Tuesday, September 7, 2004

A hate-filled convention
I am sickened at the hate-filled rhetoric of the recent Republican National Convention, especially those speakers who suggest it is unpatriotic to question the war in Iraq.

Who's the idiot?
I take exception with Richard Anderson's My Turn column deriding the efforts of my fellow firefighter's during the recent downtown fire. As an adviser Mr. Anderson deals with theory, not the realities that face those in the field. The initial interior attack team could feel the heat of the fire through their boots because it was already racing through the voids between the first and second floors, not just behind the building faade, as Anderson implies. Our firefighters are experienced and trained enough to know that one doesn't take a chainsaw to the wall of a building that hasn't had the power supply cut off; an immediate request was made by the incident commander and AEL&P responded as quickly as possible.

Businesses press city for tax break
Alaska Knifeworks owner David Summers and other business owners in Juneau would not have to pay any business personal property tax, under a proposal by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Front Street Clinic serves city's homeless
Most of the time, Martina Dundas has to choose between rent and food. As a single mother of a 4-year-old boy, she has trouble finding and keeping jobs.

Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Welcome home
Sgt. 1st Class Art Honea of the Army National Guard is greeted by two of his four granddaughters, Kalia Cooper, 2, left and ZoAnne Cooper, 3, on Monday at Juneau International Airport. Honea returned to Juneau after being deployed with about 70 other members of the Alaska Army National Guard's 1/207 Aviation Regiment at Camp Bondsteel for a one-year peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Honea is an aviation mechanic.

Photo: Shoulder season
Tourists visiting the downtown area on Monday hunker under their brollies as they experience some unusual weather hereabouts - at least, unusual this year. 2004 has so far proved to be one of the sunniest and driest years in recorded rainforest history.

A discriminatory marriage proposal
The other day I got a press release announcing the state's plans to spend $500,000 to promote marriage. The state suggests possible uses for the grant money, including marriage education, "marriage enhancement training programs," and - no joke! - public advertising campaigns on the value of marriage.

My Turn: Schools need boost in funding
In early August a group of parents, school districts, Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska's Children (CEAAC) and NEA-Alaska filed a lawsuit in Alaska Superior Court. The suit charges that the state's funding of kindergarten-through-12th grade (K-12) schools violates the Alaska Constitution for two reasons:

Prostate Cancer Run/Walk and "Beat the Odds" Women's Race
Results

ADN/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

JYFL Scores
Juneau Youth Football League lower division scores from games played Friday and Saturday.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

This Day in History
In Alaska and beyond.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Fairbanksan is Johnny Appleseed of Interior
Clair Lammers strolls through his Fairbanks fruit orchard like a man visiting his children.

Operation Christmas Child gets ready for season of giving
For the last 10 years, an international Christian relief organization called Samaritan's Purse has been collecting gift-filled shoeboxes and delivering them to needy children around the world.

Scientists studying the decline of northern fur seals in Pribilof Islands
Marine researchers are trying to learn why northern fur seals are declining in the Pribilof Islands and increasing on a tiny volcanic island north of Unalaska that didn't exist in its present form a century ago.

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