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Why harass cruise ship passengers?

Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2007

Despite what some in Juneau think, there are multiple opinions that weave our political landscape.

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How consumed with their own self-righteousness, arrogance and full or moral certitude does a person have to be to meet the paying customers of a cruise ship at the dock to "let them know there is a strong presence of free-thinking, straight-talking people here"?

This is what Matt Huston suggest we do: Join him at 7 a.m. on Aug. 1 to "welcome" the vacationing passengers of the Holland America Noordam, who will be attending a sponsored event by the National Review ("Conservative cruisers to meet a Juneau welcoming party," July 24). Thankfully, it's not MoveOn.org sponsoring the cruise, perhaps then he would have advocated for a borough holiday complete with a parade and individual keys to the city for each passenger.

It's easy to see why we would oppose such a group of non-free-thinkers in our town, the scheduled highlights include such heinous events as panel sessions, personal interaction, parties and dining and much more. Worse yet, perhaps the cruisers will enjoy their vacation, spend money in our town and actually want to return; we can't have that. I wonder if our two Republican senators and Republican governor will be there?

Huston needs to grow up and smell the reality of opposing viewpoints. People like him crack me up; He prides himself on being so committed to the highest ideas, so confident in his own motives and those of anybody else that he has become the very thing he opposes.

Ironically, the component Huston finds most troublesome regarding this event "are the thoughts and political opinions of the attending guests." That's a scary statement. And while Huston so loosely criticizes the scheduled speakers for things they might say, he is on record asking that we gather at the dock to oppose paying guests for their thoughts and opinions.

Sounds like Huston is the one with the agenda, and that includes the thought police. No thanks. I have better things to do with my mornings that harass free and paying cruise passengers.

Ty McMichael

Juneau



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