Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Planning parenthood is important
In answer to John P. Monagle's question (in an April 24 letter), "Is this what the parent (sic) of Juneau want for their children," my answer is an unequivocal yes.

People to blame for bad governor
I am so sick and tired of hearing everyone complain about the governor and his money-grabbing schemes, and how he wants his jet airplane.

Don't raid earnings of permanent fund
Doing things "for the children" is a tried and true method for getting more money from taxpayers. It should not be a successful ploy to raid the Alaska Permanent Fund earnings. We already spend more than $1 billion a year on education in this state. State law mandates 70 percent of state funds must go to the classroom. School districts should be maintaining their physical structures out of the money that the state gives them every year. To not maintain their buildings is fiscal irresponsibility of the highest magnitude. Don't reward them by bailing them out. It's time for legislation that mandates a set percentage for building maintenance. It is not time to use this as an excuse to raid permanent fund earnings.

Governor is right
I recently heard about a battle that the governor is having with the federal government over the use of historic trails because some of the land crosses over "federal" land.

Not questioning Coast Guard response
In response to Mike Folkerts' April 10 letter to the editor, "Need mandatory boater education," a number of Peter Barrett's friends, including us parents, are upset.

Young shouldn't support DeLay
It's time to ask your representative, Don Young, why he would support the behavior of Tom DeLay, a man so mired in ethical misbehavior and disservice to our government that the only way he can possibly remain is to weaken the ethics rules by which the integrity of government is measured.

Protect the living waterfront
The Thursday editorial regarding Merchant's Wharf was right on. I hope it sparks a community-wide effort to save and refurbish this waterfront icon.

More important things than mine road
I just read that Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch wants to rush through $10 million to speed-up construction of the Juneau "mine" road (obviously this project is no longer about access.

Mine, roads would unravel Berners Bay
At least the Kensington mine supporters are starting to show their hand. A mine, also means a road, which means the end of Berners Bay as we know it.

Strengthening the recycling community
An average person who does not recycle throws away an average of four pounds of waste each day, and over the course of a year, it adds up to almost a ton of garbage per person.

Timber subsidy should be cut
Monday, April 18, the Sitka Sentinel published an article titled "Tighter Budget has Forest Service in Bind."

Keep interest in downtown Juneau
I just received a promotional piece from a retirement newsletter which included "9 Tourist Traps to Avoid."

Opening up ANWR will pay your PFD
I believe legislative funding for ANWR is a good idea. Chances are good a dream of decades will finally come true.

Enjoying a respite from the wind
Melissa Brown, left, and Jenna Grothe take advantage of calmer winds on Sunday to paddle in Auke Bay.

Another day made for fishing
Nels Sanford spends his Sunday fishing with friends at Auke Lake.

Dancing home
The last time Kathryn Alter was on the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium stage, she was a sophomore, preparing to leave high school behind for a Michigan boarding school, 2,245 miles away.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Images from another time: The Baranof on fire - 1984
Juneau Fire Department personnel battle flames in April 1984 at the front door of the historic Baranof Hotel.

Prison superintendent retires after 19 years
After 19 years, Daniel Carothers left the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Friday saying he had no regrets.

Trees fall for Cascade Point road preparation
The first trees fell Monday to make way for a 2.5-mile road to carry Kensington gold mine workers to a proposed Cascade Point dock.

Shop owners see red over assessments
Business property owners on South Franklin Street are complaining of huge increases in their tax assessments this year.

Jury weighs Harmon's fate
After three weeks of often conflicting testimony, jurors were set to return to Juneau Superior Court this morning to continue deliberating on the fate of the man charged with raping and murdering Maggie Wigen two years ago.

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

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

Airport staff: Forget plane-slowing system
Juneau airport officials say they want traditional runway safety improvements and not engineered plane-slowing systems like those envisioned by federal regulators in a new study.

Priscilla Violet Kahklen
Juneau resident Priscilla Violet Kahklen, 79, died April 19, 2005, in Juneau.

My Turn: AARP's stand on Social Security plan grounded in good common sense
This is in response to Lew Williams' opinion piece, "AARP's stand on president's Social Security plan is wrong" from March 27, 2005.

Alaska editorial: Wait to fix retirement obligation problem
Senate Bill 141, now working its way through the state House of Representatives, would make a sea change in the way Alaska provides medical and retirement benefits to its workers.

My turn: University lands bill threatens treasure
An archaeological site in Tracy Arm may soon be sold off as part of an ill-conceived land deal, which the Alaska Legislature seeks to justify in the name of funding the university.

Mud Run results
Southeast Road Runners May Day Mud Puddle Meet

Juneau-Douglas J.V. picks up two wins against Prince of Wales
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team continued their winning ways Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of host Prince of Wales.

N. Douglas Bike Race Results
Juneau Freewheelers North Douglas Bicycle Road Race

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.

Ice time is a nice time
Though it's only been around since January of last year, skating instructor Beth Rhoden is astounded by the growth of Juneau Skating Club.

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.

Follow the leader
Elisa Abbott, 11, leads other children at the start of the Kids Rotary Park Run on Sunday.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Charged with environmental law violations, Greenpeace goes on trial in Ketchikan
The environmental activist group Greenpeace is accused of violating Alaska's environmental laws by failing to file the proper paperwork when its contracted ship entered state waters to protest logging in the Tongass National Forest.

Web site to include anti-abortion message
A panel of doctors responsible for the medical accuracy of the state's official abortion Web site has agreed to change the site to acknowledge certain controversial issues.

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

Mat-Su struggles to cope with animal population
The sprawling Matanuska-Susitna Borough is Alaska sled dog country, a hub for professional and recreational mushers lured by a vast network of trails and the freedom to keep kennels that can number as many as 100 dogs or more.

Homer fire gets tanker assist
A fire near Homer passed the 4,000-acre mark Monday, but fire managers finally got the use of a retardant-dropping aircraft tanker that had been tending to three new blazes in the Interior.

Panel releases draft budget
The Senate Finance Committee has released a new capital budget draft that adds $395 million in state general fund spending if a separate bill paying for the projects with Alaska Permanent Fund earnings fails to pass the House.

Retirement plan goes to floor
A bill that would privatize retirement accounts for future employees was passed on Sunday to the Alaska House of Representatives floor for vote possibly later this week.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Film crew re-enacts airborne birth for TV
A 5-month-old Metlakatla girl is the subject of cable channel Discovery Health's "Amazing Babies" program, which sent a crew to film a re-enactment of her birth on an airplane.

Retirement rewrite bill may get final vote on Wednesday
Democrats attempted Monday to set back a controversial bill that would create private retirement accounts for future public employees and teachers.

Senate approves bill to end groundfish derbies
Commercial groundfish derbies in the Gulf of Alaska could become a thing of the past under a bill passed Monday in the state Senate.

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