Topic is really not a subject for argument
For over a week now in this section of the paper, there has been a raging debate over the rights of homosexuals and/or wrongs of homosexuality.

Smoking ban has hurt elsewhere
I have been following the debate about the proposed smoking ban in bars with great interest. I am the doorman at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar and I am a smoker. I am fervently against the smoking ban. I believe it will hurt business for the local bars. I have seen it elsewhere.

Here are more thoughts on the Pledge
There have been many responses to Logan Spencer's letter regarding the Pledge of Allegiance. Some agree with him, most do not. Some of the more interesting are somewhere in-between.

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.

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.

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.

A Pledge substitute
Here's a sincere substitute for Logan Spencer.

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.

The only sensible choice for dog owners
In response to Richard Stephens letter in Friday's paper. I believe 90 percent of dog owners in Juneau would agree with you. The poll's only viable option was the last one that stated "no restrictions" as the other options were not acceptable to dog owners.

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.

Youths also need to be responsible
The letter to the editor by Wendall Bishop titled "Avoid Another Tragedy" on Dec. 26 really struck a nerve with me. I am an assistant pre-K teacher, and I feel that drivers need to be more attentive and slow down!

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.

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.

Courtesy appreciated
I am writing in response to Cheryl Van Dyke's letter "Thanks to nice snowmachiners." I want to thank you for writing the letter. There are a lot of people out there who think that all snowmachiners just race up the trail and are rude but, as you were able to see for yourself, that is not true.

Photo: Nature's handiwork
Mother Nature shows off her unmatched ability to create abstract scupture by encasing a twig in ice, framed by flowing water and pebbles, next to a beaver dam at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday.

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

Plan could alter how dividends are calculated
Alaska Permanent Fund trustees will be back again this legislative session pushing a plan that would change the way dividends are tallied.

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.

Planners advise union labor on new high school
Planners of the Mendenhall Valley high school have recommended that the Juneau Assembly require an agreement with contractors to hire through local union halls when possible.

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

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.

Transit center slated for Main
About 30 Capital Transit bus drivers will be able to take daily breaks at a new downtown transit center, under a proposal by the city.

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.

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

Photo: Getting ready for session
Legislative Affairs Agency supply clerks, left to right, Neil Erickson and Mitch Brooks move furniture out of the Alaska Capitol on Tuesday. Workers have been busy moving supplies and furniture in preparation for the upcoming legislative session, which begins Monday.

Photo: The two towers
A couple walks Tuesday on Mendenhall Lake in front of the Mendenhall Towers. Hikers are cautioned to avoid walking close to the face of the Mendenhall Glacier as calving can happen at anytime.

Photo: Thank you
Eaglecrest Ski Area would like to thank all who made a really brilliant event successful.

Pets of the week
Pets available for adoption.

... for participating in annual holiday gift wrap
AARP, Mt. Juneau Chapter, wishes to thank the following for participation in the annual December gift wrap.

Photo: The gulls of New Year's Eve
Eagle Beach gulls slog along performing their gull chores in the dim midday light of New Year's Eve in the shadow of the Chilkats.

... for donation in aid of craft and card party
The Juneau Public Libraries would like to thank Printing Trade Company and Alaska Litho for their generous donation of supplies for the kids' holiday craft and card-making party at the Douglas library on Dec. 6.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

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.

Richard 'Rick' David Mills
Kake resident Richard "Rick" David Mills, 43, died in a boating accident.

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."

My Turn: Medication breakthroughs for mental patients
The article recently reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, "Schizophrenia meds differ mostly in price," by Rosie Mestel, has serious, even fatal flaws. Fatal because even the suggestion that there is little difference between medications can precipitate suicide if someone stops taking their medications.

ASBN state prep basketball poll
The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Jan. 5.

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.

New-look Knicks come up short against the Cavs
Stephon Marbury couldn't get over the sight of himself wearing the jersey of his hometown New York Knicks. He would have looked better in it if the result had been different. LeBron James' 10 assists and Zydrunas Ilgauskas' 24 points led the Cleveland Cavaliers over the new-look Knicks 107-96 Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Athabascan matriarch dies in Nenana at age 97
Mary C. Demientieff, the matriarch of a large Interior Athabascan family who provided decades of health care in Nenana, died Sunday evening at her home. She was 97.

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.

Anchorage fails to meet abuse mandate
The Archdiocese of Anchorage is out of compliance with a new mandatory charter adopted by Roman Catholic bishops to prevent sex abuse by priests, according to a national audit released Tuesday.

Kake grieves as search continues
With school suspended in Kake for the rest of the week, volunteers continued searching Tuesday in below-freezing temperatures and strong winds for one of its students.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

This Day in History
Historic events in Alaska.

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