Word of Mouth

Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 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 JPD officers who assisted my mother after she had a flat tire at Fred Meyer. It's good to know that JPD is there to protect and serve.

Sealaska shareholders need to understand why their corporation is suffering financial losses. Some board members may have too many responsibilities and their focus is not with the corporation. Albert Kookesh, for example, is the chairman of the board, CEO of the transition team, private businessman, commercial fisherman, staff board member and state representative. The chairman of the board needs to pick his priorities. Either the state of Alaska or Sealaska. If he cannot choose, shareholders should help him decide. Sealaska cannot afford any more financial losses.

I just read the Word of Mouth from the person that says "I am a logger by trade and would gladly trade both salary and job with any teacher any day of the week." Currently there is a surplus of loggers and a shortage of qualified teachers. Perhaps that person should take classes at UAS to become a teacher.

In response to the logger commenting on teachers' salaries, first you have to go to college for several years at a cost of several thousand dollars. So there's a bunch of prerequisites to becoming a teacher. It's not just a trade, it's something that takes many years of education, time and hard work.

To the logger that called in, the grass always does seem greener on the other side. Unfortunately you have to sacrifice to achieve your goals. I suggest you go college five years, apply and compete with the others who want to be teachers. We'd welcome you.

Thanks for the larger font in the article on Amos Wallace. It made it a lot easier to read.

Congratulations to Glacier Swim Club on their fourth victory at Southeast Regionals in Petersburg. A pat on the back to the swimmers who earned the right to keep the trophy and a good job to the coaches for their perseverance.

I'd like to comment on the Business Profile about Marcia Mulloy. She does the Web design for the MendenhallCenter.com and it's a beautiful job.

New driving model needed for Juneau. Break on yellow, stop on red.

When you pirate MP3s, you're downloading communism.

I find it ironic that the first page of the Empire has a snowmachiner driving down Dredge Lake area. So you're telling me it's OK for cross country skiers to use snowmachines in this area but not OK for snowmachiners to do so? I think we need to take a look at what we're telling the community about out snowmachiners. If it's not OK for us to snowmachine there it shouldn't be OK for them to.

Why don't they trust the teen-agers that go to the high school dances instead of having them blow into someone's nose to see if they're drinking?

I just wanted to make a comment about an article in Sunday's paper about snowmobilers who are snowmobiling in the out-of-bounds area at Dan Moeller. To my understanding there is no out-of-bounds area at Dan Moeller.

I just wanted to say thank you to Gary Lehnhart and the high school boys for a great clinic on Monday. My daughter, age 6, had a great and fun time and I wanted to thank them. Have a great season.



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