Word of Mouth

Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2001

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In his My Turn, Robert Miller states: "Due to the policies of the Clinton administration, the American economy has had the greatest peacetime economic expansion in history, and the record deficits of the Reagan-Bush era have been turned into a surplus." Are the recent tremendous layoffs "economic expansion?" Those unfortunate individuals who have been receiving pink slips as well as those who have taken a drubbing in the stock market in the last six months would argue that point. Perhaps Mr. Miller believes that this drastic downturn in the economy is the result of Dubya's presidency. I believe it is the result of the Clinton-Gore years in office. The great economy we have enjoyed during their years in office is the result of the 12 previous years.

I've noticed in Juneau people think it's OK to talk during overtures to musicals and operas. Musicians spend years learning their art and weeks rehearsing just as actors and singers do. Please show some manners and listen for five minutes.

The sad part of the wreck on Egan Drive between Harris Harbor and the grade school is that sooner or later, those kids won't see just a bent car but a fatality. On one side of the school there is a speed limit. On the other side is Egan speedway. What's wrong with this picture?

When is the Empire going to issue microscopes so we can read the fine print in the movies and the scores in baseball and football?

If we want to revitalize democracy, forget term limits and campaign finance reform - just run lotteries for every public office. Criteria would be set for minimum requirements. Put every voter's name in a hat. Choose legislators, school board members and the governor by drawing. If someone really bad gets chosen, we could have impeachment or a recall lottery. We couldn't really do any worse.

To Sealaska shareholders: One down and 13 to go. Use your power to vote. Do not give your vote to management by voting discretionary, vote directive. Nominate someone into the board and vote for them.

Sealaska shareholders tried to save the corporation 10 years ago, but their hands were tied because they didn't have the money and the lawyers like the multi-million dollar corporation did.

In response to the Sunday article concerning the fast ferries: Would it not be cheaper in the long run to build a good road in and out of Juneau and vicinity?

Why worry about Mark Farmer? He is small potatoes. Go after the mayor on important issues.

The garbage bear committee doesn't represent my views and I hope the assembly doesn't take their proposition seriously. This is just another case of intrusive government. The idea of a garbage bear as a city animal is silly.

To all the loyal Bush supporters here in Alaska: The political cartoon in last Sunday's paper said it all. The guy doesn't know anything.

Finally a hint of reality in the Alaska Legislature. Thanks, Rep. Norm Rokeberg. Way to go.

We do not need to delay the high school qualifying exam. The students need to be held accountable for what they have been sitting in the classroom over 10 years learning. We do not need more teachers and more classes open. These children need to understand that they need to be in school to learn and to further their education, instead of just being here warming the seats.

My children have learned nothing but potlatches and cultural values. We need teachers who believe in standards, homework and tests that make them successful in the future, not storytelling.

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