Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Making government representative
As ancient observers noted, a democracy - in which the voice of each person is weighed - is almost impossible to achieve. Perhaps today, with the Internet and e-mail, we can get close to that, but it still is an illusion. A complete democracy is impossible.

Radar has no weapons capability
Response to "My Turn: 'Shielding Missile Defense'" on Aug. 3.The radar has no "directed-energy weapons" capability whatsoever.

Government tends to stick to failed policies
I have never met Ken Burch (My Turn: "Raising Tomorrow's Leaders" on Aug. 1), that I know of, but I would like to so I could shake his hand and tell him right on.

ATV riders own homes and are responsible
This letter is in response to Bob Hunsick's letter to the editor ("For the public good, please don't let ATVs have North Douglas," Aug. 1). I was appalled by Hunsick's stereotypical view of all-terrain vehicle riders in Juneau.

Kudos to government officials doing their jobs
I appreciate the federal and state officials doing their jobs and investigating reports of elected officials abusing the public trust responsibilities associated with their positions, not only in Alaska, but nationwide.

Fluoridating water strips freedom of choice
There are many unanswered questions surrounding the health concerns of fluoride in our drinking water. For every study that says it is beneficial, there is one to contradict it. Clearly, there is more to be learned about this much debated topic.

A pointed rebuke of North Douglas elitism
Bob Hunsick's letter to the editor on Aug. 1 reminded me of the privileged class of people who live on North Douglas and their out-of-touch view of the rest of the community.

All can enjoy public land with a little give, take
Once again we see the narrow-mindedness of some people that think their choice of recreation is better or more important than mine

Hood to run for District 2 Assembly seat
Licensed marriage and family therapist Dixie Hood has entered the race for a seat on the Juneau Assembly.

Alaska's bridges see extra scrutiny after Minnesota collapse
Alaska has six steel-deck truss bridges like the one that collapsed in Minnesota last week, but state highway officials aren't worried about any of those. And it also has dozens of bridges with the same "structurally deficient" label as the Minnesota bridge, including the Mendenhall River bridge in Juneau.

Artist envisions whale sculpture in Juneau
Sculptor RT "Skip" Wallen wants to commemorate the 50th anniversary of statehood on a grander scale than he did with his silver-anniversary bear sculpture outside the Capitol.

Peters out of election for School Board seat
Juneau School Board President Bill Peters announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election this October.

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

Photo: Succulent find
A patch of ripe blueberries glistens with drops of rain. The trail along the Mendenhall River is packed with the ripe berries.

Historic Cutter Storis may make permanent move to Juneau
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis was already a museum piece last winter when it spent 54 days pounding through the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska on its last patrol.

City tables panhandling ordinance, discusses fall election
After much discussion at its regular meeting Monday night, the Juneau Assembly tabled an "aggressive panhandling" ordinance until a regular meeting in September.

Study touts effectiveness of youth mentor program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau volunteers have been making a difference in Juneau classrooms one hour at a time with their school-based mentoring program.

Photo: Moments of silence
People participate in a silent vigil Monday at Marine Park to mark the anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.

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

Around Town

Photo: Reaching out
The cast of "Children of Eden" rehearse a scene Monday at the University of Alaska Southeast's Noyes Pavilion. Roger Benington is directing the play as part of Perseverance Theatre's five-week Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous.

Around Town

Olivas marry
Courtney Ann Oliva and Westly Leo Oliva Jr., both of Juneau, were married on June 23, 2007, at Aldersheim Wilderness Lodge.

Neighbors Digest
40th reunion celebration for Juneau-Douglas H.S. Class of 1967, end of Eagles vs. Ravens celebrated in Haines and Klukwan

Leegard, Wilson marry
Erica Leegard and Shay Wilson, both of Juneau, were married on June 22 in the Treadwell Ballroom of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau.

Patterson, McNaughton marry
Courtney Patterson and Kyle McNaughton, both of Juneau, were married on July 28, 2007, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. A reception followed at the Baranof Hotel.

Room enough for both parties in the Great Land
In response to the interest of my readers, I recently made my way to the Governors Mansion at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.

Giguere-Clair anniversary
Lynda Giguere and Rick Clair will celebrate 30 years of marriage this weekend, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12, with a party for friends at the Shrine of St. Therese.

Hiroshima remembered
On any day in Hiroshima, tens of thousands of folded paper cranes blow in the breeze around a statue of a young girl. The girl, who stands holding a bronze crane, symbolizes a call for peace.

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Erick Brooks Ward
Juneau resident Erick Brooks Ward died Aug. 3, 2007, in Juneau. He was 35.

Richard M. Oakley
Former Juneau resident Richard M. "Rick" Oakley of New Milford, Pa., died Sept. 2, 2006. He was 50.

Robert T. Croteau
Juneau resident Robert T. Croteau died May 14, 2007, in Juneau. He was 50.

Ralph Leslie Fuller
Former Juneau resident Ralph Leslie Fuller died Aug. 2, 2007, in Skagway. He was 57.

Eric 'Scott' Monette
Former Juneau resident Eric "Scott" Monette died of natural causes in Anchorage. He was 47.

My Turn: Assembly not following its plan
Well folks, the logging has started behind McDonald's off Egan Drive. The logs are stacked up about 10 feet from Jordan Creek and clear-cutting is occurring about 15 feet away from a recovering salmon stream.

Outside editorial: Support for science, innovation is essential
Though the United States has led the world in science and technology innovation since World War II, countries in Europe and Asia now pose a serious challenge to the nation.

Missile defense poses questions beyond Lena Point
Juneau's government-based economy has never been dependent on national defense spending. The plans for Lena Point to be a site for a radar array that will aid in the testing of the Pentagon's anti-missile defense system may not change that.

Newspapers sound off on ethics reform
A landmark win for ethics in congress, Bill isn't perfect, but neither is Congress, Congress takes giant step toward reform

Juneau football ranked fourth
Juneau-Douglas High School made the top five in the first Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network football poll of the season.

Senator, Alaska politics under siege
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' home sits on a quiet, graveled street where black bears occasionally ramble and traffic is a rarity.

Alaska Digest
Permanent fundreturns 17.1 percent, Trail Mix names new executive director

Don Young finally pays the bill for seven years of crab dinners during fundraisers
U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to pick up the tab for seven years worth of crab dinners after it became clear that the contributions needed to be disclosed, his campaign treasurer said.

Alaska-based soldiers' deaths renew calls for withdrawal from Iraq
The deaths of five more Fort Richardson soldiers within a week in Iraq has some critics calling for the end of the war, but Alaska's senior congressional member said premature withdrawal would leave Iraq in anarchy.

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

California company to buy Icicle Seafoods
One of Alaska's largest seafood processing plants is being sold to a private equity firm based out of California, company executives said.

Palin extends deadline for gas pipeline
Gov. Sarah Palin has extended by two months the deadline for applications for companies interested in building a natural gas pipeline she believes will one day ship trillions of cubic feet of reserves to market.

Four killed in Sitka plane crash
A single engine airplane crashed into an unoccupied house Monday near downtown Sitka, killing at least four people, including the pilot, and engulfing the house in flames, officials said.

Victims of Sitka plane crash identified
Four people who died when a single-engine airplane crashed into an empty home in the coastal community of Sitka were identified by police late Tuesday, while the investigation into the crash's cause got under way.

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

One killed, two wounded in Anchorage shootout
One man was killed and two others were wounded in a gun battle outside a lounge that has a troubled past, according to Anchorage police.

Alaska Digest
Police report fire behind Gastineau intentional, U.S. Army identifies soldiers killed in Iraq, two hooligan grizzly bear cubs killed, state dairy posts profit following losses, Palin opposes listing for beluga whales

Homeowner left just before plane crashed into her home
If not for that chocolate milkshake, Tess Heyburn might have been home when a plane rammed through her house Monday.

Young appears ready to fend off investigations
Investigations dogging U.S. Rep. Don Young have not damaged his effectiveness in Congress, the Alaska Republican said Tuesday, and he warned challengers of consequences if they sling rocks during the campaign next year when he runs for a 19th term.

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