Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Streamlining or minimization?
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I am well familiar with the ego defense mechanisms of denial and minimization. One of the best recent examples of minimization appeared in the March 26 Empire article titled, "House OKs change to predator control laws."

Parnell should have run two years ago
Historically, being lieutenant governor has never been a stepping stone to other elected statewide offices.

Outrageous comments by Rep. Bill Stoltz
While listening to KJNO on March 20, I heard Rep. Bill Stoltz make some pretty outrageous comments regarding the moving of the Legislature. The one statement that really stuck was in regards to Juneau's arrogance in choosing when and when not to use the FRANK Initiative.

Stop the Juneau access road project
I am writing to request that Gov. Sarah Palin quash any plans to proceed with the Juneau road/ferry project. This pork barrel spending of the taxpayer's money will be harmful to Alaskans' public safety, environmental quality and lifestyles.

Is Iraq really free?
On the fifth anniversary of our invasion of Iraq, perhaps we should reflect upon the course of action that has had a profound effect on many people, in Iraq, the United States and other nation states throughout the world.

Thankful for smoking laws
Todd Perdon's letter to the editor comparing Juneau's recent smoking ban to problems with dog feces in his yard missed the point. The only similarity I can see is that dogs must be let outside to defecate just like smokers must be let outside to inhale their poisonous cloud of carcinogens.

Reaching out
To reach out to her 140 to 150 students, Laury Scandling gathered them at a local church this school year after a teenager had committed suicide.

Gaps in the system
Debbie White's teenage son stopped wanting to answer his cell phone last year because he was afraid it would be yet another call about one of his classmates killing themselves.

Parents find ways to cope with grief
When Ron King's son died in 1993, he asked people to donate to a scholarship fund through the Juneau School District instead of giving flowers. But district officials said no because Corey King, 16, had killed himself.

Teenagers discuss their feelings, fears
When Nani Toetuu's good friend died by suicide last year, the 16-year-old Juneau-Douglas High School student was shocked.

State's higher-than-average suicide rate drops in small increments
Alaska wants to remove itself from the nation's Top 10 list for the number of suicide deaths per capita.

Photos: Student scientists in the spotlight
Two projects and six students will be sent to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Atlanta in May. One-hundred fifty-four students entered 124 science project in this year's fair. One-hundred-fifty volunteer judges will select the winners.

Juneau collectors go after city sales tax dodgers
At least 241 of Juneau's 3,700 registered businesses - or about 7 percent - are delinquent in paying their city sales tax.

Around Town
Monday

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Payload
Taku Smokeries Fisheries employee Gary Isturis sorts black cod Monday as it is unloaded on the business's dock. "The price is very high at this time for black cod," said Eric Norman, general manager of Taku Smokeries Fisheries.

Photo: Last-minute PFD applications
Joe Winders fills out an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend application Monday in the State Office Building. PFD technicians Eric Thorsteinson, left, and Jaime Skeek worked the application drop-off point in the Willoughby Avenue entrance because the building was closed due to Seward's Day. They had received an estimated 135 dividend applications by late afternoon Monday, the deadline to file for a PFD check.

Around Town
Today

Police & Fire
Driving without a license:

Correction
A wire item on a dog who was killed in a wolf trap on the Eagle River Trail, published in the Alaska Digest in Monday's Juneau Empire, included an incorrect number of dogs that went missing. Only one dog disappeared and was later discovered caught in the trap and dead.

U.S. women push back on calls for Clinton to exit race
NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Debra Starks has heard the calls for Hillary Rodham Clinton to quit the presidential race, and she's not happy about it.

David H. Tersteeg
Longtime Juneau resident David H. Tersteeg died March 8, 2008, in Juneau. He was 68. He had been in failing health for many years.

Lillian Wedgeworth
Former Juneau and Douglas resident Lillian Stevens Cameron Wedgeworth died March 23, 2008, in Seattle. She was 72.

My turn: April a time to think about health and death
April in Juneau is a time of the earth awakening. Bright crocus begin to bloom and the distinctive smell of skunk cabbages wafts through the air, alerting us that spring has arrived.

Outside editorial: Lessons from Japan's malaise
A little knowledge can be not just dangerous but grossly misleading. That is the right conclusion to draw from the latest, surprisingly reassuring data about the U.S. economy and from the interview in Thursday's Wall Street Journal in which Sen. Hillary Clinton warned that America must avoid a "Japanese-like situation."

My turn: High school's auto shop fills important role
Recently a student entered my classroom grinning from ear to ear.

Outside editorial: Home truths
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Outside editorial: In bed with the FAA
The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Ferry successfully docks in new facility
JUNEAU - The crew aboard the Matanuska successfully moored at the BC Ferries' docking facility in Prince Rupert, Canada, Sunday.

More school funding added to capital bill
JUNEAU - State legislators have added another $20 million for schools statewide - this time in the capital budget. The one-time money amounts to an extra $100 per pupil.

Basset hound killed in wolf trap just off trail
JUNEAU - A dog was killed in a trap Wednesday while being walked on the Eagle River Trail in Juneau.

Mat-Su farmers settle with state over logo
JUNEAU - A heated four-year-old dispute over use of the bright blue, yellow and green "Alaska Grown" logo has been settled between a regional farm bureau and the state of Alaska.

Art authentication program gets teeth
ANCHORAGE - The Silver Hand program now has some teeth.

Mackey says dog will recover from crash
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey's 9-year-old champion sled dog, Zorro, will recover after being hit by a snowmachiner during the All-Alaska Sweepstakes, Mackey said.

Candle causes small apartment fire
JUNEAU - An unattended candle led to a small fire in a Douglas apartment Monday morning, authorities said.

Another month given for mine responses
JUNEAU - Environmentalists and the U.S. Corps of Engineers have been given another month to respond to a U.S. Supreme Court petition filed by the owner of the Kensington gold mine to have its permits reinstated.

Return talent shores up Bears' soccer
Juneau-Douglas High School soccer begins this week as the Crimson Bears prepare to once again make an attempt at the state championship trophy.

Photo: CCFR vs. Air Excursions
Passing: CCFR's John Adams, center, passes around Air Excursions' Leah Cazemier, right, during their Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C game on Friday.

Crewman describes alarm, flooding on vessel
An assistant ship's engineer on Saturday described the frantic last 90 minutes on board the 203-foot Alaska Ranger as it rapidly took on water and sank early Easter morning, killing five crew members.

Sitka still stunned after fatal stabbings
The stabbings that took the lives of four people and left one injured last week has left this community shocked and a little less isolated from the rest of the world.

State energy rebate bills losing power
Billions of dollars of oil wealth are flowing into Alaska's treasury, but attempts to share it with Alaska residents are faltering on concerns about fairness and fiscal responsibility.

Silence of reclusive Alaska Ranger owner could end
The reclusive owner of a fishing boat that sank in the Bering Sea last week, killing the skipper and four other crew members, has not spoken publicly since the ship went down.

State examines data on infant deaths at the hands of adults
Some of the babies suffocated in their sleep, on plastic bags, balloons or laundry carelessly left too close. Seven died after being hit, thrown, dropped or kicked. Two infants were shot; two others, starved.

Legislature discusses ethics bills
A bill looking to give state watchdogs more time to investigate complaints against elected officials has come down to one burning issue: how much time.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Historic church showing its age
KENAI - For a building that has withstood volcanic eruptions, a massive earthquake and 113 winters, the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church is wonderfully pristine.

Lance Mackey's dog, Zorro, being flown to Seattle after collision with snowmobile
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey's dog, Zorro, was being flown to Seattle on Sunday for a test on his spine after the Iditarod champion's sled was rear-ended by a snowmobile during the All Alaska Sweepstakes race.

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