Word of Mouth

Posted: Thursday, February 15, 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.

For being such a tourist-based community I find it shocking that people overlook the one great resource that could bring more people in to experience Juneau in the off-season and help boost the stagnant winter economy. Eaglecrest could be a real asset to the community if we all just got behind it.

I'm tired of people saying Eaglecrest needs to be sold. I love it and use it all the time.

Eaglecrest's dedicated crew has done an amazing job of making snow and tending to every flake that falls. Skiing has been good, but with this new drop of snow it should be great. Congratulations Eaglecrest for a job well done.

Spending the tourist head-tax dollars as fast as you can on every kind of project that doesn't have anything to do with them is crazy. There are hardly any public toilets and there's not one single ash tray on South Franklin Street. The street is full of cigarette butts and there's hardly any place for tourists to sit down. There are no mail drops or places to buy stamps. Why don't you look at what some of those dollars could do to actually facilitate the tourists who are paying them?

Anyone who works with other people's children are never compensated enough.

I just finished reading a Word of Mouth article about the teachers being well compensated. Yes teachers are well compensated, but I've worked with teachers for 21 years. I worked as a school nurse and I'm nothing but impressed with the amount of time and energy that they put in. They have to be prepared for each class and lesson. They have to grade the papers of each lesson. I've also taught a few classes and it's one of the hardest things that I've ever done. You not only have to teach, but you have to discipline the children and everything else that goes along with it. Teachers earn every penny.

After coming home from a typical 10-hour day, working without breaks to ensure that the children of this community get the very best education and have a wide open future, creating lesson plans, designing materials, assessing student work, contacting parents and working one-on-one with students when I'm not teaching class, it's exhausting to read only criticism from the community.

Parents it's time you take some responsibility and find out what your kid is actually learning in class. Talk to your teachers; go to your classrooms; find out. Don't be apathetic and sit back and let your kids fail. You need to be involved.

I would suggest that the person who writes the Empire's headlines read the articles that go under the headlines and I also suggest that they use their spell-checker.

The muffled sound of children playing in the night. The raven's shiny black coat bright against the white. Snow at last.

The problem with Word of Mouth is that it exemplifies a decline in literacy. People, myself included, are too lazy to sit down and actually write or actually read a letter. We want our "news" fast like a little pill, little bitty sound bite. The teacher's salary comment printed last Sunday shows the danger in Word of Mouth because people assumed the guy knew what he was talking about regarding salaries.

The comment about average salaries was fact-checked by a reporter before publication. - Editor

I think if anyone really thought about it they'd realize that teaching is not such an easy job with great pay. Parents know that dealing with kids is not a picnic and I think that teachers are underpaid rather than overpaid.



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