Empire needs to be more objective

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held a public hearing on the Juneau Access project. The idea of conducting these hearings over two nights instead of just one was a courtesy to the public to allow as many people as possible a chance to participate. But the Juneau Empire reporter and photographer attended only the Wednesday hearing and the only story in the Empire was on Thursday before 100 percent of the comments had been received. Wouldn't it have been more fair and accurate to wait until all the testimony had been presented before declaring a town divided? Fifty plus pro-road supporters who were there for the equally important Thursday hearing were totally ignored by the Juneau Empire. The Thursday hearing included pro-road comments from our neighbors in Sitka and Fairbanks who came to town to testify. Why isn't the Juneau Empire more objective about this issue?

Romer Derr


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