Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Fluoridating water is well-intentioned, but there's a better way
Fluoridation of public water supply is as "scientific" as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and pharmaceutical prescriptions. It is another attempt to chemically fix unhealthy eating habits.

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...

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.

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.

Current corruption linked to Alaska's current election laws
I guess someone has to fight for the right of big money donors to buy influence.

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.

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.

For the public good, please don't let ATVs have North Douglas
Does anyone believe that an ATV park located within 300 feet of the homes located in one the most remote forest areas of North Douglas will not make that area drastically worse?

Salmon derby follows record year
A record number of fish caught in the 2006 Golden North Salmon Derby spawned a record number of scholarships awarded this spring by the Territorial Sportsmen, derby Co-chairwoman Heather Marlow said.

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.

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.

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

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

Former Juneau cop trains Iraqi police in Red Zone
While former Juneau cop John Lichtenberger spent 14 months in Baghdad's deadly Red Zone, two of his colleagues were blown up and his 35-year-old interpreter was executed by insurgents.

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

Corrections
A My Turn entitled "How safe is the Twin Lakes playground?" published in Tuesday's Juneau Empire, misidentified someone mentioned in the piece. The sentence should have read "My husband was busy being tackled by our oldest and by our daughter."

Photo: Perfecting petunias
Betty Marriott tends to her hanging basket of petunias Tuesday in front of her Douglas home. Despite the rainy summer, Marriott, a retired teacher and avid gardener, has succeed in raising her usual colorful garden.

Photo: Narrow escape
A seal climbs out of a fisherman's net Tuesday in Gastineau Channel.

Capital advocates target new voters
Hoping to solidify Juneau's hold on the capital, the Alaska Committee is sending mailings to new voters throughout the state.

Photo: The official opening ceremony
Deputy Mayor Merrill Sanford raises up the ceremonious pruning shears after snipping the proverbial ribbon at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum dedication on Saturday.

Neighbors helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors Digest
Juneau Dance Unlimited seeking happy feet for fall classes, SEARHC offers Lifestyle Balance classes in Sitka, Juneau,

Rare books can transport readers
Collecting rare books allows a person to walk back through history. A few years ago I bought the first Alaska Coast Pilot printed by the US Government Printing Office in 1869.

Neighbors mailbox

Errante, Douthett to marry
Lynda V. Douthett and Jack Errante, of Salisbury, N.C., will marry at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, 2007, at the Mendenhall Glacier. They will give Buddhist vows.

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Marilyn Sue Davis
Former Sitka resident Marilyn Sue Hathaway Davis died July 29, 2007, at Hospice House. She was 73.

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: New VA secretary will need to be 'hands-on'
Veterans Affairs Secretary James Nicholson is leaving his job, and his successor will face a breathtaking array of problems. The department has a backlog of 400,000 pending disability claims.

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.

Outside editorial: Airport screening is about to get tougher
Think this summer's endless lines at domestic airports are spirit-sapping? Just wait: It's bound to get a good deal worse.

My turn: A Juneau road will close often
Incoming Gov. Sarah Palin's Dec. 19, 2006, transition team report stated that both Department of Transportation employees and the public "expressed grave concern" that DOT priorities - particularly the Juneau/Katzehin road and the Gravina Bridge - had been influenced more by politics than data and need.

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: Raising tomorrow's leaders
There is a real connection between the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case and the world view that led us into the Iraq war. They both spring from the mindset that says that authority must never admit error.

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.

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. I

Runners ready for annual marathon
For the 16th year, local athletes will join runners from across the United States in Douglas for Juneau's most anticipated running event.

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

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.

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.

Man stopped with body in vehicle has a murderous past
A man who was stopped by police after a car chase and had the body of a woman in his back seat has a murderous past, according to The Anchorage Daily News.

FBI widens investigation into Stevens
The Justice Department is looking closely in two places as it investigates U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens: the Senate and his house.

Regulators seek documents from BP related to oil spills
Alaska regulators have asked BP PLC to turn over a broad range of documents related to oil spills at the company's pipelines and processing facilities in 2006 that forced the London-based oil company to shut part of Prudhoe Bay, the most productive U.S. oil field.

Northwest Digest
Clogged pump leads to radioactive leak, oil spill fund used for timberland purchase, U.S. briefs Russiaon missile defense

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Man guilty of killing Fairbanks store clerk
A man was found guilty on Monday in the killing of a young convenience store clerk 12 years ago.

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