Word of mouth

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 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.

I see the City and Borough of Juneau has not come up with a test for sanity for the candidates who are running for offices. I believe they should, because I see a name on there that is rather questionable as to the sanity of the person.

Cheap, plastic pink-colored flamingos are an insulting eyesore to those who appreciate the natural rustic landscape of Southeast Alaska.

Since those flamingos are stolen, does that now make them hot pink flamingos?

To the local trappers that believe animals are nothing more than a money commodity, I have pain in my heart for you.

Regarding the comment on the fur shops - in my opinion, the activists should mind their own business. Alaska's unique and we would like to keep it that way. I'm concerned about the Natives who rely on trapping and furs for their own use. These activists are the same people who will try to take subsistence hunting rights away.

I am calling in regards to the person who wants to stir up animal rights activists in Juneau. You are obviously not an Alaskan by birth, or in culture or heritage. Go back home if you don't like how we do things in Alaska. And furs are not gross.

To the person that's looking for volunteer work here in Juneau - go on the web and go to volunteermatch.org and type in your zip code, how far away from your house you want to be, and you'll get a whole list of places to volunteer in Juneau.

I'm calling to thank the Juneau police officer who remembered the little boy who needed a bike helmet and got him one. Our community should be glad to have this kind of officer on the job.

A million stars for Cindy Cashen, for fighting to get drunk drivers off Juneau roads. Let's all support her. It is a lot of work. These are not accidents. It is a crash and murder. Please, don't drink and drive.

How is it that the fine people of Juneau can be so concerned about the tourist traffic with float planes and helicopters and yet not be concerned about the weather conditions when float planes are flying? And where's the FAA when float planes are flying or real planes are flying and the weather is below minimum?

I want to thank Mother Nature for the cloudy, foggy weather we've had in the past several days. It keeps down the flight seeing noise and makes life in Juneau much more pleasant.

It's really great to have no helicopters. No flightseeing planes. Maybe we should just be happy and sit here in the drizzle in our peace and quiet.

Let's get things in perspective. There are children that disappear, there are women that disappear, there are unsolved mysteries. We are talking about people, not furs, not cars, not noise, not noise pollution, not timber or other sensible protests. Let's save people.

Regarding the recent accident on the Douglas side of the Juneau-Douglas bridge, I`m glad to see nobody was hurt. The recent assertion in the Juneau Empire that it may have been due to speed limit signage problems is ridiculous. The problem at North Douglas and Douglas Highway is that drivers have decided to make their own traffic flow.

In response to the comment about locals fighting for parking spots, does this person think that the tourists who come in off the ship all go out and rent cars? Think about it. It's all the locals who are parking in these parking spots.

In response to the caller who didn't like Jack William's comments about the head tax -- he advised he was not insulting each and every one of us. He was only insulting those who voted in favor of the tax, and frankly, I agree with him.

To the caller who replied with a wow -- you're a perfect example of the folks I was speaking of. Nowhere in my comment did it state I didn't want tourists on floatplanes or rescue copters.

Someone in the Peace and Quiet Coalition better back off the helicopters and go off after all these bass-thumpers that are driving around on the roads. I like to listen to a wide variety of music, not feel it when they drive by my house or when I'm sitting at a stop sign.

When I first got a house in the valley, it was my choice. I knew there were jet planes coming in and out.

If people in Juneau don't think that 10,000 extra people in this town has an impact on them, they certainly can talk to any EMT or the emergency room. They will let you know about the impact that that many people have on the community.

Concerning the road to Juneau - I can hardly wait to see all those RVs, pickup trucks and motor homes trying to get up Franklin Street and back down Main Street.

I think having an alcohol court in Juneau is a good idea, and I think the court system in Juneau should also be a little more fair to Alaska Natives.

Here's a tip for David Lendrum - miniature plants don't evoke giant feelings.

You think it's stupid to talk on a cell phone while driving a small car? What about tour bus drivers, yakking over their microphones while they drive?

It's pretty sad when somebody who has a DWI does more time than the person who has had a traffic violation and killed somebody. I think the person who killed poor Matt Hope should never, ever get his license back.

I think that we are way too soft on the 16 and 17-year-old children in this town. Not only are they getting nothing for drunk driving, but my little girl was molested by a 17-year-old boy in this town and they're not even putting him in the Johnson Youth Center.

The harbormaster's put up leash law signs at the harbor. Let's start enforcing them and get the feces off the docks.

After receiving my long-distance phone charges today, I noticed at $18 national access contribution notice. $18 in extra taxes. That on top of almost $19 in different taxes on the bill, and that's not even including my local carrier. I am so mad. Almost a third of my phone bill is now a big fat tax.

I think it's a real shame when on the front page the volunteers for the Friends of the Library can't even recognize their pictures, and the sports voting -- Scott Gomez's face is completely blurred and doubled. Give me a break.

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