Friday, May 18, 2007

Alaskan Budget

Children's audiobooks include 'The End,' The Manny Files'
Kids' audiobooks on CD keep flooding in at the Juneau Public Libraries. Here are a few of our latest.

Keep U.S. laws free of religious control
This is a response to a My Turn by the Rev. Tom Matthews on April 19.

Cyclists should share the costs, too
The recent "Thanks to all the road users" (Sunday's Juneau Empire) reminds us that common sense and courtesy are what makes safe use of our roads by everyone possible.

Homosexuals should be allowed to marry
I truly enjoyed Tracey Moore's May 14 letter and couldn't agree with her more (or is that Moore?).

The Legislature's culture needs changing
When releasing the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act to the Legislature and the public, Gov. Sarah Palin said, "Our plan focuses on what's best for Alaskans, beginning with an open and transparent process."

Governor is working toward a solution
I would suggest a different headline for Gregg Erickson's My Turn on May 15. Instead of "The governor's troubling choice," the headline should read, "Erickson's troubling logic."

People should quit misquoting the Bible
I have had enough of these misquotations of the Bible. Bill Burk's comment in defense of same-sex partner health benefits is way off the mark (Sunday's Juneau Empire).

Legislators should follow will of people
An election was held on April 3 to find out how Alaskans felt about putting an amendment to our constitution up before the voters in 2008. The result was 53 percent in favor and 47 percent against.

Bush's 'blather' is hurting America
George W. Bush hasn't grown noticeably into the presidency, except for his stupefying delusion that he knows best. In his stubborn rigidity, he's almost irreparably endangered much more than his omniscient self.

Vice President Cheney should be impeached
Vice President Dick Cheney and his Haliburton friends continue to profit from a war that has left one country destitute (Iraq) and has seriously compromised another (ours).

What's the big idea?
No other paper in the country would keep this "marriage" debate in print as long as the Juneau Empire. What is the point? Is the Empire trying to ruffle the feathers of its readers?

Why should we be surprised in scandal?
No matter where one lives, it should never amaze us. Politicians seem to be under the impression they are better, faster and just more intelligent than the rest of us. Why?

Photo: High stepping
The Stroller White Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers perform Sunday at a grand opening event at Fred Meyer.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

New crew miscalculated in Icy Strait, officials say
When the crew navigating the Empress of the North turned west out of Lynn Canal on a heading for Swenson Harbor, they miscalculated the 90-degree turn, according to authorities.

Ship in port today

Business Digest
Nominees sought for salmon Hall of Fame, Last KIN pub night of the season slated, Vendor permits now accepting applications, Bike to Work Day planned for Friday & Financial Management workshop offered

Around Town

Correction
A story in Wednesday's Empire incorrectly attributed a quote about Senate Bill 80. It was Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai, who said "I think you should ask Mike Chenault that question," about why the bill was delayed in committee.

Photo: Making their exit
From left, Mackenzie Biddinger, Sierra Cornelle and Taylor Beardslee drum during Chookaneidi, an exit song, capping a school year celebration Thursday at the Alaskan Native Brotherhood Hall.

Corrosion, senior care bills die in Legislature
House Democrats made a final attempt to revive a bill preventing oil companies from deducting the costs of improper maintenance from their state taxes, but they were rebuffed on the House floor.

Rotarians from three countries holding annual meet in Juneau
More than 300 Rotarians from Alaska, the Yukon and even eastern Russia will gather at Centennial Hall this weekend for the annual District 5010 conference.

Education plan offers a break with tradition
Completing a six-month project, an advisory committee has offered the Juneau School Board a new high school education plan that would turn the traditional education model on its head.

Navy warship makes Juneau port call
That battleship-gray warship will be docked downtown until Saturday, but there's no mistaking it for a battleship. Instead of big guns, the superstructure sports lots of big gray globes.

Photo: An official greeting
Paul Jackson, center, and Ozzie Sheakley, left, welcome Capt. Chuck Gaouette and the rest of the crew on the USS Bunker Hill on Thursday at an early evening reception aboard the ship's deck.

Living and Growing: Prayer that supports ethical government
How to pray about the current ethics problems facing Alaska's Legislature? This was a question I was considering last week after the indictments were handed down to a current legislator and two former legislators.

Photo: Looking for more Bigs
Big Brother Lisle Hebert, left, is a school mentor to Little Brother Dylan in the Big Brothers Big Sisters School Program at Harborview Elementary School.

Recognitions

Distant Neighbors: When titles just aren't enough
Opening my invitation to serve as a volunteer in Ghana, I recall being struck by a string of titles and phrases which, jumping off the page, illuminated an array of possible futures.

Food For Thought: Cilantro is great, if you don't hate it
Normally we think of taste as a purely subjective matter. Whether people like or dislike a particular food is considered a function of whether they have eaten it before, and whether they like the sweet or sour or bitter flavor that everyone agrees that the food possesses.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Jeremiah Stephens
"I like to draw. I draw animals, pets and things in nature like, trees. I like to make things out of paper. I cut paper and fold it into animals."

Jensen and Turnbull to wed
Tracy Marie Turnbull, of Gig Harbor, Wash., and Jason Allen Jensen, of Yakutat, will marry at 6 p.m. on July 21, 2007, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Yakutat.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Neighbors Digest
UAS Alumni hold their third golf tournament, Five scholarships now available for GED grads

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Donating to our breakfast club, Participating in our spring cleanup, Supporting our Children's Day, Contributing to T&★ Head Start, Helping install the state flags & Thanks to Wynona at Adventure Bound

On the Waterfront: Christ knowed dat Peter meant dat thing
On a recent trip to Alabama, I was able to buy a book I have long sought. I found it at the Huntingdon College bookstore in Montgomery.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: March of Dimes WalkAmerica
March of Dimes

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Thomas Smalley Jr.
A graveside service for lifelong Juneau resident Thomas Elbert Smalley Jr., who died Feb. 4, 2007, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Alaskan Memorial Park.

My turn: Some lawmakers still stump for VECO
Even though the indictments of dirty politicians and those who bribe them has begun (just the tip of the iceberg)...

Alaska editorial: Citizen involvement can cure corruption
This week's news about Alaska legislators allegedly taking oil bribes generally produced one response.

Outside editorial: Falwell: a preacher's legacy
Jerry Falwell, who died Tuesday, built a religious empire based on archconservative values both religious and political, and on tireless fundraising that was aggressive and sophisticated.

Alaska editorial: Kudos to Fairbanks for ending 'spring husky dump' euthanizations
Thanks to local musher cooperation and extraordinary volunteer efforts, what has been known annually as "the spring husky dump" in Fairbanks hasn't happened this year.

Outside editorial: Rudy challenges GOP
Nine of the 10 Republican presidential hopefuls oppose abortion rights, meaning the wind of conservatism is at their backs. The exception is Rudy Giuliani.

What to do with a runaway glacier?
As Juneau residents, we need to face some cold, hard facts about our beloved Mendenhall Glacier.

Bears fighting for first
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team moved into a tie with Ketchikan for first place in the Southeast Conference with an 8-2 win over the Kings on Thursday.

Sports in Juneau
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Photo: Say cheese
he Juneau-Douglas High School softball team jokes around during a pre-game ceremony honoring its seniors before playing Sitka in the regular-season finale Wednesday at Melvin Park.

Crimson Bears clinch spot in state tourney
After mustering just three goals in its last four games, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team got a boost of confidence Wednesday.

Crimson Bears close out season with shutout win
Despite a 6-0 win over visiting Ketchikan in the regular-season finale on Thursday, there is plenty of work to be done for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team.

Hydroelectric power in Angoon closer to reality
Because pricey diesel fuel must be barged in, residents of Angoon pay four times more for their electricity than people in Juneau do.

Alaska Digest
DNA crime bill awaits governor's signature & Court bars former judge from bench

Lobbyist pleads guilty to conspiracy
A prominent lobbyist admitted in federal court on Wednesday that he conspired to bribe state Rep. Tom Anderson.

Alaska Digest
Fred Meyer's grand opening this weekend, Sea lion takes bite out of fisherman, Native corporation shows record profits & Trial begins in Gakona cold case

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Citizens group wants to limit jewelry stores in Ketchikan
A citizens' group has had enough with the proliferation of jewelry stores in downtown Ketchikan.

Lawsuit says ATVs are chewing up trails in national park
All-terrain vehicle riders in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park have created huge, rutted mud holes stretching several miles along some of the most scenic land in the United States, according to conservation groups.

Top lobbyist admits conspiracy scheme
A prominent lobbyist will be sentenced after the trial of the former lawmaker he's accused of conspiring to bribe.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Governor battles oil industry, wins approval of AGIA
Gov. Sarah Palin and the state's oil industry faced off on two big bills in the legislative session that stretched to deadline Wednesday night. They each won one and lost one.

Legislature leaves major issues
Senate leaders said late Wednesday that negotiations had stalled with the House of Representatives on funding the state's public schools.

Budget provides 1-year fix
A last-minute budget agreement enabled the Alaska Legislature to end its session as required by midnight Wednesday.

Palin wants new session venue
Gov. Sarah Palin said she is likely to call a special session of the Legislature this fall to look at oil taxes and raised the possibility the session could be held outside Juneau.

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