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Now that we are required to leave a name for our comment, when will the Empire require its editorial staff to sign their editorials? I think there is a valid role for anonymous commentary just as the secret ballot protects individuals in their right of free expression, Word of Mouth performed a useful function by allowing legitimate voices of dissent to express themselves without fear of retribution from business, state government, federal government or the Legislature.
Bush's mild and soothing spin words, "routine" and "precautionary," apply overseas to bombing attacks newly targeted near Iraqi civilians and at home to Vice President Cheney's heart attacks and surgeries. What next?
I'm going to take advantage of the new Word of Mouth rules, which I applaud, to clarify a quote attributed to me regarding farmed halibut. Everyone in the Alaska halibut industry, not just the fishermen, needs to take steps to position Alaska halibut against farmed halibut. I didn't want to suggest or imply it was just the responsibility of fishermen. Everyone from the fishermen to the marketers needs to look at their position and make sure they are ready for farmed halibut.
What happened to all the hateful little attacks? If you really meant what you were saying, why would putting your name next to it change anything?
Regarding the Word of Mouth policy, no one cares for the pot to be stirred when one is sitting in it.
Regarding the Douglas Indian Association conflict and the character of the two factions' leaders, I've known Dorothy Owen for 20 years and I've worked for George Mather. Owen is a woman of good character and a community volunteer who is involved with Natives for Sobriety and is an all around good person.
Deanna Walton mentioned last night (Word of Mouth) that she would like to see more features on Juneau seniors. The Gastineau Channel Historical Society does programs all the time. Last Saturday we did "Women Gone But Not Forgotten," reminiscing about the seniors. Our newsletter always features interesting information on the seniors in this community and if she would like to join us, we're at P.O. Box 21264 Juneau 99802.
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