Word of mouth

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2000

The House bill filed that would use state employee air mileage to defray the cost of state business travel is a fantastic idea. Currently this mileage is used for personal gain. In times of reducing budgets and with the difficulties of negotiating state employee contracts, this bill would be a positive step to filling the budget gap.

Do we need a whopper building project like the one being pushed up above Douglas? The answer is clearly no, according to recent Empire articles. The Jan. 9 report showed that vacancy rates are way up and that rents are dropping sharply. On Dec. 28, the paper said there probably won't be a lot more people in Juneau even 25 years from now. Too bad, huh, guys?

Maybe the Juneau School District should have planned better concerning having to replace the central office computer system. They've known this was coming about for more than two years, yet they chose to spend year-end money in June for computers for everyone in central office. Go look.

If the Legislature does nothing else this year I hope they finally get rid of daylight savings time for us. It's the most ridiculous thing in the world to have in this state. I wish we would join other states like Hawaii and all and just ignore what the rest of the Lower 48 does. We don't need it, we don't want it, it's an inconvenience.

I'm just wondering why there's young, capable adult males living in low-income housing.

I don't know if everybody knows this but there's been a whole herd of sea lions out at Auke Bay at the boat launch there. You might want to bring your kids out and let them check out some sea lions.

A move to beautiful Juneau in April has been good for me and my family. I am thankful, though, that I did not subscribe to your local paper beforehand. To an outsider it sounds like a war zone here. Throughout the summer I paid attention to what was being said, local and worldwide, about anti-tourism and Juneau and I'm sure we've changed the way the world thinks about wanting to visit Alaska's state capital.

Regarding the land swap between the city and the mental health lands trust I want to impress upon all Douglas residents that this affects all of us, not just the residents of Fifth Street.

To the caller who said wrestling has a negative influence on children, I'd like to say that they're very wrong. I go to the high school and I know some kids that their entire influence to do well in school is related to the wrestling team because you have to have good grades to make the team. That's what influences them do to well in life.

I can't believe the person who thinks that just because they buy a house they have a right to have a dog barking and keeping the whole neighborhood awake all night long. I think they have the right idea about someone moving. They just have the wrong person who needs to move.

This is to reply to the response for the complaint of barking dogs on Forest Grove and Forest Lane. It is disappointing that someone would allow their dogs to be barking for two years. There are collars that can train dogs not to bark. (Two other callers expressed similar opinions)

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