Word of mouth

Posted: Sunday, August 13, 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.

Instead of building a road to Haines, why don't we build a bridge from Douglas across to the airport? I think that would be a better idea.

My son and I would like to thank the man who picked up a farewell package I had for a friend. It had been strewn all over the highway and he picked it up and brought it to the ferry terminal for us. Thank you so much.

I was just wondering if anyone one else found it hypocritical that they closed Glacier Bay fishing and subsistence, but are pressing to open mining, which is far more dangerous and pollutant to the water and habitat around Glacier Bay. What does anyone else think about this? I think it's pretty sad.

In response to the caller who thanks Fish and Game about the king crab fishery, commercial fishermen feed their families with this fishery. It doesn't affect just the Juneau area; it affects many families throughout Southeast. Not just the skippers, but also the crew. This isn't a sport to us, but food on our tables and clothes on our backs.

I don't understand the comment the person made about George Washington rapping, so I suggest they call back and try again.

In Friday's Word of Mouth I wondered at the naivete of the caller who said `In America it's equal rights and equal access to a resource.' The caller also said `no one should have more rights to a resource than other users.' Apparently this person has never heard of ANILCA.

The questions about the road north have already been answered. DOT has published and made available tons of information about the Juneau Access Project. It's public information. Call them

Concerning the light at Stephen Richards Drive and Loop Road, I was talking to my friend Charleston Heston this evening and he express the opinion that traffic lights don't hurt people. People hurt people.

The personal use caller fails to understand that we don't all have boats or the ability to harvest our own king crab. The only equal access for most of us is a commercial king crab season.

I was born in Juneau 47 years ago. For the caller who thinks that it's serene and we have not traffic congestion and parking problems around here, obviously they haven't been here very long. Since we've had to put up with all this progress, congestion, noise and pollution over the years, maybe it would be good if we had a road so we could escape from this place every once in a while.

In response to the caller who stated that $3 million of the head tax money is used only for tourist-related projects, I would like to remind the public that one-third of the annual revenues from the passenger fees will go to general services - things like administration, roads, libraries, schools, harbors, and water and sewer.

I always thought the nicest thing about Juneau was the lack of guns, drugs and violence. If you build a road they will come.

It's time we let the commercial guys stop whining about the commercial king crab fishery. There's a reason that fishery was shut down. That's because it was over-fished. They want the sport people to give up their fishing so a couple of commercial guys people can make a buck. It's time they figured out their jobs are dead - go home and do something else.

I'd like to say the person commenting on how we voted in the last assembly race is correct. Last time we chose an assembly member who always wants to be politically correct over someone who had a long history of local accomplishments and contributions to Juneau. I hope the silent majority gets off their duffs in October and starts electing people who have the community's interests at heart

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