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Libraries celebrate National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month - look for these titles on the New Book shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Ignorance is no excuse for discrimination
There are some legislators who would like to impose their religious beliefs on all Alaskans. Everyone should be able to believe what they choose to believe, and lawmakers should realize there are good reasons for the separation of church and state.

Finding the irony in plastic bag tax
On April 18, there was an article about lawmakers adding a tax on plastic grocery bags to help with cleanup and discourage their use.

You hit the nail right on the head, Linda
Linda Orr hit the nail on the head when she proposed that if Don Imus had said, "'dykes or faggots,' there would be no uproar" (Juneau Empire, April 20).

Legislators have too much time on hands
Sen. Kim Elton's proposal to impose a 15 cent per bag tax on Alaskans using plastic shopping bags (April 18 Juneau Empire) underscores why many Alaskans voted to reduce the session to 90 days from the current 120: Too much time in the session leads to idiocy.

Egg trade group misleads consumers
Gene Gregory's opinion piece, in which he criticizes the Humane Society of the United States, could hardly have been more misleading ("Egg label means hens treated properly" on April 20).

NOW wasn't tricked about Roberts, Alito
On Jan. 9, 2006, during his opening statement at Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation hearing, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., claimed that Chief Justice John Roberts would maintain "modesty, stability" and would "not move the court in a different direction."

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau fire and police officials and state troopers:

Photo: It's all in the wrist
Scott Goins, center, from Kenai, tries to hold onto the stick as Chris Anderson, left, and another runner carry him around the ring during the wrist carry competition in the Native Youth Olympics on Thursday in Anchorage.

Delez in court on probation violation
Accused murderer Anthony Delez, 21, appeared in Juneau District Court on Thursday on charges he violated terms of probation set last November after he pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol as a minor.

Livelihoods in limbo
The future of six businesses on Front Street are in limbo just nine days before cruise ships begin arriving and prime business season begins.

Pensions or 401k plans? Debate re-ignited
The state Legislature this week rejected an attempt by Rep. Andrea Doll to reopen the state's traditional pension plan to new employees.

Diva departs after 13 years on Juneau stages
Besides founding Opera to GO!, Juneau soprano Joyce Parry Moore has performed with Theatre in the Rough, CrossSound, the Juneau Lyric Opera, Perseverance Theatre and the Juneau Symphony since moving here 13 years ago.

Coday preps for trial
Jason Coday appeared shackled in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday as Judge Michael Thompson covered the final preparations for his murder trial and scheduled it to begin May 7.

Around Town
TodayAround Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping with the dental health fair and Congratulations on your retirement

Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Photo: Juneau Jumpers spring show
The Juneau Jumpers will perform their annual spring show from 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School gym.

Andersons celebrate 50 years
Lonnie and Dolores Anderson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in a reaffirmation of wedding vows at 6:30 p.m. on Friday...

Student Artist in the Spotlight: David Caldwell
"I chose the flute because I want to be like my brother because he played in Carnegie Hall, with the same flute I play with. I'm thinking his luck will rub off on me!"

It's important to hold on to our images from the past
It is always a pleasure to receive a communication from Dr. Walter Soboleff. He sent this letter on Feb. 1, to all camps of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood:

Yogurt: The quintessential 'health food'
Many people think of yogurt as the quintessential "health food." With its sour, tangy flavor, it is definitely an acquired taste. I remember the first few times I ate yogurt wondering whether I liked it or not.

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
Contact person: Mary Wood, program coordinator.

Neighbors Digest
Southeast Alaska Music Festival held this week and Spiritual healing workshop held May 3

Photo: Bowl For Kids' Sake
Big Brothers Big Sisters 27th annual Bowl For Kids' Sake in Juneau.

Hospice and Home Care: Occupational therapy improves quality of life
If you or a member of your family suffer a stroke, or are recovering from serious illness or surgery such as a hip replacement, you may be referred to receive occupational therapy.


Outside editorial: Wal-Mart's board should consider cleaning the air
Over the years, Wal-Mart has acquired a growing crowd of critics.

My turn: Bristol Bay is big enough
The Pebble Mine may be a great opportunity to boost Alaska's economy or it may bring about the destruction of a world-class fishery. Therefore, we must thoroughly scrutinize the positives and negatives.

Alaska editorial: The budget oath is a blemish on Legislature
A brief legislative episode about funding for the University of Alaska shows just how screwy the Legislature can be at times.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Crimson Bears' boys and girls teams look to keep streaks in tact
JDHS girls soccer

King Salmon Classic rolls into Juneau
Juneau's hockey season closes with a bang this weekend with the annual King Salmon Classic tournament at Treadwell Arena.

Alaska Digest
Water utility performs valve maintenance, Equipment accident idles Prudhoe plant, 13 rescued from boat in Kachemak Bay, Alaska Air narrows first quarter loss & Mat Maid dairy looks for a way to stay alive

Cyanide seepage discovered at Fort Knox Mine
Cyanide seepage was discovered this winter next to a dam that holds back waste from the Fort Knox Mine near Fairbanks.

Senators balk at timing, cost of impeaching regent Hayes
A measure that could lead to an impeachment trial of University of Alaska Regent Jim Hayes received its first hearing in a state Senate committee, but members balked at its timing and estimated cost.

Lawmakers looking to consultants for gas line bill help
Lawmakers have begun lining up consultants to analyze portions of Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line bill as the Legislature enters the home stretch of this year's session.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Photo: Deadly blaze at Fort Richardson
A four-plex apartment burns on Wednesday at Fort Richardson. One boy died and another was seriously injured, U.S. Army post officials said.

Photo: It's all in the wrist
Scott Goins, center, from Kenai, tries to hold onto the stick as Chris Anderson, left, and another runner carry him around the ring during the wrist carry competition in the Native Youth Olympics on Thursday in Anchorage.

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