Plague of incivility

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

I have had nothing to do with the "IHH deals" mentioned in Jeff Barnard's letter that appeared in Friday's Empire. All I know is what has been reported in the press, which I assume Mr. Barnard knows, too. From those reports, the IHH deals have been a problem and that is unfortunate. If Mr. Barnard had called me, I could have set him straight. I'm in the book.

Sadly, he didn't call. Rather, he apparently sought to tarnish me by connecting me with a recent scandal for no reason that I can understand. This business of gossip, hearsay, and reputation-bashing is a fact of life in Juneau, and letters like Barnard's are just the sort of thing that will keep others from writing or making public statements.

Well, perhaps this can be a character test. If Mr. Barnard apologizes in these pages, he passes. If not, then the plague of incivility and thoughtlessness that afflicts our town will claim another victory.

Murray Walsh

Juneau



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