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Word of Mouth

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 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. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. Callers must leave their name and a number at which they can be contacted (usually between 8 a.m. and noon). Only comments accompanied by a name will be published and only after the caller's identity is verified. Callers' names will appear in print. Call 586-4636 and press 8255 to leave a message.

As a state employee I take strong offense to the publication Common Sense of Alaska in the paper. To me it's nothing more than an anti-state-employee publication. I wonder where this organization thinks people spend their money. I think maybe the teachers, state and federal employees in Juneau ought to give serious second thought to where they spend their money. Maybe if we quit spending our money in Alaska maybe this organization would wake up. I think the organization should really be named Nonsense of Alaska. Juneau wouldn't be on the map if it weren't for the government, state employees and teachers in town. If these organizations left, Juneau might be as large as Pelican in 10 years. I can't believe these people who keep picking on state employees. I'm sick and tired of it.

Ralph Swap

Alan R. Munro's letter of April 23 could not have been written any better. I myself called Word of Mouth several times last summer in an attempt to get this point across to Juneau, but was only attacked by several more calls telling me how breaking the law in our watershed is not a problem. Perhaps you will have better luck than I did Alan. The law is clear, dogs are not allowed up there.

Gary Johnson

I was offended by the headline in the Neighbors section in Friday's Empire: "JDHS Cheerleaders Score in L.A." I think the headline had sexual overtones and should have been edited before being printed.

Jennifer Beardsley

Many choose not to gamble at bingo and pull tabs, but did you know that they generate a quarter-billion dollars annually in the state. Where does it go is the question. At the end of the game, no one knows where the nonprofit money goes. For well over 30 years now the state has their main office up north, games of chance. While in Juneau, bingo and pull tabs pull in $1 million a month and go unnoticed. In the past, bingo was investigated and changes were made. Now it's more secretive. The legislature should know of the income bingo and pull tabs create, which only benefit a few.

Fred Stevens Sr.



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