Word of mouth

Posted: Monday, July 10, 2000

Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

To the person who complained about Native hiring preference, a history lesson is needed for you. A federal public law allows Native hiring preference. Federally recognized Native Americans are legally considered a nation within a nation. This law was created by Caucasians and an act of Congress more than a century ago. I would rather have Natives working for Native corporations and their causes. People should really do their homework and look into the history of a situation before they open their mouths in a public forum.

The editorial from the Anchorage Voice of the Times and the letter to the editor that appeared in yesterday's paper are right on. Shame on you spoiled little Juneau. All the people tearing this community apart and trying to shut down industry should get out.

The people who want to limit commercial excursions are neither anti-tourist or self-absorbed isolationists. We want to protect this beautiful place from degradation and exploitation. We want to keep it a place where people want to visit and live. The us-vs.-them mentality will get us nowhere. We need to work together to find compromises.

It's Saturday and only one ship is in town but we're getting creamed out here in Lemon Creek with helicopter noise. This area is not only commercial, people live here. Helicopters need to flyer higher. Move them up or move them out.

Back in the previous century, airplanes made a lot of noise. Therefore, we should be content with a lot of noise today. Back then plumbing systems were awful, therefore we should be content with awful plumbing today. Back then medicine was less sophisticated, therefore we should be content with less advanced medical practices today. Does this make any sense?

The sound the Crystal Harmony made when it left town on Saturday night was incredible, scary and awesome. They had no business blowing that horn at midnight. Get them out of town and keep them out of town if they can't behave. I'd like to have the name of the guy who did that so I can wake him up in the middle of the night.

I'm enjoying a Sunday evening when suddenly I'm disturbed by three floatplanes, two of which are flying awfully close to each other right over town.

Why is it necessary for the Alaska Marine Highway System to change a long-established ferry schedule for a softball tournament? Can't ballplayers plan ahead? The ferry schedule has been set for at least a year.

I just drove out to Eagle Beach. Has anyone noticed that you can't drive down the road because the potholes are so big? I guess we're not getting much in the way of service for this recreation area.

A huge thanks to Trail Mix and the people who made generous contributions to complete the bridge on Perseverance Trail. Now you can walk the entire trail.

Glacier Highway in Lemon Creek hasn't seen any new paint in over two years. Everywhere else there are new lines, crosswalks and striping on the roads in this community. What's going on?

I don't think it's fair for people who have to get up early in the morning to be kept up by their partying neighbors who ignore my repeated phone calls to keep it down.

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