Word of Mouth

Posted: Friday, February 09, 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.

Thanks to the gentleman who plowed the sidewalks by Twin Lakes and up on Mountainside Drive. At least my kids can walk on the sidewalk instead of the street.

Dwight Perkins is a very friendly person. When people are that friendly, some people get mad and vindictive. I am a woman and I do not believe the charges against him.

"Boundary issues" - what a polite way of saying "sex offender."

I am so proud of Ms. St. Clair and the other victims for their strength of character and efforts to put a stop to abuses. Sexual harassment is not about sex, but rather about power and the vicarious thrill of causing another to become powerless. Now if the Knowles administration would practice its purported no-tolerance policy. Instead it rewards the perpetrator with a promotion. What kind of message does that send to other abusers and victims?

(Other callers made similar comments.)

Judge Froehlich has shown society that he tolerates what he pleases and who you are does make a difference, as in the sentencing of Dwight Perkins. Lesser crimes have received harsher sentences. I can't believe that anyone would like to see their mother, sister or daughter subject to this with this kind of outcome.

Bravo to Andrea Danner's letter about what's being put in Word of Mouth and what isn't.

Where does Editor Steve Reed get off printing all the negativity and cat-calling in this column? You can filter it out just like you filter the obvious slander or other whacko calls. Why do you persist in allowing your nameless gang of phone-callers to make us look like a town full of whiners? Don't you like it here?

Word of Mouth callers comment on problems about city and borough and state government. I'm sure all of us would like to see good leadership and honesty. There is nothing wrong with giving our two cents worth to Word of Mouth.

Thanks to the Empire sports staff for their excellent coverage of all of Southeast. Once a week they list all the scores from all the other teams in Southeast. That way we can find out what Ketchikan and Sitka are doing. That makes it much more enjoyable when those teams come to town and we have an idea of what kind of team they are. Thanks, too, for doing the update about all the Southeast athletes and what they're doing in colleges. And, finally, thanks for not running a picture of the Williams sisters for more than a week.

I have a son in sixth grade. He's taking the exit exam online and getting in the 60 percents. The test is dumbed down, even though my kid is pretty doggone sharp. I think they ought to have them exit exams and if the high school students can't pass they should stay there till they get smart enough to pass. You can't dumb down everything for the sake of political correctitude. It's the age of responsibility. The age of the Clinton nonsense is over. It's the age of accountability, responsibility, reality.

While Bush wants to cut taxes for all Americans, including seniors, the city of Juneau wants to raise taxes and eliminate sale tax exemptions for senior citizens. Maybe we should call in George Bush to help out.

In response to the person who said Eaglecrest should be privatized, maybe they did not see what private industry has done to the ski areas in Colorado and California.

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