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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Civil discourse on the road
It probably won't make any difference, but Janet Kussart's My Turn in last Friday's Empire (Fe.b 17) just begs for a response.

Statesmen would protect rights
It is that time of year when Alaskans will be bombarded with gubernatorial candidate material.

Democracy protects minorities
It's interesting to me to hear from one Alaska senator that he "trusts the people" and therefore wants us to vote up or down on an amendment to our state constitution (SJR20) which seems to say that however the vote comes out is the way things will be.

Planned Parenthood will increase teen sex
The title question of the article on Feb. 15, "Clinic to spur teen sex or curb abortion?" is an easy question to answer: both.

Government's policies deny rights
It's not the government's job to sanction heterosexuality or homosexuality, nor is it in a position to judge the marriages of its citizens.

The diminishing of our institutions
Ordinarily, I disagree with everything Rep. Bob Lynn has to say.

Ignorance breeds teen pregnancies
I was a high school art teacher in Texas until I returned to Juneau this past fall.

Deliberate omission
Plagiarism is a serious matter, and Mark Aase was right to bring it to the attention of the public (Empire, Feb. 16).

Web site reveals gold's poisonous allure
As Coeur d'Alene Mines likely prepares its corporate response to Matt Clifford's My Turn, which appeared last Thursday's Empire (Feb. 16), I think it would be good for folks in Juneau and Alaska to take a hard look, as I have, at the Clark Fork Coalition Web site and read what this coalition is working hard to set right there.

Substitute teacher pay hike overdue
The School Board's plans to increase substitute teacher pay are long overdue.

Promiscuity: You do the arithmetic
This is in regard to Wednesday's front page news article about whether Planned Parenthood promotes promiscuity or not. I believe it does and this is why.

A lot of ideas, not much cash
City officials have big plans for the Douglas Harbor area, but only so much money.

Police&Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

Art: One size fits all
The David Walker dynasty continues. The North Douglas wood artist's latest creation, "Wood, Wire and Fire," was voted best out of 29 entrants Saturday night at the Sixth Annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza at Centennial Hall.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: The U.S. Navy in Juneau, June 1988
The U.S. Navy warships O'Callahan and Bradley slip into their berths in 1988 at the U.S. Coast Guard dock.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

Juneau fisheries scientist offers photo-filled story of South Africa
The African landscape contains such diverse wildlife and culture that words just could not describe it fully.

It may seem to some a dirty job, but others say you need to do it
Rainforest Naturopathic Medicine offers something that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "spring cleaning.

Photo: Puttin' on the art
Model Dawn Pisel-Davis wears artist David Walker's latest creation, "Wood, Wire and Fire," as she leaves the stage with other performers during the finale strut at Saturday's Sixth Annual Wearable Art Extravaganza in Centennial Hall.

Bringing passion to the pitch
He originally thought it was a joke. Moctar Diouf, the 30-year-old soccer coach of the Under-14 Juneau Jambaars, returned from a trip to Maryland in mid-December to find a message on his phone from someone claiming to be from United States Youth Soccer.

Bears' JV takes one from Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball junior varsity and C teams got a weekend full of stiff competition from visiting Sitka.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Thousands swarm to state's largest church
The setting is Dimond High's gym on a recent Sunday. Some 2,500 people will gather here to attend three church services. The congregation is ChangePoint, the largest church in the state.

Photo: Grizzly business
From left, John and Bernie Folz, Victoria Walsh, Earl Bragg and Bob Folz, center right, look over a brown-bear hide held up by auctioneer Aron Alleva during the Alaska State Fish and Game horn and hide auction Sunday in Anchorage.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Voters could have say in shortening session
Voters may get to decide on legislation that would shorten Alaska's regular legislative session from four months to three.

Probe breaks up mail-fraud ring
Investigators have arrested 10 members of a group of thieves who stole checks and credit cards from hundreds of mailboxes in the Fairbanks area.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and around the world

Photo: Last Rites
Michael Machulsky, a member of the American Legion post in Kodiak, commits the ashes of Don Gajtkowski to the ocean last week off Kodiak.

Champion musher finds donor
Four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher has found a bone marrow donor, her husband said.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Legislator flays Wash. over ANWR
The debate over opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling could cost Washington its ferry service to Alaska.

Norman Vaughan, Mellen Shea honored in 2006 Nome serum run
It was a bittersweet start to the eighth annual Serum Run in downtown Nenana.

Nine fined for selling alcohol without state training
Alaska State Troopers have ticketed nine people in the western Interior for selling booze without training required by the state.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Lawmaker touts Yukon River ferry
An Alaska Bush lawmaker would like to see state ferries cruising up and down the Yukon River as they did during the mining heyday the 19th century.

State: Abuse program will be scrapped
A government program intended to help prevent child abuse in Alaska is scheduled to be dropped this year because researchers have found it's ineffective.

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