Monday, July 19, 2004

Freedom of speech
I've always been proud of the fact that free speech is rampant in Juneau's Fourth of July Parade.

Build the Valley school
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never in the history of humankind have so many been so bamboozled by so few as have the residents of Juneau. I refer to the insane situation in which the people of Juneau now find themselves in trying to redevelop a second high school. Who came up with the stupid idea of expanding Marie Drake? Marie Drake should be demolished, not refurbished. Someone - tell me this is a hoax so that I can stop crying.

Cartoon abuses liberals
I find your political cartoon (July 14) to be highly abusive, and reminiscent of the "good ole days," when we labeled people as "pinkos."

Boozer criticism doesn't jibe
I will save my judgment on Carlos Boozer until I hear his side.

Let states decide
Why does the government have so much power over us as states? Why does the whole country have to say yes or no to gay marriage or abortion or (insert current issue)? Why can't each state decide what is OK in that state? Instead of a bunch of Republican states going into an uproar if homosexuals are allowed to be married everywhere, why not let those states decide yes or no? The country goes back and forth from Republicans and Democrats but the states are more consistent. You might say that this will divide the country even more but it's impossible for America to agree on anything anyway.

Don't restrict parade
The decision of the Fourth of July Committee to exclude from future parades those contingents it finds "inappropriate" and "politically volatile" treads on dangerous grounds.

Play ball, everyone
I write this letter knowing that I am going to incur the wrath of every red-blooded sports fan in Juneau.

Censorship appalling
Distasteful? Some no doubt found the military or the peace groups in the July Fourth parade distasteful, depending on whether they support or oppose the war.

Parade celebrates freedom
The Fourth of July committee's proposal to censor the parade is awful. The Fourth of July parade is precisely the time and place for political or personal opinions of all stripes, and the more the merrier.

Still proud of Boozer
This may not be as controversial as a Richard Nixon mask in the Macy's Day parade, but I have not heard one quote out of Carlos Boozer's mouth, and until I do, I refuse to entertain media speculation concerning his contract situation.

Play nice at parade
There has been much discussion over the ridiculing of our President in the Fourth of July parade, and I have avoided making any comment. However, Michael Partlow's letter struck a nerve and I am compelled to comment. Mr. Partlow discusses that it is the right of free speech, so cherished by all, that was being exercised by that display in the parade and it was true freedom and patriotism. He is correct about the importance of the freedom of speech.

Boozer a disgrace
I live in Cleveland and have supported the Cavs.

Insidious fear
Are you people serious? How do you find the time to even conceive of putting together a committee to oversee the "appropriateness" of a Fourth of July entrant?

Censorship offends
I am disappointed to hear that the Fourth of July Committee has declared an intention to censor parade entries next year. The""single individual" who wore the mask of our tyrannical dictator and held a sign which read "I think I served. Commit troops. Cut benefits," was voicing a widely held view that our president's actions since the day he was appointed reflect a highly hypocritical and self-serving decision making process that has damaged our economy, our welfare system, and our foreign relations.

UA to install videoconferencing gear
The University of Alaska is placing 40 videoconferencing stations in remote locations around the state.

Nugget Mall will launch first image campaign to compete with Fred Meyer
The Nugget Mall is launching its first image advertising campaign to capture more of the market from Fred Meyer, Marketing Director Kathy Buell said.

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

Psychologist targets Juneau's dropout rate
Students will be less likely to drop out if classes are structured to allow all students to have immediate success, says a retired Juneau psychologist.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

ACLU eyes parade flap
The Alaska Civil Liberties Union is asking city officials for information about the Juneau Fourth of July Committee's amended policy about what qualifies as an "appropriate" parade entry.

Photo: Standing room only
A pod of sea lions catches some rays Friday atop the Poundstone Rock buoy in Favorite Channel about 25 miles northwest of downtown Juneau. Friday saw a decrease in smoky haze from Interior wildfires as the temperature in Juneau approached 80 degrees.

Kids in court
The dinner table at the Sims home is always busy.

Bald eagle sent to new home in California
An eagle from Juneau went on its longest flight Sunday, all the way to Los Angeles, but it went as cargo. "Fritz," a female adult bald eagle that is blind in one eye, was shipped via Alaska Airlines to Los Angeles, where officials from the Ojai Raptor Center in nearby Oak View were scheduled to pick her up.

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

Photo: Fighting cancer
The Stroller White Pipes and Drums lead a group of cancer survivors Saturday at the start of the third annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life at Dimond Park.

March trial set for man charged in Tenakee killing
The man charged with murder in the 2003 death of Maggie Wigen in Tenakee Springs is set to stand trial in March.

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

Pointers for election-season letter writers
Campaign signs for this year's crop of political candidates are sprouting in front yards around town, reminding me of what I don't want the Empire's opinion page to look like during the election season.

Reforming Native education
Recently I decided I had to leave Juneau.

Fish report
This week's fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Out & About
Outdoor activites around Juneau.

Wild Life: Harlequin romance
On a warm summer day, a pair of ducks bob on the current of a clear mountain stream.

Outdoor Abilities
Lee Hagmeier first hiked to the top of Thunder Mountain in 1959, three weeks before being blinded by a bear attack.

Photo: On the hook
Bigger than him: Shane Carter, 11, of Mocksville, N.C., stands beside a 225-pound, 76-inch halibut

Juneau Seniors go 1-1 to open district tournament
Pedro Mojica pitched a complete game on the mound and went 4-for-4 with three runs scored as Juneau edged Prince of Wales 5-4 on Friday in its opening game of the Alaska District 2 Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament at Sitka's Moller Field.

Ketchikan eliminates Juneau
A walk on the wild side by Juneau's pitchers staked Ketchikan to a nine-run lead after two innings and Ketchikan went on to claim a 16-6 victory in a losers' bracket game at the Southeast Alaska District 2 Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament in Sitka.

Sitka's surprise
Ryne Sorenson still couldn't believe it as the Sitka All-Stars waited their turn to collect their medals and championship banner after winning the Southeast Alaska District 2 Major Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park Field No. 1.

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.

Shot heard 'round the Valley
With one swing of the bat, Aaron Cohen turned a tournament on its head.

Governor's Cup Run
Photos of the Govenor's Cup Run, Saturday.

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.

SOUTHEAST ROAD RUNNERS JRC/THE ALASKA CLUB GOVERNOR'S CUP 5K RUN
Results of Saturday's JRC/The Alaska Club Governor's Cup 5-kilometer run, held on a course starting at Dimond Courthouse and ending at the American Red Cross office near Bartlett Regional Hospital. Results of Saturday's half-mile and 1-mile kids' runs will be printed later this week.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a story in Friday's Empire about a British Columbia mine misstated the titles for members of Canada's House of Commons.

Borough hopes sea-lion science will ease fishing curbs
SAND POINT - Marine biologist Cathy Hegwer thumped on a 5-gallon plastic bucket and did her best to look intimidating, but a braying Steller sea lion was having none of it.

More motorists visiting Alaska
The summer 2004 tourism industry is shaping up, with operators reporting a good number of visitors to Alaska, according to the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

Alaska pilots volunteer to fly people in need
Stuart Goering landed his four-seat airplane at Merrill Field on a busy Thursday morning. He'd flown to Soldotna, picked up his only passenger, Lorrie Judy, and returned with her to Anchorage - all before 10:30 a.m.

Woman seeks child-custody changes, sues to put petition on the ballot
A North Pole retiree is taking the state to court in an attempt to get proposed changes to Alaska's child custody laws on the 2006 ballot.

Fire crews face increasingly dry conditions in the Interior
The Taylor Complex fires continued to smolder Sunday as crews raced against hot, dry conditions to protect cabins northeast of Tok.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state

Pacific salmon fishermen to receive subsidies
Pacific salmon fishermen in Alaska and Washington soon will be getting federal subsidy checks of up to $10,000 to make up for foreign farmed fish driving down market prices.

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