Word of Mouth

Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 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.

Three cheers for the newly-elected councilmen of Douglas Indian Association. The old council should bow out gracefully.

I would like to thank the doctors at Juneau Veterinary Hospital for taking care of my sick dog.

To the shareholders of Sealaska: You should be thankful that we're getting dividends instead of not getting anything at all.

I would like to applaud the Forest Service and the flightseeing operators for their continued efforts to find ways to mediate the flightseeing noise issue. The money spent to date on the mediation process by CBJ came from cruise passenger fee proceeds, as did the funds spent on the noise study.

SEARHC, it's time for you to start treating all employees equally. Discrimination is ugly.

Changing the times of school isn't going to help any with the morning traffic over by Floyd Dryden. There should be an overpass there and not a crosswalk.

In response to the high school worker who doesn't think we need a new school: We needed a new high school 10 years ago when I was there. It's a shame we don't have one now.

I'm not surprised at the high failure rate of students taking the Alaska High School Graduation exam. How can these students have received passing grades for years?

In response to the caller who was unhappy about the Canadians charging $50 for bringing a firearm into their country: This has absolutely nothing to do with hunting or fishing. It only has to do with control of firearms and makes people more responsible for their firearms and their actions.

In reference to there being no yield or stop sign on the Juneau-Douglas bridge on the Douglas side: Patience and courtesy may get somebody killed. I can count at least three times where I've almost T-boned a car pulling out in front of me when I'm heading toward Douglas because the people coming from Douglas are stopping and letting them come out, and they fail to look the other way. Somebody's going to get killed if they don't do something about it.

I just wanted to applaud Rosalee Walker for her article in the paper on Jan 15. We can't let prejudiced individuals with little minds control our emotions and that's hard to do. Growing up as an Alaskan Native I've had a hard time, too, but I agree with her. We just can't be as little-minded as they are.

I was wondering how much it would cost the Department of Transportation to send the general manager of the Marine Highway System to Biloxi, Miss., to explain to people how much Alaska needs high speed ferries?

Farmed salmon tastes great. Fish farms would be great in Alaska. Instead, we subsidize the commercial fishing industry, depriving personal use, the charter fleet and sport fisherman of their fair share of wild fish.

Farm fish are pumped full of chemicals and are known as frankenfish. Would you feed this to your family? Shame on the local merchants for carrying this and kudos to the Breakwater for their sign.

Your headline was wrong. It should have said: Dowd, 20 years of noisy nuisance in the neighborhood.

No one is complaining about legal immigration to the United States. They are complaining about illegal immigration. The U.S. makes more than ample provision for legal immigration.

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