Word of Mouth

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 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.

Our son had homework last summer. He had to read two books. Neither he nor his parents think that is unreasonable. On the contrary, we think it is fine.

I cannot understand the school board's attitude in giving out raises. Our kids need books and other supplies and we are so short of money.

The reason Juneau teachers' pay has not gone up in five years is because the union negotiators wanted a closed shop more than they wanted pay increases, better working conditions or a health plan that works.

I like Word of Mouth. Many times I'd like to sit down and write a letter to the editor and voice my opinion but I just don't have the time. In response to Phyllice Bradner's letter, she couldn't have said it any better. Down with the exit exams. Up with the classroom exams. Make sure these kids are learning what they are supposed to be learning.

Those who complain so loudly about Word of Mouth seem to be saying "free speech for me but not for thee."

Thanks to the person who wrote a letter discouraging Word of Mouth and thereby proving a point. If your debate style is annoying and inarticulate, you're better off remaining anonymous.

Why are all those people using the My Turn column to bash the Word of Mouth column? They are just giving their opinions, which is what Word of Mouth is all about. Am I to assume that the My Turn column is truth and the Word of Mouth column is not?

(Other callers made similar comments.)

Common sense suggests that if you don't like Word of Mouth, don't read it. Why should somebody be able to take away my right to read Word of Mouth? Just because you don't like it doesn't mean the newspaper should stop running it. Maybe I don't like a certain column or a certain writer, I'm not going to call the newspaper and tell them to stop running it. I just won't read it. But I wouldn't try to take away your right to decide what you want to read.

(Other callers made similar comments.)

If the city of Juneau decided we cannot afford mental health services, then we should not be able to afford to operate Eaglecrest or build a new ice rink. Both should be privatized.

There are good people in Juneau and Dean, you're one of them. Thank you for covering up our groceries at Costco. The ravens would have eaten them if it wasn't for you.

I agree with Dale Anderson that the assembly's resolution calling for the end of selling farmed salmon is ridiculous.

I think the Juneau Assembly went over the edge this time in telling people what we can have in the stores in Juneau in regard to farmed salmon. Farmed salmon may not be as local or tasty as our wild stuff, but people ought to have the option of buying it if they want to. Marc Wheeler and his fellow assembly members should worry about the commercial fishermen somewhere other than in the assembly. When they start telling stores what they can and can't sell and what people can and can't buy, they're way out of line.

How long will it be before our learned assembly members start telling us which gas and oil to purchase for our vehicles?

The people who should be taking exit exams are the teachers.

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