Word of Mouth

Posted: Monday, February 26, 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.

I am not a Bob Loescher fan. Unfortunately he's turned out to be the 13 board members' scapegoat. Shareholders, take the time to vote. Do not vote discretionary.

Sealaska board of directors have made decisions that they should be held accountable for. Sealaska's financial losses are direct evidence of the board's failure to protect shareholder interests. We can start by calling for the resignation of the chairman of the board. He wears too many hats and his focus is not on corporate business. The board of directors can show their concern supporting the call for his resignation.

I have to tell you that I almost cried at that Sealaska meeting when they announced they had lost $120 million. I thought if they had just divided that 120 million evenly amongst the 16,800 shareholders that had never received anything significant, they could have got homes and things for their children. Instead they gave it to the white world, and that was not Congress intended.

This year's high school soccer team ought to be really good with the state's No. 1 player, Justin Dorn, and also the next state No. 1 player, Rob Lossett. Everyone should come out and watch.

As a young woman with no license I rely on Capital Transit to get from home to work and back. I find it to be a great inconvenience that on Sundays the buses stop running at 6 p.m.

The Sunday Empire says that the appeals court orders review of Glacier Bay cruise ship expansion. Both in lieu of shutting down the fisheries and everything else that was going on in Glacier Bay, I think that Southeast Alaskans should be pretty resentful that they're letting more and more cruise ships into the bay. If we can't fish or hunt in there, people shouldn't be allowed to ride around on cruise ships and disturb the marine life in there either.

The traffic problem downtown can be fixed at absolutely no cost. The only reason we have a traffic problem is because everyone gets off work and goes to work at the same time. The city and state need to change the work hours. Most of us would rather work 10 hour days, four days a week, or start earlier or work later.

Eric Fry's Sunday article wants us to believe that we have a teacher shortage in Juneau. There are at least 100 unemployed or underemployed certified teachers in Juneau. We could cut teachers' salaries and benefit by 25 percent and still keep all positions filled with teachers who would be grateful to be in a classroom and employed. There is no teacher shortage in Juneau.

ANWR is the biggest battle in history. There are several key players, notably the environmental community, Native corporations, the oil industry, organized labor and the government of Canada. And it seems apparent that the state will have to make compromises with these groups in order to persuade Congress to open ANWR. A general consensus among knowledgeable observers is that the state will have to present a unified front in Congress if it expects to open ANWR.

To the person who called about Bill Thompson writing in the Juneau Empire about Clinton. Clinton is an admitted perjurer, which is a felony in most states. A psychologist friend of mine said he is also a sexual predator. You may love him but most people would not want to associate with somebody with that kind of a habit. But you're entitled to your opinion.

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