There's a double standard on torture
Let's see. We invaded Iraq, killed thousands of people and laid waste to the country because Saddam was an evil guy who tortured and killed his people.

Budget, then tax
Margo Waring's recent letter to the editor (Empire, Feb. 1) held that it was interesting that the cruise industry would want to see an actual budget before they would agree to a tax increase.

Who is going to pay for the road?
I could not believe the simplicity with which the Juneau Access Improvements project newsletter made its case for a road out of and into Juneau.

No heart of gold
Coeur Alaska would like Juneau to think that the corporation has a heart of gold. We have heard promises upon promises about how safe the Kensington Mine will be and how great it will be for Juneau.

Our funding priorities wrong
You know, all these grand ideas of building a new road out of Juneau and a new bridge in Ketchikan and whatever else is in mind are swell.

Get the mine going
I agree 100 percent with Mr. Jim Wilson (Empire letters, Feb. 3) regarding giving the go-ahead to Coeur to get the Kensington Mine going.

We must not sin against nature
In a January issue of the Juneau Empire, Mr. Richins, a key employee in the proposed Kensington Mine, spent many words extolling the virtues of gold mining in Berners Bay.

City should close hill during storms
I have lived on the Ninth Street hill that goes up to the Governor's Mansion for nearly 20 years and have repeatedly witnessed the vehicle mayhem that occurs following heavy snow or ice rain.

Alien workers are not above law
I read the article on the Internet, "With all options exhausted, Guillen to be deported today" (Empire, Feb. 1). The man in the article has broken U.S. law four times.

Self-rescue is best chance for survival
I am writing in response to the article printed Jan. 30 in the Juneau Empire about avalanche search and rescue dogs.

A crime against subsistence
This letter is in response to the recent decision by the Alaska Federal Subsistence Board that will not only have a profound effect on steelhead populations in Southeast Alaska, but also on sport fishing opportunities in the region.

A nearby sea of tranquility
There is a place near here that I could label with many superlatives.

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Judge sentences man to four years for abuse of two preteen girls
A man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two preteen girls was sentenced Monday to spend four years in prison.

Foundation launched to assist local philanthropy
Juneau is filled with giving people, said Joyce Kilcup, who came to work last spring as executive director for the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

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

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

Photo: Winter conditions
Police responded at 2:45 p.m. Monday to a two-vehicle collision on Industrial Boulevard near Crazy Horse Drive. A 1983 Ford truck, driven by a 68-year-old man, collided with a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by a 17-year-old boy.

Photo: Doing the right thing
Gill Grose scoops up dog droppings as Linda Shipman, center, and Vicky McLaughlin search for more along the airport dike trail on Sunday. The group of dog lovers called "Grateful Dogs of Juneau" spends one day a month on a "Poop Scoop" on local trails.

Photo: As cod is my witness
Pat Harris watches a Pacific cod swim in an aquarium last week at the National Marine Fisheries Service Auke Bay lab.

Are some 'A's' worth more than others?
Kate Diebels, a junior at Juneau-Douglas High School, was reluctant to take two Advanced Placement courses this year because they're a hard "A" to earn.

Assembly upholds Breeze In ruling
The Juneau Assembly stood by the Planning Commission's decision to restrict the Breeze In's expansion to 5,000 square feet, instead of 10,000 square feet.

Photo: Just another day in paradise
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays L.J. Francisco from the swift completion Monday of his appointed rounds.

Photo: Sailing on skis
Grant Oliphant sets up his kite-ski Monday at Twin Lakes. It was the third time Oliphant has tried the sport.

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UAS lectures target science for Alaskans
In the decades he's spent studying the aurora, Fairbanks scientist Dirk Lummerzheim has never heard it make a single sound.

Alaska editorial: Attorney general's resignation is a relief
Saturday's announcement that Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes has resigned will likely be met with relief and dismay in the capital.

My Turn: Solve the health crisis before worrying about Social Security
President Bush has declared Social Security is in crisis and will be bankrupt by 2042, and his solution is to take income away from the Social Security trust fund and put it into private retirement accounts.

Ordway League Playoff Results
Results from the postseason playoffs for the 2004-05 Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's Ordway Adult Basketball Leagues. The regular-season final standings ran in the Jan. 25 Juneau Empire sports section.

Alaska State Meet Outstanding Wrestlers
The Alaska state tournament outstanding wrestlers since the 1974-75 school year.

State Wrestling Team Champions
Championship wrestling teams from the past.

Scenes and Results from State
Final results from the Class 4A state wrestling meet held Friday and Saturday at Chugiak High School.

Knicks beat Jazz in OT
Stephon Marbury told his New York teammates to keep their heads up and give him the ball.

The Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network high school basketball poll for the week ending Jan. 29.

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.

State game officials are pondering establishing a moose hunt on the Anchorage hillside
State game officials are considering holding a moose hunt in the Hillside area above Anchorage.

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

State says cruise ship air pollution has gone down
Cruise ship companies operating in Southeast Alaska have paid $540,000 for air pollution violations since 2000, but the number of infractions has rapidly declined over the last four years, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Gamers turning their online play into business
It's not a conversation you'd hear in a real-world battle.

Staff reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Students can earn a good letter grade in art of calligraphy
Students looking for a good letter grade at Kodiak College should consider signing up for Jim Peotter's calligraphy class.

Groups appeal mine approval
Four Southeast environmental groups on Monday appealed the U.S. Forest Service's decision to approve the Kensington gold mine.

Experts baffled by die-off of Interior's red-capped finches
An increasing number of redpolls are dying off in the Fairbanks area this winter, baffling wildlife biologists.

Renkes' departure put on hold
Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes on Monday submitted a formal letter of resignation to Gov. Frank Murkowski but agreed to stay on the job until a replacement takes over.

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

Geoduck divers report strong prices
Geoduck clams are commanding strong prices in a season that's gone well in Southeast Alaska despite several interruptions.

State relies on stores to enforce new voucher rule
State officials will rely on stores and cashiers to enforce a directive that requires women and children who receive government vouchers for food staples to pick the cheapest brand of milk and cheese.

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