Word of Mouth

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 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.

When reading the article regarding the school district's calendar for 2001-02, I was shocked to read that none of the factors considered included what was in the best interest of the students we serve. If the biggest issue is teacher employment during vacation periods and parent problems with childcare, perhaps that is something the district could look at, such as opportunities for employment for teachers, such as tutoring or ESL programs or increased daycare opportunities. RALLY does a good job, but maybe we need more daycare for some of those off-times.

I'm getting up early in the morning to go to work to pay my taxes so Mark Farmer can tell me what to do with my trash? I've lived here all my life and I've got a real easy way of taking care of this problem and just go out and shoot all the bears.

I believe that the bitter, abusive, tirade by Sen. Edward Kennedy against John Ashcroft was a disgrace to the Senate and the nation.

In reference to the My Turn about the election: It was nothing but a poor plot. It sounded like an Oliver Stone movie. It was equal parts barnyard material, paranoia and race-baiting.

Twenty percent of the nation's top companies changed their CEO's between 1996 and 1998. Sealaska needs to change their CEO in 2001.

What is the problem with the trash can ID system? If you share trash pick-up with your neighbor and their name is on the billing statement, put their name on the cans.

Our shop teacher at the old Juneau High School back in the '30's had a good saying for guys like Clinton: "He's a nice guy, but his feet stink."

Juneau's city attorney just doesn't get it when it comes to honest and open government. Citizens of Juneau are tired of closed-door meetings.

I am with Dzantik'i Heeni wrestling. I would like to say thank you to the people from the Sandy Beach side of Douglas for donating $150 so that I can go to a Ketchikan tournament this February. Our first match is this Friday. See ya there.

I have a suggestion for the Juneau-Douglas High School students and their government teacher. They should form their own student volunteer lobby to lobby the Legislature for funding for their school. It's a target-rich environment for learning and an eye-opener for what these kids are going to step into once they graduate.

To the person who called about selling Girl Scout cookies, the young lady you were referring to, just out of high school herself, was attempting to do a good deed by assisting her younger sister, who's been home in bed sick for several days.

I think the Last Chance Basin is the perfect location to build a big new campground and RV park. The area already is being misused as a tourist attraction and a recreational site. It's only a matter of time before pollution will force the city to find us a new water source anyway.

Those individuals who quit eating seafood this summer because of cruise ship dumping are a classic example of a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. Can we say "parts per trillion?"

In response to the proposed budget cuts for the school district next year, I would urge parents and any concerned citizens to contact Mr. Bader and say that cutting teachers is the worst possible place to begin.

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