Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Reader's opinion doesn't matter
Mike Koy's letter in the April 13 Empire gets some things turned around. He, like Priscilla Feral, seems to want to pretend geographic borders don't mean anything because they are arbitrary.

Suggestions for Bush
In response to a recent letter writer's suggestion that "Bush bashers" come up with some positive suggestions for a change, here are a few which I would suggest to the Bush and any other administration:

Coeur Alaska spins the facts
Could it be possible that Tim Arnold, vice president and general manager of Coeur Alaska, might have some personal interest involved in his "Top 10 reasons for Kensington Mine," or is it just me?

Facts about the mine
In response to Tim Arnold's letter to the Empire, April 9, 2006, I present actual facts in response to Mr. Arnold's "Top Ten." However, I can't address all 10 in the 400 words the Empire allows.

Put the second high school to a vote, again
Just as Bush told us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, our city leaders told us that "X" amount of dollars was needed to build a new high school.

Free up land for housing
In the April 19 copy of the Empire, there was an article about the homeless problem.

No longer able to afford to buy home
Imagine our surprise to learn that, according to the assessor's office, my husband and I could no longer afford to buy the home we have owned for the past five years.

For the record books
We are doomed, according to the oil companies and others, if the legislators decide to tax them at 25 percent instead of the governor's 20 percent.

Fund ways for students to pursue trades
Our staggering school dropout rate is the result of the misguided premise, and implementation of that premise from the top right on down, that every student going through the system is college bound. This premise is simply false. We have turned the words "carpenter," "mechanic," "bricklayer," "plumber," "electrician" and "proficient laborer" into dirty words in our school district and our society.

It's nothing personal
It has been amazing to me to watch the debate over the oil tax. It seems to me that no one is seeing the real issue.

Things don't change
After almost 20 years in Oregon, my wife and I returned to Juneau. Some things have changed since our 15 years in Southeast Alaska during the 1970s and 80s; it is remarkable how many things have not.

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

Loud watercraft hurt Auke Lake, neighbors say
Personal watercraft users have become a menace on Auke Lake, according to a group that wants to ban them.

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

ACLU defends all speech
The way Jeremy Gunn sees it, the American Civil Liberties Union stands for the things in which most Americans believe.

Coming into the Country
Standing up for reform: Rev. Thomas Weise, Rector of the Cathedral of the Nativity speaks Monday a rally supporting reforming immigration laws, in front of the state Capitol. About 40 immigrants and supporters came to the rally. Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

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

Photo: Groundwork for a garden
Margaret Tharp gives Derek Soden ideas about landscaping his yard during a rock setting workshop held at Landscape Alaska on Sunday as part of the Southeast Alaska Gardening Conference.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Old-time timber tales
A new historical account of the Tongass National Forest contains literally hundreds of surprising facts about the "good old days" of logging on Alaska's Panhandle.

Photo: First cast of the season
Participants in the 10th annual Spring King Salmon Derby cast and troll for king salmon at False Outer Point Monday on the first day of the monthlong event.

Sports star final Pillar speaker
This spring's Pillars of America Freedom Series will conclude Wednesday with a man who didn't let losing an arm keep him off his high school basketball team.

Willette Janes
Longtime Douglas resident Willette Patricia Janes, 77, died in her home in the early morning on April 29, 2006, with family at her side.

Opening ANWR is a national security issue
How's this for a headline: "U.S. OIL THIRST A GROWING THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY"

My Turn: Secret agreement should play no role in tax issue
Having served as chairman of the governor's Task Force to Expedite Construction of the Gas Line, I would be the last person to ignore the difficulties involved in getting three of the world's largest corporations to do something they are reluctant to do.

My Turn: There's no dressing up the naked truth in Alaska story
I have to wonder if Hans Christian Andersen had lived in the 21st century in Alaska and had written his classic story, "The Emperor's New Clothes," would it have had a different ending? Sure, the king would still be naked and all his royal supporters would brag about how wonderful his new clothes look. Con men would still be taking the king for a ride, making huge sums of money for literally nothing.

Photos: On the breakaway
The Island Pub's Jim Sheehan is chased by Fairbanks' Gabe Ludic during the championship game of the King Salmon Classic on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

JDHS finishers at the Juneau Invitational
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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.

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.

Bears win two of three at Kayhi
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team took two of three games at rainy Ketchikan over the weekend.

Court to hear gas deal request
A Juneau Superior Court judge on Monday agreed to hear arguments from a state senator requesting that Gov. Frank Murkowski make public details of a deal the state has with oil producers to build a $25 billion natural gas pipeline.

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

Seat belt law strengthened
Alaska State Trooper Capt. Burke Barrick vividly remembers the accident on the Nome-Teller Highway.

Conference focuses on Natives and AIDS
HIV/AIDS is a silent killer moving through Native communities around the world, says Rick Haverkate.

Webcam helps Barrow hunters find whales
Whalers in Barrow still hunt bowheads from skin boats and lean on the wisdom of elders to decode the treacherous whims of the frozen Arctic Ocean.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Man to go on trial in wife's cliffside death
A man who prosecutors said pushed his wife off a scenic sea cliff nine years ago will face first-degree murder charges on Monday.

Oil tax took over session
When the legislative session began Jan. 9, almost none of the Alaska lawmakers could predict three little letters - PPT - were about to dominate the session.

Bolivia takes back gas fields
President Evo Morales ordered soldiers to occupy Bolivia's natural gas fields Monday and threatened to evict foreign companies unless they give Bolivia control over the entire chain of production.

Tax bill may not be done by session's end
Time may be running out on the Alaska Legislature to pass a priority oil-and-gas tax bill by next week's end to the regular session.

ACLU defends all speech
The way Jeremy Gunn sees it, the American Civil Liberties Union stands for the things in which most Americans believe.

Outlook good for rescued baby seal
A baby elephant seal is the newest resident at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

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