Word of Mouth

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 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.

We cannot let DOT turn Glacier Avenue into a freeway between the condominiums and 12th Street. That area of Glacier Avenue is heavily used by pedestrians. Not only people who live in the neighborhood, but employees of the Federal Building and students go back and forth on foot in that area all day. They're not going to stop doing it. It's just going to become incredibly dangerous.

Under DOT's plan for downtown traffic, it will take six stoplights to leave downtown. One existing stoplight at Main Street and five new ones to be routed past the Federal Building and then past Harborview School and back onto Egan. No thanks, DOT.

"Hi mom, I'm home. Can I play Nintendo and then watch the Pokemon movie for the hundredth time and then after dinner can we install my new computer game, Jumping Jack Frogs?" Hey parents, sound familiar? When's the last time you said, "tonight we're going to start reading a book together that I picked up at the library." If we do our part at home it makes the teachers' job more effective. Less time is spent deprogramming before they can teach. As a parent I know we can be the most important teacher our child can ever have.

I'd like to congratulate the Juneau boys on two great basketball games. I'd also like to congratulate the Juneau girls and Ketchikan girls for playing two outstanding games. I'd especially like to give two thumbs up to the Bears' Courtney Mason for always hustling and giving 100 percent. She's a great player to watch. The downside, it's that same old thing where the referees have to come in and help after Ketchikan beat us the first night. The second night our girls came back and won thanks in part to Juneau shooting 26 foul shots compared to Ketchikan shooting 11. We don't need the refs' help. I'd like to thank George Houston for showing some class and letting the senior manager get in there and play.

It's nice to see that there's finally an article about snowmobiling in Juneau. If everyone's so worried about avalanches then why don't we have some trails other than Spaulding that can be opened so we can ride?

For the couple that celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary at TK Maguire's Lounge last Friday, please contact the bartender Monday through Friday evenings there. I found what you lost.

I am a logger by trade and I would gladly trade both salary and job with any teacher any day of the week.

I'm just wondering how much time the people who are griping about overpaid underworked teachers have spent in their kids' classrooms lately. They might learn something from being there.

I think we have enough alcohol problems in Juneau. They should promote this boxing club thing without serving booze.

This is to all the runaways of Juneau. If you have such a problem in your family life you need to talk to a police officer, a social worker, a teacher, a minister or a friend. Try to work out your problems. And this is for the community. You should not be hiding runaways. Would you appreciate someone hiding your child?

Beth Kerttula has the vision to stand up for Alaskans like me against all those big money Republicans who've attacked ANWR like a pack of wolves.

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