Word of mouth

Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 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.

I refuse to vote in any elections when they tell me I have to be a Republican, a Democrat, a Greenie or anything else. I think our veterans fought for freedom of choice.

To the caller who continues to call people ignorant for complaining about the overcrowding of our local transit by tourists, please take note. Even our local assembly and transit officials are aware that this has been a problem and they are holding meetings at this time to try to alleviate this problem.

I read the article on low power radio and I really don't think Congress should have the right to micromanage our airwaves. And I really don't see what the threat is to other stations here or anywhere but I guess if you have big shoes, you have to step on someone.

Please tell us why people are not ticketed because they have garbage out and that's why the bears are coming into town. I think you are supposed to contain your garbage and if not it's a fine. In yesterday's paper there was a whole list of bear contacts and basically they were into garbage. Maybe I have it wrong. Maybe it's OK to have your garbage out.

I would like to informally nominate Ronald Gleason for mayor. He is an incredible, encouraging compassionate man who is the former principal of JDHS. Ron, if you see this in Word of Mouth, do it now.

Alaskans used to be known for their warmth, friendliness and hospitality. This apparently is no longer true in Juneau. I, too, am embarrassed when I go down south but worse is the reputation we're getting with the rest of the state as spoiled brats who want everything for ourselves, including the capital. We're just liable to lose everything.

I can't believe the locals in this town can't share the bus system. They have at least 10 to 20 seats and you can stand up if there's a problem. You have to share the bus system with the tourists. What if you were going on a trip to San Francisco and paid $2,000 to get there and then San Francisco told you that you were not allowed into the trolleys because you were a tourist? How would you feel? Capital Transit is public transportation and the tourists are public.

Am I the only one angry that the newspaper does not print the football schedule as it really is on TV? Am I the only one in town who watches football? What's up?

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