Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Thanks for helping us commemorate Iraq invasion

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On behalf of Chapter 100 of Veterans for Peace, I would like to thank all of our wonderful neighbors who helped to make our activities to commemorate the fourth anniversary of our country's invasion of the Republic of Iraq and our ongoing occupation of that country.

In particular, I would like to extend sincere thanks to Amy Paige, Judith Meier, Rick Bellagh, Nancy Waterman, Kelly Burnett and all of the other Juneau People for Peace and Justice for their co-sponsorship and their energy in assisting with the Sunday march, rally and potluck; Mark Stopha for his generous donation of Alaska Salmon for the potluck; Miguel Rohrbacher and his fellow Juneau-Douglas High School student members of the organization Peace for all for their assistance and positive energy (and, in particular, for Miguel's participation in the Sunday afternoon rally at Marine Park); Paul DeSloover, KJ Metcalfe, Don Birdseye, Garland Walker, Don Gotchall, Steve Lewis and others who set up the "Iraq Wall" with the names and photos of the almost 3,300 American service members who have died in Iraq, led the march and prepared Marine Park for the Sunday afternoon rally; Mayor Botelho, Sen. Kim Elton, and Rep. Andrea Doll and Rep. Beth Kerttula for their words of wisdom and support at the rally; Jeff Brown, Marsha Moore, John and Dolly Kremers and Don Birdseye for their assistance in the production of our radio show "PeaceTalk" on KTOO-FM on Monday evening; Bill Arnold, Bev Haywood, Carol Anderson, Elaine Schroeder, Brigitte Smith and all the others who joined us on the steps of the Capitol to read the names of the more than 825 American soldiers who have died in Iraq during the last year; Bill Ruddy for playing Taps in their memory; Sue Wilder and Terry Cramer for assisting with the People's Reading of "What I Heard About Iraq" on Tuesday evening; the staff and management of the Silverbow Inn (particularly video expert Joe Anderson) who hosted the reading, on Tuesday, and films on the battles for Falluja on Wednesday; David Noon of the University of Alaska Southeast; and to KTOO-FM, KINY-AM, Juneau Empire, Capital City Weekly and Tom and Beth Melville, of Capital Copy, for their assistance in helping us to inform the public of these activities.

Sincere thanks, also, to Bud Jaeger and Bea Findley and the management and merchants of the Nugget Mall for their gracious support of our art exhibit, "Visions for Peace." The exhibit ran from March 17 through March 25, and featured 42 works submitted by 32 artists, including: Glen Ray, Judy Macnak, Jane Stokes, Alan Munro, Dan Kantak, Marsha Bennett, Tony Tengs, Monica O'keefe, Rob Roys, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Students and their teacher, Debby Johnson, Fr. Thomas Weise, Nancy Barros, Tony Newman, Paunani Maunu, Damon Stuebner, Cha Rnacircle, Paula Sutton, Miah Lager, Michelle Morrell, SueAnn Randall, Jim Fowler, Karen Beason, Lou Cacioppo of Gustavus, Arnie Weimer, Benjamen Wilcox, Ron Klein, Paul Gardinier, Dione Cuadra, Rich Clair, Jay Crondahl, and Paul DeSloover. And also to Nick Coti, and to Rob Roys and Pagan Hill, and Al Alhgren (of Breeze Inn), and Annie Giselle from REACH, for their assistance in supporting the set-up and staffing of the show. And special thanks to Ed Hein who conceived and organized the show, and contributed a work for display.

Finally, my thanks to all the people of Juneau who supported these many activities with their presence and their energy and with their thoughtful comments. To all of these fine folks, I reprise, with gratitude, the "Blessing" read at Sunday's rally: "May the nourishment of the earth be yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours. And so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life" (John O'Donohue).

Phil Smith

President, Veterans for Peace, Chapter 100


Thanks for supporting the Hangar basketball team

The Hangar Green Team would like to thank the Hangar on the Wharf staff and management for their continued support of our basketball team. The Hangar has sponsored our Juneau Parks and Recreation league team for many years and has been especially supportive during the Gold Medal tournament. Please patronize businesses that support similar community activities. Thanks again.

Greg Huebschen


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