Word of Mouth

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 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.

If I were a new pediatrician in town, I would open at 7:30 a.m. When offices don't open until 9 a.m., you end up having to wait in line for an hour or taking a sick kid to the E.R.

In Wednesday's reference to the many hats that Mr. Kookesh wears, you overlooked his position with AFN. During Friday's Sealaska community meeting, we hope Mr. Kookesh will answer all the questions asked him in a straightforward manner.

This is in response to the caller who would like to trade his lumber job for that of a teacher. Education in its various forms should be considered the most valuable occupation in our society today right alongside medicine. All teachers, no matter what grade level, should have a minimum of a master's degree and their pay should be adequate in regard to their education. This would create a similar situation to the medical community where the job is sought after eagerly and the competition is fierce, producing the best possible educators. Anyone who has ever had a great teacher would tell you the same and their worth is invaluable. So possibly if that caller got the education that he deserves he would be able to change his job and salary to that of a teacher.

In regard to the traffic problem downtown, why don't they throw some rocks in the canal out there where they're laying the pipe across because the land is rising and that's not going to be deep enough for the boats to cross there in a couple of years anyway. Then the could put a bridge across there.

I would like to respond to the comments on the logger who had called in about teacher's salaries. "It's not just a trade, it's something that takes money and years of education time and hard work." I suggest that a teacher try logging. That takes a lot of education and hard work. I think everybody needs to be a little more gentle in the comments they make about one another. That logger should look into being retrained as a teacher, I agree, but I don't think the teachers should be making elitist comments.

More than a few snowmobilers overdrove the boundaries at Spaulding Meadows this past weekend and actually ruined the snow throughout the Meadows. This is unfortunate for those snowmobilers who comply with the boundaries and snowmobilers overall because it left a very bad impression with more than a few people.

I just want to make a comment on how wonderful Beth Kerttula is. Especially how she wants to keep us landlocked in Juneau forever. I don't think Beth should not run for office next time. Maybe then we'd have a road out of here so we'd have something to do during the weekend. Go Mike Race.

To the person who was responsible for the hit and run of a Ford Focus in the State Office Building last week, shame on you for not being honest enough to take responsibility for your actions. It will take at least $1,000 to repair the damage.

The Word of Mouth column prepared for publication Sunday, Feb. 18 was overlooked inadvertently by the Sunday editor. The column that was published in its place contained transcriptions of calls that had not been approved for publication. Some comments did not meet the managing editor's standards of good taste. The Sunday editor and the managing editor apologize. The column originally prepared for publication last Sunday ran in its entirety on Monday. - Managing editor

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