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Sunday, September 16, 2001

Divine guidance
I have just participated in the National Service of Prayer and Remembrance via television from the National Cathedral. This serves somewhat as a capstone to the oft-stated need for God to help us in this crisis.

Depressed and offended at service
I attended Friday's Juneau community service held in remembrance of the U.S. citizens killed in the terrorist attacks on the United States. As happens on most important occasions, Juneau's citizens turned out in large, supportive numbers for the "non-denominational" service at Centennial Hall. It was comforting to see so many people supporting our country and to see so many red, white and blue ribbons and/or the American flag being worn by attendees.

Prosecution or war?
The hijackings and crashes were crimes, very serious crimes. The procedure for dealing with crimes is to bring the responsible persons to trial, and punish those convicted through the judicial system.

Avoid the 'show'
I sincerely hope that one thing that will come out of all of the tragedy and reflection of the last week is that as a nation, we will have more respect for our flag and national anthem.

Appeasement never works as response
In response to Chris Joy's letter in Thursday's paper, I had a number of choice responses, few of which could be published, so I finally settled on "wake up and smell the coffee!"

We will survive
This is dedicated to the ones who lost their lives in the horrid strain of evens of Tuesday. Our hearts go out to the brave souls who perished in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to those who lost their lives in all four plane crashes that day, and to the courageous men and women who died fighting for the lives of survivors.

Look in the mirror
I am absolutely appalled and disgusted by the letter from Chris Joy in Thursday's Empire.

The price of peace
I would very much like to query and counter Chris Joy 's Sept. 13 letter to the editor.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

City candidates plan for less expensive runs
Local candidates say they don't plan to spend nearly as much in city races this fall as the $45,000 record set by Assembly member Jim Powell in 1998.

Measure allows JDHS renovation to go forward
Voters in the Oct. 2 city election will be asked whether they want to split their previous authorization to sell bonds for two school construction projects. A yes vote will let Juneau-Douglas High School renovation start in the upcoming summer.

Glory Hole to remain downtown
A forum Friday night on the homeless in Juneau, particularly their presence downtown, preached to the converted. No merchants whose concerns about loiterers, fights, noise and litter triggered the meeting attended.

Photography collection has 140 Alaska images
Review of "Seasons of Alaska," Edited by Ed Bovy and Alissa Crandall, Greatland Graphics, Anchorage, 128 pages, $24.95 soft; $34.95 hard cover.

Ships in port Sept. 16-22
Cruise ships expected in Juneau for the coming week

Bear trapped on porch downtown
John Ingalls woke up at 11 p.m. Monday night to find a black bear trapped on the porch of his downtown Juneau home.

USFS to evaluate Tongass wilderness
The U.S. Forest Service plans to examine 110 roadless areas in the Tongass National Forest for wilderness protection in response to a federal court order.

Old Glory
Patriotic displays have sprung up across the nation in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks. The Stars and Stripes were hung on a cherry picker at Construction Machinery in Lemon Creek.

In the Stacks
Here are a few of the new non-fiction books at the Juneau Public Library this week.

Juneau comes together to remember victims of terror
Even those who didn't know where the memorial service was Friday could find it by following the stream of people flowing toward Centennial Hall at noon or the cars lining up to circle through the full parking lot.

AROUND TOWN
Happenings around Juneau

Outside editorial: Ways to help healing
Americans are conflicted over whether the most appropriate thing to do in the wake of such a barbaric act is to pause, or to press on.

'Get a life,' but you have to decide if it's your own
Of all the tired phrases of our generation, few are more frustrating to me than "get a life." Somewhere in the last few years, "get with the program" must have expanded to a much larger assignment for self-improvement.

My Turn: A comforting and inspiring transformation
I attended the Centennial Hall remembrance ceremony on Friday and wrote down my thoughts afterward:

Punishing the plotters; practicing patience
There are a lot of shared emotions out there right now: grief, disbelief, anger. In our grief, most of us keep a stiff upper lip. Unaccustomed as we are to showing weakness or fear, we try to be strong. In our disbelief, we struggle to understand why so many innocent people died. In our anger, we want justice at a minimum.

Juneau runners are their own top competition at Skagway Invite
The toughest competition for the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country squads was Juneau's second team Saturday at the Skagway Invitational at Skagway's Dyea Road cross country course.

Women's soccer teams honor fallen during tourney finale
Juneau's Capital City Soccer League held the championship game of its women's league postseason tournament Friday night at Melvin Park, but several players said their minds were thousands of miles away after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. earlier in the week.

Bears travel by air, win on ground
PALMER -- As the top-ranked football team in Alaska, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears are obligated to play a few games on the road.

Juneau JV team beats Ketchikan varsity, 28-6
After watching their varsity teammates safely fly out of Juneau on Friday morning for Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team ran into a 3 1/2-hour flight delay Saturday morning in its attempt to fly to Ketchikan for a game Saturday.

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