Word of Mouth

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 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.

Tuesday after work there was snow, slush, ice and bad visibility. I think there were five cars in the ditch, but people are still speeding. They're weaving in and out of traffic going 20 mph faster than everyone else. What do you think when you drive by all these accidents with cars in the ditch? Slow down. Leave for work a few minutes earlier. Then you won't have to drive at a dangerous speed and put everybody's life at risk.

If anyone saw or knows of a car that slid down Behrends Avenue on Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and saw it hit a black Ford Escort that was parked on the hill, please call 790-4859. Now my teen-age daughter is left with no transportation and a job to worry about.

According to their contracts, teachers are required to be at school a half hour before school and a half hour after class. At Mendenhall River School that means they're there from 7:30 to 3 with a half-hour lunch. That means they're required to work a 35 hour week. During that time my first-grader has gym three times a week, music once a week, lunch and recess five times a week, computer labs twice a week and counseling. All those added up come to almost 10 hours out of the classroom. Teachers don't work year-round. They have a very lucrative medical plan, and can retire after 15 years of actual work done. I've been at Mendenhall River hundreds of times before and after school and on the weekends and I rarely see teachers working. Yes, some of them do work at home, but anyone who can work eight months and one week for the average salary of $47,000 a year, which is what the average salary is in Alaska, is well-compensated.

Why is the Assembly wasting its time on the farmed salmon issue when the city manager tells his purchasing department to buy goods and services as cheaply as possible, whether it's out of state or out of country?

I thought the editorial concerning farmed fish was very good. My only problem with the resolution was the naming of merchants involved. I thought it was unnecessary and gave the impression of an unofficial sanction.

The resolution passed by the Juneau Assembly did not mention merchants or stores by name. - Editor

It's time for some people on the city assembly and for the city manager to resign. We don't need more taxes. If you want to save some money, get rid of Eaglecrest. It needs to be privatized.

I'd just like to thank the people who live near Glacier Valley School and decorate their fence with all the wonderful seasonal decorations. They've been doing it since the beginning of the school year and it's really a cheerful sight.

Let's get moving on this 10th and Egan traffic interchange. Now is the time to assist the planning commission in its efforts to formulate a plan. If the planning commission can bring forth a working system for public comment approval by the DOT by early spring, construction can begin this summer. The sooner we do this, the sooner we can avert another serious accident.

On Feb. 8, the National Association for the Education of Young Children hosted a community open house and invited every legislator to come speak with teachers and administrators from dozens of preschools, child care centers and many other organizations who benefit children in Juneau. I was disappointed that only four legislators showed up.

We have too many administrators in this school district. They're the highest paid employees in the school district and it's time to start saving some money.

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