Empire editorial: Thumbs: Some up, others down

Posted: Sunday, January 12, 2003

Thumbs up

To emergency personnel whose skills help save lives more often than most of us know. Thanks, too, to the citizen-witnesses who sometimes put themselves at risk by responding on behalf of accident victims until trained professionals arrive. Such heroic intervention occurred last week in Juneau. As sometimes happens, the anonymous citizens went on their way as soon as the ambulance departed for the hospital.

Thumbs down

To the hogs of the road. The melting snow has revealed several weeks' worth of trash along Egan. Some of the refuse is the result of high winds blowing unsecured waste material around, but most if it is the result of the thoughtlessness of a great number of people. Trash also is piling up at trail heads. Maybe it's time for the Assembly to consider heavier fines and to concentrate on enforcement of ordinances.

Thumbs up

To Litter Free and other full-time trash patrollers such as Bob Garrison who pick up after the thoughtless defilers of the roadways and trails. An army of volunteers devotes countless hours to the endless task of ridding Juneau of litter. You can help by attending Litter Free's next meeting at the downtown library at noon on the 16th.

Thumbs down

To Assembly member Marc Wheeler and Joe Geldhof, who took it upon themselves to perform an unofficial christening of the still-unfinished Treadwell Arena. They have diminished the significance of what could have been an important community event.

Thumbs up

To Juneau wildlife conservationist Jim King, who recently received the U.S. Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award for five decades of contributions toward a wider body of knowledge about Alaska's birds and waterfowl.

Thumbs down

To drivers who think they can drive safely and talk on their hand-held cell phones at the same time. If only they could see themselves in action, driving one-handed and out-of-sync with traffic as their phone conversation draws their attention away from the road. If you won't install a hands-free car phone, pull off the road when you want to chat with your friends and family.



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