In regards to the front page article printed Jan. 14 about Laura Stidolph, I want to say I have grown up with Laura and consider myself one of her closest friends.
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The woman I know is one of the nicest and most thoughtful people, a person who truly cares about others and would extend herself under any circumstance. Someone who has true sincere intentions behind everything that she does. Out of all the people and friends that I can think of she is someone who I look up to, someone who has not only a full heart but a woman who has a sense of who she is and who she wants to be; a strong woman with aspirations and goals, someone who I can count on to challenge me as a person and to lean on as a friend.
Though her acts on Dec. 4, 2002, are unbelievable I want people to ask themselves if that person could have been you. Could you see yourself going out for a couple drinks after work and thinking that you are fine to drive, get behind the wheel and the next thing you know you are in the same situation, maybe worse.
This one mistake that Laura made should not be the weight of her character. The person that the Empire is trying to paint and the person that I know, are not the same people. I am sure that everyone who reads these articles has an opinion, it is hard not to, but remember when you do and you start to share it with others that this is a person, a great one at that. And the next time you think that you are fine to drive home from the bar, imagine your name on the front page put out there for all of Juneau to judge.