Having lived in Juneau many years, I have enjoyed reading the Juneau Empire. Now that I have grown a little and have some understanding of how the world works, it seems as if the Juneau Empire has forgotten that we live in a very small town. There is something different and very special about people that live in Southeast Alaska. We are one of a kind. In fact, friends and family of those that live in Juneau are usually spread throughout Southeast Alaska.
I have often picked up the paper to see a picture of local sports teams enjoying a victory or people dancing on Douglas during the Fourth of July festivities, and these things lift my spirits. These are things that make me happy to be part of this community. These are the things that make Juneau so special. We are able to draw near to each other in times of trouble and in times of happiness. I understand the freedom of the press, and I understand that it is important for the Juneau Empire to make money, but I am almost positive that I speak for the community in saying that we would rather hear the good things about our neighbors that their sins, especially when they have already tried to come to terms with their shortcomings.
My point is this, have a heart. The spirit of Juneau is one that reaches out to our neighbors when they are in need, not one that points a finger. We now live in an age where the court system can handle minor problems without the whole town being involved. I have lived in Portland for the past four months, and the story that Melanie Plenda reported on Jan. 7 about coach Hamey would never have appeared on the front page of the Portland Tribune. In fact, I doubt they would even waste their ink with the same report next to the horoscopes and underneath the comics. If you think that it brings pleasure to the people of our community to get news like that on the front page, you are sadly confused.
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