Make our neighbors feel welcome, safe

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2006

While attending the last home stand of the Juneau-Douglas High School boy's basketball team against Ketchikan (our Southeast neighbor, not rival) Feb. 24 and 25, I was both appalled and disappointed. At the beginning of Saturday's game, it was announced that the Ketchikan team's uniforms and personal effects were stolen from a room at JDHS.

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I was appalled that this shameless and cowardly act happened in our community. I was disappointed when the public address announcer stated that the Ketchikan athletic department was offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crime, and no representative of JDHS stepped to the microphone to offer an apology or match the reward.

Kudos to coach Leslie Knight and the girl's Rebounders Club, who having been in Ketchikan competing against the Ketchikan girl's team the same weekend, presented the Ketchikan boy's coach, as he deplaned in his home city, with a check of $500 to help offset their losses. This is the type of sportsmanship that all of Juneau need to display.

I believe that we, as a community, need to ensure that all guests visiting out town feel welcomed and safe. We rely on our Southeast neighbors not only economically but also as a support to maintain our unity as a region. If our neighbors don't feel welcomed and safe in their capital city, imagine how they will vote if another capital move initiative is presented. Think about it, Juneau!

Dave Heimbigner


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