Word of Mouth

Posted: Sunday, February 25, 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 police officers and to the dispatchers who were honored for their heroism and for their service.

Freedom of speech is protected by the Constitution. Sealaska shareholders know they have a right and can express their feelings by calling Word of Mouth or Problem Corner. If Sealaska does not like it, too bad. As a shareholder said Friday night at the meeting, the business failures of Sealaska cannot be placed on one individual. The board of directors is equally responsible for financial losses. Shareholders should elect a new board. It's strictly business. Instigate change. Nominate someone new to the board. Don't give the board the discretion to vote for you.

There are two community gardens in Juneau. There are 103 working trails. There are zero trails or areas for the adult ATV riders and children who are ATV riders to enjoy. They have very expensive bikes sitting in their garages and are not able to use them. I think it is about time that this community recognized the need for a specific user group. That way more people who pay taxes can enjoy Juneau.

To the person who said the rock quarry should be turned into a community garden, the ATVers have nothing. ATVers rule.

To the average Joe logger, I think the other callers were not putting you down so much as simply asking you to quit complaining and get a four-year degree so you can become an average Joe teacher, not that we want our teachers to just be average Joes.

If the logger does not like snotty responses, he should realize he made the first snotty comment by bashing teachers. Teaching is one of the most worthwhile professions in the world because they touch lives and change kids lives. Their jobs require a lot of work and caring and they don't get paid that much. Teachers in this town don't work just 35 hours a week, they work about 70 hours a week. Teachers are parents, psychologists, nurses, friends and everything.

Since our mayor lives near Douglas it is easy to see why her priorities for improvements to Egan Drive intersections only apply to both ends of the Douglas Bridge. I live in the Valley and you are my mayor, too. The Egan Drive intersections are rated public-safety-wise as the worst in the state. DOT has over $85 million allocated for intersection improvements on Egan Drive. Why can't Valley commuters get your support for these improvements since the funding is in place to do so?

People who own dogs and who take their dogs for walks on sidewalks used by the rest of us need to remember to pick up after their pets. Please.

I've been out of town fishing for the last couple of weeks. I just got done reading my back Juneau Empires. This deal about teachers not earning their pay, if people don't think teachers earn their money then they should do what I did: go on a field trip to your child's classes. The amount of work and patience is astounding. When the principal asked what I thought about it, I said I thought teachers probably deserve a raise. If results is what parents want then they should remember that it's their responsibility to make sure that their kids are prepared for an education in the first place. They teach three hours at school of manners respect and consideration for others which is supposed to be taught at home.

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