Missing Alaska already

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

I think Mr. Soza's letter (Whose privilege is it, Empire, May 23) is the most thought-out logical argument about graduated driver's licenses seen to date. It is not an emotional response, but rather one that calls for introspection. I appreciate the candor of his statements and favor his equitable viewpoint.

In response to Ms. Dupere's letter (On the beach, Empire, May 23), I agree with her about the atrocity done to our beloved town. I lived in Juneau for 23 years and remember the number of hurtful and brainless things done to many of our cabins (by the glacier) to Sandy Beach to even Echo Cove. I left Juneau three weeks ago to continue my career in Washington and I can tell you the beauty and majesty of Alaska resonates in my heart. Please don't let the old saying, "You never know what you have until you lose it" become a statement uttered around Juneau. As an Tlingit from Southeast Alaska it saddens my heart to see the abuse of my land at the hands of uncaring and unthoughtful individuals. Those of us who care should rise up and outnumber those who don't and send a clear message.

August Martin

Everett, Wash.

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