impacts on smoke-free policies in restaurants and bars. Only 21? The actual report has 100 studies. The vast majority of these studies were on non-smoking restaurants and restaurants forced to have smoke-free sections.

Supports Pledge stance
I want to commend Logan Spencer for his courageous comments on the Pledge of Allegiance and what we are being coerced into pledging allegiance to.

We ought to consider viewpoints of others
Many will likely respond to young Logan Spencer's letter against the Pledge of Allegiance. Logan, here are my two cents.

Celebrate freedoms, even in disagreement
In the past few days, three men have used their freedom to write letters to the Empire. Two of those men exercised the freedom given to every person in every country, no matter how repressive their government. They exercised their freedom to publicly praise their government without fear of official reprisal or public ostracism. These men exercised their right to condemn critics of their country as confused or evil a right freely given by the most repressive governments of the world.

Praising Janes' efforts to chronicle the past
Recognizing the efforts of Willette Janes in your recent Empire article caught my attention. She is definitely to be applauded for her time and energy. Many families have lived on both sides of Gastineau Channel, even after the infamous "Cave In."

H.S. senior relishes thrill of saving lives
Saving a life turned out to be more exciting than one Juneau-Douglas High School senior expected.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: On Mendenhall Lake
Jerry Nankervis and son Ian, 14, push off his other son, Elliot, 11, on a makeshift sled made of lake ice Sunday at the face of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Paradise for skaters
Ian Leary, above, winds up for a shot while warming up for a noon hockey game at Twin Lakes. Local residents John Ingalls and Marc Scholten have been maintaining smooth ice for skating at the popular park. Ingalls supplies the water pump and Scholten pumps the water over the hockey playing area, where it freezes into a smooth surface.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Juneau man loses son to murder in Washington
Ten days after the murder of his son in western Washington, local Alaska Cooperative Extension Agent Jim Douglas returned to work Monday wondering what he can do for the family his son left behind.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police and Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Winter dawn
A gull rides the air currents near the Juneau Yacht Club on Saturday morning.

City shelves building ban downtown
In a win for the building industry Monday night, the Assembly Committee of the Whole decided to indefinitely postpone a moratorium on new construction in Juneau.

Kenneth William James
Petersburg resident Kenneth William James, 82, died Jan. 1, 2004, after a brief stay at Bartlett Regional Hospital, surrounded by numerous family members and friends.

My Turn: Alaska's homeland security efforts in focus
For the past 240 years America has been blessed with protection from hostile aggression by our unique geography of having two major oceans distance us from Europe and Asia. For the most part, with the exception of Pearl Harbor and the Aleutians during World War II, America was secure from foreign attack. However, the acts of Sept. 11, 2001, clearly demonstrated an ability of our enemies to strike at the heartland of America and showed us the changing nature of international conflicts, where an enemy of our nation no longer is necessarily another nation. Protecting the United States of America from terrorist activities changed the way we must organize to secure our state.

My Turn: Court, society allow moral decay
It is interesting to follow the mental gymnastics used by those defending the morality of homosexual sex. This is especially true when attempting to deny the clear condemnation of it in the Bible. Sara Boesser writes her My Turn article defending same-sex marriage that there is no credibility on the part of the people who base their opposition to homosexual marriage on Biblical prohibitions because they "radiate Biblical non-compliance themselves." As proof for her contention, she lists a number of Biblical prohibitions that our society violates. She refers to these issues as "Biblical taboos."

Tompkins closes out Huntsman Cup in 7th
After two disappointing slalom races, Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins felt the need for speed. Tompkins, a member of the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team, closed out the Huntsman Cup ski series with a seventh-place finish among monoskiers (eighth among all disabled skiers) during Monday's Super-G race in Park City, Utah.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Skiing for the Millennium
Mark Harmon and Heidi Reifenstein weren't supposed to win the Millennium Slalom Series races Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area, the opener of the season for the Juneau Ski Club.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

At SEARHC, wise women learning healthier lifestyle
In 1987, when she was 40, Sarah Paddock was diagnosed with a form of heart disease known as atriofibrillation. Though she had heart trouble as a child, she was shocked to learn that cardiovascular disease could affect a woman her age.

Alaska Digest
Headlines from around the state.

Was Calif. bear advocate naturalist or 'con man?'
Timothy Treadwell's death came just the way he had predicted. Treadwell and his girlfriend were mauled by a 1,000-pound grizzly bear last October in a remote section of Alaska wilderness that Treadwell knew well after years of living among its bear population.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Knowles tries to halt issue ads in Senate race
Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Tony Knowles called on his GOP opponent to take a hard line against so-called "issue ads" that have appeared recently in television segments.

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