Free speech isn't a one-way street
I have a response to Dixie Hood's letter of July 25.

Who marched against communism?
Liberal-Left icon Che Guevara once said "a people without hate cannot triumph."

Regarding short Fridays at school
Though I don't understand why teachers can't simply work after the kids leave until 5 p.m. like everyone else who works until 5 p.m., I also fail to see why parents are upset.

Photo: Connecting two neighborhoods
Tim Miller of Miller Construction scoops up dirt and tree branches and loads it into a dump truck at the new Steelhead Road extension off Back Loop Road in the Mendenhall Valley.

Photo: Wedding on ice
Laraine Shearhart and Steven Erickson do a "pretzel toast" with champagne just after getting married at about 1,800 feet above sea level on the Herbert Glacier.

In the stacks: Nonfiction DVDs are on the shelves
New nonfiction DVDs are available at all public libraries - look for them online or on the shelf.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Healing touch offers some a vital connection
Holistic healing: Mary Szczepanski, right, a registered nurse, has been doing healing touch since 1986.

Fishermen head to the seas for the 59th salmon derby
If Juneau looks deserted for the next three days, it's because hundreds of its residents took to the ocean.

Shaw, Wieting marry
Lorraina N. Shaw and Gregory R. Wieting were married Saturday, July 9, 2005, at Faith Lutheran Church in Juneau.

Livies celebrate 50 years
John and Carol Livie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 23, 2005.

Photos: Hanging out at the dock
Waiting is the hardest part: Serkan Tumur, above, a crew member of Holland America Line's Statendam, awaits the repositioning of the ship's gangway Tuesday at the crusie ship dock.

News about the people you know...

Photo: Cleanup
Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC) employee Trevor Fritz grabs a dog salmon July 28 at Salmon Creek as part of an effort to keep the creek free of decomposing chum.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Elton's on the warpath
This is my war with JIP. This is not a contest between political parties. It is not taking stands on the road to Skagway or the struggle in Bosnia or Afghanistan or Iraq.

Etheridge, Dillon to marry
Juneau residents Jessica Etheridge and Jody Dillon will be married Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at the Chapel by the Lake in Juneau.

Currit, Helms to wed
Kathryn Currit of Thorne Bay and Michael Helms Jr. of Juneau will be married at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005, at Centennial Hall. A reception will immediately follow at the same location.

Teeples, Martin wed
Emily Teeples of Rexburg, Idaho, and Evan Martin of Juneau were married July 23, 2005, at the Idaho Falls Temple.

Francisca Q. Soriano
Juneau resident Francisca Q. Soriano, 78, died at home on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, after a short illness.

Alaska editorial: Jay Hammond helped shape modern Alaska
Jay Hammond wore well after leaving office. Survey after survey in recent years ranked him at the top, along with U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, among Alaska leaders.

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.

Four peaks, three friends, one day
Maybe it's just one of those things people born and raised in Juneau do in their free time.

Alaskan among slain Marines
Lance Cpl. Grant Fraser's passions ranged from rock climbing and scuba diving to acting and piano playing, to fighting the war in Iraq, where the 22-year-old Alaskan and his fellow Marine reservists died in a roadside bombing this week.

Former rep works to recall Sen. Ben Stevens
Former state Rep. Ray Metcalfe says state Sen. Ben Stevens has provided the "perfect storm" for a recall effort - displaying arrogance, attempting a raid on the Alaska Permanent Fund and maintaining a conflict of interest.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Wal-Mart could take over as state's No. 1 employer
Wal-Mart may be the state's largest private employer in a few years, after it builds new stores, according to a study by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Buckwheat Donahue to trek across America
Last winter, Buckwheat Donahue walked 330 miles in two weeks, from Whitehorse to Dawson, Yukon. It was 30 to 40 degrees below zero on some days, but the people he met on the highway kept him going.

Feedback sought on ferry schedule
The state ferry system will take public comments next week on its proposed schedule for October 2005 to September 2006.

Federal transportation allotments cut into state's road-building funds
Most of the federal funding allotted to Alaska under the five-year transportation bill passed last week by Congress will come out of money from the state's regular road-building program, state transit officials said.

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