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Monday, February 6, 2006

Bad influence

Triple threat

Oh brother
Some might say that nepotism makes the world go 'round, while others would beg to differ. Business relationships are always a somewhat tricky matter - especially when you add family into the mix.

Your Turn

Deception, Inc.
Does the job ad sound too good to be true? Then it probably...oh wait, you already know the rest of that equation.

Move past Supreme Court debate
OK, it's over. Judge Alito has been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Time to move on.

A dark path
Yesterday, the president delivered his State of the Union address. While his content is supposed to be the primary focus of this address, another important issue has come up surrounding this speech. This is the arrest and removal of peace activist Cindy Sheehan.

Wasting the surplus
The $1.2 billion windfall is just the beginning for the governor and Legislature. Where is our benefit?

Road not the right investment
In his recent My Turn, Mr. Poor ("Southeast's transportation system falling into place," Jan. 27) seems to think an avalanche-prone road, part of which could actually be constructed below the high-tide mark, sounds enticing to most travelers, but the economics just don't add up.

Daily News generally ignores Times letters
In a recent letter to the editor printed in the Juneau Empire, Larry Persily, the editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News...

Helmets are a tool
In response to Ms. Stuart's letter on Feb. 3 about required bicycle helmets, I don't think the City and Borough of Juneau is questioning your ability to raise your child properly - they are giving you an extra tool to keep your child alive minus the injuries that you received as a child.

Ravens just doing their jobs
The results from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's necropsies on dead pigeons will be interesting. If salt is the cause of the lethargic behavior that renders the pigeons more vulnerable to predators, I hope the results will also give some indication why it's happening this year when it hasn't apparently been a problem before.

What grounds for discrimination?
As I read the article that made the front page last Friday ("Amendment would kill gay benefits"), I found myself wondering just how our governor, and other elected officials, can stay popular while openly trying to abolish human rights?

Service dogs are allowed
I was reading the letter titled "Taking advantage of service dogs". As both a service dog user and a trainer, I would like to set the author of this article straight about service dogs. They can be any dog, cat, horse, etc., that is trained to help a person with a disability.

Danger on Super Bowl Sunday
Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the nation's most entertaining national sports events. Many friends in Alaska gather to socialize and watch the big game on a winter day. Here in Alaska, as in other states, this weekend is also becoming one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.

A slippery slope for freedom
I fear for America. We now live in an America where doing nothing more than wearing a T-shirt that reminds people of the true cost of war - 2,245 dead - is grounds for Cindy Sheehan, an invited guest at the State of the Union address, to be ejected from the U.S. Capitol.

Capitol spin cycle
Thank God we have a Maytag repairman in the Capitol. The Republican machine there has not been able to keep up with all of the Republicans' dirty laundry.

Monarchy in Alaska
From the Greeks we have two very different terms to describe government: A "democracy," (demos-kratein) meaning people-rule, or the people have the authority. The leaders serve the people. The opposite, "monarchy" (mono-archein) means one rules, the top person is in complete control. The people serve the ruler.

Planned Parenthood not selfless
We women are such caring, nurturing and generally trusting souls. We want to believe that others care about us.

Go-Go Gravity Racers
Lizard cars and hot rods sent kids into a frenzy on Saturday at the Nugget Mall.

Commercial, personal-use crabbers spar over access
Some Juneau residents who relish catching Dungeness crab for their own dinner tables are getting a bit grouchy lately.

Statewide bird conference returns to Juneau
For the first time in almost two decades, the Alaska Bird Conference is returning to Juneau this week, with celebrated scientist and nature writer David Quammen delivering the keynote address.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

The Ecstasy & Agony of Juneau's Super Bowl fans
For Troy "Toby" Portis, the lone Steelers fan Sunday night at PP's Douglas Inn, Pittsburgh's Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks was a win for the underdog. For everyone else, it was an opportunity to throw things at his backside.

Photo: Literary warriors
Dzantak'i Heeni Middle School students Sam Bornstein, 13, left, Leah Francis, 13, center, and Clancey Cheeley, 12, write down their winning answer Saturday in the Battle of the Books contest at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

Photo: Chilling out at Twin Lakes
Rory Hamilton, 3, munches on chicken nuggets while waiting for her father, John, to finish drilling holes for ice fishing Saturday at Twin Lakes.

Bear expert to open lecture series
An Alaska researcher peered just beyond the charging sow and saw the cubs, yet he held his ground because everything he knew told him it was a bluff.

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My Turn: Implementing same-sex benefits takes some time
I n January the Department of Law filed a brief with the Alaska Supreme Court stating that it would take a year to implement the court's order to provide health and retirement benefits to same-sex couples.

Empire Editorial: Drop the pot provisions in 'methi-juana' bill
I n 1975 the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state's constitution affords its residents a right to privacy protecting them from prosecution for possessing small amounts of marijuana in the home.

Alaska Editorial: Legislature should set aside partisan politics
The reaction from legislators has been nil, zip, and nada to the governor's call for cooperative action to get things done for the good of the state during the new lawmaking session at Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Animal rights group just can't be satisfied
Some people just can't be satisfied. The group that brought the legal action that recently halted the state's wolf control program now complains that the state Board of Game's actions in response to the judge's ruling go too far.

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Winter climb takes two to McGinnis' peak
Two Juneau-Douglas High School graduates recently summitted the 4,200-foot-plus Mount McGinnis, a feat they might find easy in summer but not so in winter.

Having a blast
I've been having a blast on Thursday evenings lately - quite literally. It's not that I'm not enjoying other nights as well, but as I get off of work each Thursday I meet up with some friends for competitive trap shooting at the Juneau Gun Club.

Outdoors Digest
Fish Board rejects steelhead restriction

JDHS girls finish perfect on northern tour
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team defeated the Wasilla Warriors 50-36 Friday night to their three-game northern road trip unbeaten.

Bears bounce back in weekend split with Ketchikan
The Juneau Douglas boys basketball team earned a split this the weekend in Ketchikan, winning the second of two games against the defending Southeast Conference champion Kings.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

JDHS grapplers finish 11th in competition
Juneau-Douglas High School grappler Dante Santos gave his all in his 119-pound championship bout with Wasilla's Sam Miller on Saturday.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world.

Independent Seattle processor buys historic fishing vessel
The 40-year-old fishing vessel Peggy Jo recently was sold to B&N Fisheries Company.

Legislators face costly housing or family separation
In the early 1960s when Alaska was still a brand new state, lawmakers moved to the capital with their families, many traveling to Juneau in a caravan of cars, swapping long underwear and automotive advice as they made their way down the gravel-topped Alaska Highway to the legislative session.

Parents: Lax aviation rules led to son's death
Like scores of visitors to Alaska, Mark Schroeder trusted his life to the pilot of an outdoor adventure company's small transport plane. And for that, his parents say, the South African teen met his death in an icy lake.

Alaska marks constitution's anniversary
Fifty years after delegates signed the Alaska Constitution, the state continues to show its youth.

TV documentary chronicles AK's road to statehood
When Michael Letzring talks about the making of a documentary chronicling the journey to Alaska statehood, he laughed heartily when describing how more than a hundred hours of interviews had to be narrowed into an one-hour film. "That's the hard part," he said.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Lawmakers seek to test pot leniency in court
Some Alaska lawmakers who are tired of the state's court-ordered leniency on marijuana possession say it's time to fire some heavy artillery at the state's judiciary.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Convention flag returned in time for celebration
The eight stars of gold tend more to brown, and they rest on a field of black, not blue. The right side is tattered, and the upper corner missing. It could use a good old-fashioned cleaning.

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