Wednesday, September 8, 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.

Be heard
I am in mourning today for all of the children and innocents that have been used by people in power and terrorists throughout history, including the hostage situation in Russia.

A shameful convention
I feel it is important to respond to the recent Republican National Convention in New York.

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.

Questions about salmon rule
Three questions that might be of some interest to the general public:

Roadless: good for your soul
I'm not surprised that once again the Bush administration has ignored the will of the people.

Respect all
I have a child and other family members that entered high school and it disturbs me on what's going on with the students.

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.

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.

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.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Valley family's apple tree falls victim to apparent bear attack
Lavena Sargent doesn't doubt the identity of the thief that stole her apples and, in the process, tore apart the tree her family had nurtured for 20 years.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Juneau plans more parking, sports field for downtown schools
The city is moving forward with plans for more parking and a high school sports field at the downtown Juneau schools complex.

UAS Juneau nears record enrollment- up 10 percent
The University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau has the largest freshman class in its history, officials said this week.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Stoddard, Crossley to marry
Crystal Stoddard and Aaron Crossley of Juneau plan to marry at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at Glacier Gardens.

Thanks for helping with Juneau's marathon
Thank you to the people and businesses that contributed to the success of Juneau's 13th annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon.

Catherine Roberts Miller
Former Juneau resident Catherine Roberts Miller, 44, died Aug. 29, 2004, at her home in Maui following a six-month experience with cancer.

Alaska editorial: GOP's Alaska agenda
This editorial appeared in Friday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My Turn: The real ferry agenda
It appears the order from the governor's office is to go on the offensive to repair the public-relations debacle Murkowski finds his administration in.

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:

Alaska editorial: Alaska women working hard, deserve more pay
This editorial appeared in Thursday's Anchorage Daily News:

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.

Ketchikan Invitational cross-country results
Results of Saturday's Ketchikan Invitational cross-country running meet, held on a 5-kilometer course (3.1 miles) along the shores of Ward Lake north of Ketchikan.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Reporter faults war coverage
Dahr Jamail, a freelance journalist from Anchorage, has spent much of the last two years in Iraq doing the work he says the mainstream media won't.

Fairbanks dedicates memorial to fallen officers
The father of a fallen police officer was the keynote speaker at a new memorial honoring Interior law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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.

Earhart clues sought in Alaska wreckage
Researchers trying to solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearance searched for clues in the wreckage of a plane that crashed 61 years ago in Misty Fiords National Monument.

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