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Word of Mouth

Posted: Monday, January 08, 2001

Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

The Empire's Sunday Tongass roadless editorial misses the point. The Tongass logging has never been about milled construction lumber. Tongass logging roads and stumpage fees have always been about federal subsidization - read, corporate welfare - of the pulp industry.

The Empire's Sunday editorial is right. When it comes to our publicly owned timber resources, the Tongass is the biggest prize. But if the Empire is so worried about higher housing costs due to Clinton's roadless policy, let's request that Sealaska Timber Corp., and other private timber owners stop selling unprocessed logs to Japan and start selling processed logs in our domestic markets instead.

President Clinton created a nice speed bump for the loggers. Logging is stealing from Alaskans and our future generations. Who but the greedy and their subsidized politicians could want more of this?

The problem with no road maintenance in the Auke Bay Recreation area is not snow build-up. It's black ice. If the road is not to be maintained, it should be blocked off.

"The Tongass made roadless." I guess that begins right at home at the Auke Bay Recreation area. People don't realize what's happening there. They'd better wake up.

I am really looking forward to the new ice rink. What a great resource that would be to have during a snowless break like we just had.

The Juneau cruise tax money should be allocated toward that skating rink, which the whole city would love.

I think it's wonderful we finally got coupons in the Sunday paper.

I wonder what Tony and his fellow Republican George W. Bush have to say about BP's gas price manipulations.

Once again the Empire has shown its political bias by running an article stating that president-elect George W. Bush was certified Saturday. It was on page 7. You'd think that would be national news that would make the front page. Also, it states in the article that all the electoral votes were signed in the capital of all 50 states. Maybe somebody at the Empire could correct that or let the people writing the article know that it wasn't signed in Juneau, it was signed in Anchorage.

I disagree with the caller who said the Juneau paper is awful. I think the Empire's quality of content has increased dramatically since the new editor took the reins. I welcome Steve Reed's editorials. His voice is calm, even and reasonable.

I was very offended by the cartoon on Sunday's opinions page. I think it was insulting to Hospice and a slap in the face to those who are truly suffering from grief and loss.

Letters and comments are being changed so much since the coming of the new editor that the vein of the community is being cut out. Things end up saying what he wants instead of what we needed to say, OK.

Thanks so much to Dan Harris who performed the Heimlich maneuver on me when I was at the Mendenhall Library and removed the jawbreaker that I was choking on. Juneau is a wonderful place to live.

Correction: A Friday Word of Mouth item incorrectly identified a local affordable housing project as a "Housing Authority Housing First three-bedroom home." The home was built by Habitat for Humanity, not any other group.



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