Word of Mouth

Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 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.

Calls will remain anonymous, and opinions will be published if they meet the editor's standards of good taste. The number to call is 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

(As you've probably figured out, messages printed here don't necessarily reflect the opinion of the Empire.)

I suggest that the Juneau-area taxpayers take their Christmas bonus next September and save $500 on their property taxes.

Douglas drivers please do not come to a complete halt at the bridge. This is both dangerous and makes you liable when I run into your back end.

Juneau needs a new city attorney more than Eaglecrest needs snow. They're both a burden on the taxpayers' backs. Let's give the entire town a bonus and get rid of at least the city attorney.

The parent that was complaining about Riverbend not teaching reading should get rid of their television set and spend more time reading to their child.

I'm in kindergarten and the teachers are great and I can read. I go to Riverbend.

My son goes to Riverbend. He is in Mr. Jordan's class. He loves school. He comes home every night like an encyclopedia, telling us all the things he learned in school that day. Thank you, Riverbend.

With the Linda Chavez issue, the Democrats and organized labor are once again demonstrating their monumental hypocrisy. As usual, no way will they let any non-member good deed go unpunished. As an aside, it will be interesting to see how the Empire editor changes this statement to say other than what it says.

People that hate logging should live in a mud house just like people who hate mining should not own a computer or car, which could not be made without mining.

President Clinton worries that the return of too many Palestinians would destroy the identity of Israel. Too bad he feels no similar concern about the effects of immigration on the United States.

If Jimmy Hoffa were alive and living in Juneau, city and state worker unions would never have allowed the drastic devaluation of labor that has cut the real value of public employee salaries by at least a third in the past 15 years. Businesses, landlords and everyone else feels free to raise their prices but many seem to feel workers and their families should limp along on stagnant wages and sell their souls to the credit card companies.

There was no public comment period allowed at Monday's PPC meeting. Why was this lack of public input not noted in Tuesday's article about the meeting? Mr. Powell thinks that allowing 10 minutes of public comment at each PPC meeting will be sufficient. It won't be if he won't allow it at all.We live a city founded on mining. We've got mining industry all around us and you can't even get the metals prices in the local paper.

The reason Tim Ackerman doesn't know the exact amount of business losses Sealaska suffered this year is because the Native corporations are the only corporations in the entire United States not subject to Securities Exchange Commission laws. Therefore their shareholders don't have a right to the information.

Just wanted to congratulate TAKU 105 for bringing Jammin' Jim back on the air. Nice to hear him on the radio again. Missed him.

To the person who commented about Donn Liston's letters to the editor, Mr. Liston has a job, which he does well.

No one will give Donn Liston a job because he gnaws the hand that feeds him.

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