Word of mouth

Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2000

Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

It's wonderful that the Empire did a story about the mushrooms growing in the median. But you should have warned people not to eat them because they're full of things like the lead that was left there back in the days when we had leaded gasoline. If folks are going to pick mushrooms, they should pick them back in the woods, not by the side of the road where they're likely to be polluted by automobile exhaust.

If the assembly's vote on the road or ferry is really, as the Empire suggests, sampling my opinion, then I hope I get the opportunity to say I don't want either.

Here we are again talking about the road and ferry. I don't like the idea of the road to Haines and I don't like the idea of fast ferries. Why don't we have a third opinion and just leave the ferries alone? The problem with the ferries is the scheduling. They should stick to a scheduling and always stay with the scheduling for the people who plan around it. Aside from that, they're good boats.

Imagine. $250 million to build a road to Haines. If that amount were invested with a 10 percent return per annum, that would yield 25 million per year in perpetuity. At $250 per trip, that's 100,000 roundtrip tickets to Anchorage per year in perpetuity. Of course, the real cost is closer to $500 million and that's 200,000 roundtrip tickets per year. This road game is not about access. It's about a small group of construction interests and unbridled greed.

Frankie Pillifant thinks there is not enough information to vote on the road, but she had no problem trying to have a vote for city taxpayers to pay for a travel subsidy for everyone in Juneau without knowing the cost.

I have lived in Juneau for 50 years and Frankie Pillifant is the only person on the assembly that I have voted for.

Right on, Frankie Pillifant. You have represented me perfectly.

If you're as sick as I am of the cruise industry polluting our beautiful land and tired of their sickening lies and deceit, then I suggest you join me on the docks with a sign denouncing Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines. Let their customers know what kind of people they're sailing with.

I read in Wednesday evening's paper about the Norwegian Cruise Line's polluting again, and I noticed that Norwegian's statement made in May wasn't widely circulated then because cruise lines are becoming weary of the publicity from a string of environmental violations. Well, you know what, we're pretty weary of it too.

I was downtown recently for the first time in a long time. The pollution that's coming off the cruise ships and their oil burning, smoke giving have turned the State Office Building real black. I hope everybody enjoys it. That's tourism.

I think drivers should have to retake the driving test every few years. Maybe then they would know the difference between a yield and a merge sign, how to use a turn signal, when to turn on their lights, which lane to turn into -- the closest one -- and that it is a law that your trailer have functioning brake lights.

I'd like to thank the very considerate person who put a nice huge door ding in my car parked in the State Office Building parking lot Wednesday or Tuesday. Real considerate of you.

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