Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Indictments may be downfall of tax
House Democrats led by Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, would like the opportunity to do what they were unable to do last year: Adopt a system that taxes oil on gross revenues, instead of a net tax on profits alone.

How about showing 'liberal' tolerance, and respect others' views?
A 30-year Alaskan, I am presently living out of state but enjoying the Juneau Empire. Juneau has always been a "liberal" town, but some of the letters to the editor I read are outlandish.

Nothing wrong with confronting 'purveyors of bad policy'
I read with interest the letter by Matt Huston ("Conservative cruisers to meet a Juneau welcoming party," July 24), and the response by Ty McMichael ("Why harass cruise ship passengers?" July 26). Huston invites locals who oppose the political views of the passengers on a National Review cruise.

There's a side to 'SiCKO' that Moore's not telling us
That was a nice plug the Empire gave Michael Moore's latest polemic on the inherent evils of American society (Korry Keeker's front page article, July 26). I especially liked the quote from the French physician that Americans don't embrace socialized medicine because they're too cheap.

Scientific evidence moving toward limit on fluoride
A July 23 My Turn column, "Science supports Fluoride" by Marilyn Linsell, argued in favor of fluoridation, in part because "All water naturally contains fluoride...

Are Gravina bridge backers willing to use general fund money?
When sane public officials do the math, there's a greater probability monkeys will fly across Tongass Narrows before Ketchikan residents can drive across it. If Alaskans want to update the price tag on the Gravina Island Bridge, they need look no further than the newly opened Tacoma Narrows Bridge. I

ATV riders are not a threat to the public or property values
Well here we go again. Regarding the letter to the editor by Ben Carney ("Keep the ATV park out of my back yard," July 22), I have seen and heard this before.

Peace activists do not need to be combative, or march in 'lock-step'
Albert Petrarca certainly did his best to trash Juneau's peace communities in his July 25 My Turn column.

Argument against road out of Juneau doesn't hold water
Erik Lie-Nielsen's argument in his Letter to the Editor ("Tune would be different if proponents realized they had to pay for road," July 24) doesn't hold water. He, along with everyone else, is already paying for bridges, airports and highways all around the United States that many of us will never use or even see. That's the way our country is set up.

Photos: Fair days in Haines
Sunday was the last day for the annual Southeast Alaska State Fair held at the Haines Fairground.

Police seek man accused of assaulting girl in Lemon Creek
A 16-year-old girl was assaulted by an unidentified man at 1:30 a.m. Saturday in Lemon Creek, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Photo: Last step to citizenship
Miriam Returan Cortes solemnly takes the Oath of Allegiance on Friday as she stands on the threshold of becoming a U.S. citizen at a naturalization ceremony in the Federal Courthouse.

Around Town

Coast Guard: Sunken vessel recovered
The U.S. Coast Guard planned to supervise the off-loading of fuel from a recovered ship on Monday, six days after it capsized in Lynn Canal and spilled its cargo of explosives and an excavator.

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

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

Celebrities attend anti-war rally
Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader said during an anti-war rally in Marine Park on Monday that 535 is a key number to ending the war in Iraq.

Poet finds inspiration in adversity
This morning, while many Juneau residents are still waking up, Burn Thompson will begin writing.

Indictments may be downfall of tax
House Democrats led by Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, would like the opportunity to do what they were unable to do last year: Adopt a system that taxes oil on gross revenues, instead of a net tax on profits alone.

Around Town

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Ryle 'Brandy' Pryor
Juneau resident Ryle "Brandy" Mae Pryor died July 27, 2007, in her home after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 50.

Shannon Ritter
Former Juneau resident Shannon Sue (Collum) Ritter died July 22, 2007, in her Renton, Wash., home. She was 42.

Outside Editorial: Bush needs to answer for Iraq
President Bush's speech last week arguing that the United States must stay in Iraq to defeat the al-Qaida leadership reassembling there ranks as one of his most vacuous.

My turn: 'Clean elections' a bad idea
Proponents of so-called "clean elections" in Alaska are trying to sell fool's gold to voters. Supporters know their proposal looks valuable at first glance, so they are hoping to enact the measure without a close inspection. But a closer inspection reveals that what they are peddling is a sham.

Outside Editorial: Bush aides need to testify
It's been said that a vice is often nothing more than a virtue taken too far, and that is certainly true of the Bush administration's use of executive privilege. Faced with a congressional inquiry into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, the president has refused to let key aides answer questions about the deliberations that led to the dismissals.

Alaska Editorial: Last call for endless nights out in Mat-Su
There's a great story told of an old Mat-Su area musher who used to get well and truly drunk at some watering hole, then go outside, flop into his sled and tell his dogs to take him home before he passed out.

Outside Editorial: Bill needs to be passed for affordable housing
The problem of homelessness in America is understandable. Just look at the gap between the numbers of poor families and affordable homes available.

My turn: The facts against fluoride
Some have claimed there is no scientific basis for the anti-fluoridation campaign.

My turn: A parent's playground safety concerns
It's come to my attention that this new playground at Twin Lakes is not as safe as it seems.

Juneau Jambaars win one of three games in warm-up for Alaska State Cup
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars Under-15 boys team won one of three games at the Nike Crossfire Challenge in Redmond, Wash., on Friday and Saturday.

Juneau West falls in final
The Juneau West All Stars from the Gastineau Channel Little League came up short in their quest for a state title Sunday in Petersburg.

Sports Digest
Bursell places 6th at Tour of Anchorage, Seattle's Ichiro becomes 3rd-fastest player to reach 1,500 base hits, San Francisco 49ers sign top pick Willis, Bears land DT Walker in trade with Bills, Street Sense kicks off summer season with Jim Dandy win, San Jose tops Columbus 55-33 in ArenaBowl

Webcam captures clear peek into lives of bears
It's 7:09 a.m. and the McNeil River bears are loitering at the water's edge, waiting for silver salmon to show. Fishing season is here, and the bears are hungry.

Beaver power plant destroyed in blaze
Residents in Beaver were without power Monday after a fire destroyed the village power plant.

Northwest Digest
Hawaii's Sen. Akaka cancels Alaska visit, U.S. Coast Guard has ears on static world, Alaska stores sell cans despite recall, Critics: Study may dodge disease issue

Jake Metcalfe to challenge Don Young
Another challenger seeking Don Young's seat for the U.S. House has stepped up to the plate.

Parishioners rejuvenate historic Kenai church
The blue minarets of the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church will be much brighter against the backdrop of faded cabins in Old Town Kenai.

Northwest Digest
Dead zone returnsto Oregon Coast, coroner called to site of mine accident, Idaho politicians say rules led to wildfires

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Photo: Serving seniors at Governor's Picnic
Gov. Sarah Palin, left, serves a hamburger to Ahmed Amer, 84, on Saturday during the annual Governor's Picnic in Anchorage. Palin signed the senior benefits program into law during the picnic.

New program boosts benefits for seniors
Starting Wednesday, many seniors who rely on state help to stretch limited budgets will get a boost in their income, while thousands more will get help for the first time.

Kayaker rescued from frigid Turnagain Arm
A kayaker who was thrown into Turnagain Arm and swept along by its strong currents caught a lucky break when an Alaska State Trooper helicopter happened to be close by.

Defense says death of woman accidental
The defense attorney for the man accused of murdering a young Talkeetna woman four years ago dropped a bombshell during opening statements Monday: Michael Lawson killed Bethany Correira, he said.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

FBI searches Stevens' home
Federal agents searched the home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday, focusing on records related to his relationship with an oil field services contractor jailed in a public corruption investigation, a law enforcement official said.

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