Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Supports free speech in parade
I am very upset that the Fourth of July Committee now plans to decide which entries are inappropriate or of volatile political content and then ban them from 4th of July parades.

Demand the truth
Anyone, any citizen of this country who claims to be proud of the USA must see "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Give electoral power back to the people
As we wind our way through the summer the presidential election process is becoming more heated as each candidate raises new issues and tries to bash the other to score political points.

Not a democracy
We've come to a point in American politics where we need to take a step back and look at the process.

Supports Carlos
The letter in the July 13 edition from Steve Connacher is a remarkable example of low class.

Call it hate speech
Ms. Karpstein made one error in her complaint about the marcher in the parade.

Becoming a free agent by deception
I am shocked to find that anyone believes Carlos Boozer acted ethically in his dealing with the Cavaliers.

Thankful for the offensive
I can only speculate what will be next in the hyperambitious drive to make Juneau a more politically correct and homogeneous place to live.

Watch "9/11," but support Nickelodeon, too
If you are old enough to be admitted to an R-rated movie, please see the film, "Fahrenheit 9/ll."

Preventing suffering with bike helmets
I often see young people riding their bikes with no helmets on, not fastened, or helmets dangling from their handle bars.

Disagrees with School Board
I am disappointed with the apparent approach of the current Juneau School Board.

Avoid the folly of stereotyping
As a liberal, I am offended by the portrayal of liberal democrats in the July 14th political cartoon by Brian Fairrington. The cartoon is "volatile,

Parade one of the best
This letter is a response to Heather Karpstein's letter to the editor printed July 8.

We have a right to criticize
With regard to the clamor over the entry criticizing the president in the Fourth of July parade, I quote President Theodore Roosevelt:

Getting ready for a new performing arts center
We were in China recently and attended music performances in several schools and youth activity centers.

A good forest settlement
SEACC and other conservation groups' successful settlement of the lawsuit over the Fusion timber sale is a great example of how the Forest Service can safeguard valuable forest lands while supplying timber to local logging companies.

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

Northcut pleads not guilty to rape charge
A Juneau teen accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school restroom pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday.

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

Photo: Close call
David Cox and his wife, Donna, came across this scene Saturday "out behind Shelter Island."

Montessori expansion reconsidered
The Juneau School District may establish a Montessori classroom this fall at Glacier Valley Elementary, administrators said Tuesday.

Teen indicted on JDHS rape charges
An indictment charging a Juneau teen with raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school restroom alleges he had a juvenile criminal record.

Board wants new school on Oct. ballot
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ask the Juneau Assembly to place bond measures on the October ballot to build a high school in the Mendenhall Valley and fix up the older elementary schools and other buildings.

Photo: Art in a name
Artist Thomas Schilz paints the name "Ashley" in pictorial calligraphy Monday on a table on South Franklin Street.

Tourism meetings building optimism
Participants of Collaboration Juneau met eight times between last October and April to tackle local conflicts over tourism.

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

UAS enrollment on the rise; dorms filling up
Fall enrollment at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau is up, officials say.

Residentsprotest heliport plan
If only there were a silver bullet to solve the flight-seeing-noise dilemma.

Clarification
In a July 19 article about the Nugget Mall's new advertising campaign, the article implied the campaign was targeting cruise ship crew members.

Panel recommends new smaller school
Voters in October may face bond measures to build a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley and spruce up some elementary schools.

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

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Helfinstines celebrate 25th
James and Laurie Helfinstine of Juneau will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary today.

Riter, Ballard to marry
Heather Denise Riter and Jed William Ballard of Anchorage will be married in a ceremony planned for noon Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Alaska Botanical Gardens in Anchorage.

There is help with drug costs for seniors
In June 2004, a transitional Medicare drug discount program began throughout the United States.

Map project puts Alaska, Hawaii in their place
The Juneau Map of the United States project is an interactive map of the 50 United States in their correct geographic locations.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports about the people of Juneau.

Pearl V. Greenwald
Former Juneau and Hoonah resident Pearl V. Greenwald, 84, died July 18, 2004, at her daughter's home in Mount Vernon, Wash., after a short battle with cancer.

My Turn: Forest Service priorities and policies are way out of whack
Congress' recent vote to end government subsidies for building new Tongass logging roads is a clear signal that American taxpayers are tired of paying through the nose to support the Tongass timber program.

Photo: Soccer dive
"The Great Zambini" dives into a line of soccer balls as Thunder Mountain Sports Camp players and coaches look on Friday at the end of the camp at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

WEIO merges sports, culture
The rhythmic clapping started about halfway through and built to a crescendo with every step Michael Paulsen took.

Juneau Jumpers say G'day
Jumping rope is routine for the five senior members of the Juneau Jumpers.

Local Sports Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports.

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.

Local Briefs
Sports Wire reports.

Photo: Close play
Brianna Ogden, of Juneau's Imperial Saloon team shows the umpire the ball after tagging out a runner from The Crew of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, Juneau cyclist Scott Fischer's Tour de Whitehorse placing was incorrect in Tuesday's paper.

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.

Alaska fires draw crews from across nation
The Alaska Fire Service building at Fort Wainwright has become a crossroads for firefighting personnel who are rushing in from all over the state and country to help with the worst fire season in decades.

Allen Marine buys Alaska Ship Chandlers
Allen Marine of Sitka has purchased Alaska Ship Chandlers, mainly to acquire the Suzuki outboard motor dealership, company officials said Monday.

Evacuation urged for 80 Interior homes
About 150 people north of Fairbanks were told to evacuate Monday as the Boundary fire closed in on their homes, fire managers said.

Candidate Ralph Nader visits state, works to appear on Alaska ballot
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader predicted Tuesday that he would gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot this fall in Alaska, a state where he won just over 10 percent of the vote in the 2000 race.

Senate panel tables Cape Fox land swap till September
Two federal land proposals involving Alaska, including a controversial Tongass National Forest land exchange with Cape Fox Corp., are on hold until September.

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

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

Evacuation directive remains for rural Fairbanks subdivision
An evacuation directive remained in effect Tuesday night for a rural Fairbanks subdivision threatened by a forest fire, but most residents chose to stay in their homes.

Photo: Crowding in for salmon
Boats loaded with dipnetters crowd the mouth of the Kenai River on Sunday

Governor cuts $5.2 million in state spending
Gov. Frank Murkowski announced $5.2 million in cuts to the state budget Tuesday, a fraction of the $138 million he vetoed in state spending last year.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Alaska Digesta
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Case raises questions about rural airport safety
A Bethel jury awarded a pilot nearly $1.3 million after he successfully argued that ill-maintained windsocks at the Kipnuk airport contributed to his accident.

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