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Monday, September 17, 2001

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

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.

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.

Show tolerance
My seven siblings and I were born to immigrant parents from Japan. As most people are aware, during WWII we were placed in relocation (concentration) camps because of our racial background. As I reflect upon the experience of our family as a typical Japanese-American family in this country, I feel we have significantly contributed to the strength of this nation built upon racial and religious diversity and tolerance.

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.

A fan of Ann
I just had an urge to say that I really have enjoyed Ann Chandonnet's articles on local personalities and history.

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!"

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.

Practice what we preach
I took some time to gather with other community members and churches to pray for our country and the people suffering through this great travesty. I am still in shock and yet after the first onslaught of great sadness and anger, which is still simmering, I am now facing the fact that much of this we brought upon ourselves.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around Town
Today

AROUND TOWN
Happenings around Juneau

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

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.

Alternative heliport study out this month
The city plans to release a study of possible locations for alternative heliports in Juneau later this month.

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.

Photo: Memorial service in the park
More than 100 people gather at Marine Park for a memorial service and prayer vigil Sunday in Juneau in response to Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

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.

School Board elections: Becker calls board 'research group' that works to figure out best school policy
After teaching for 30 years, Mary Becker wasn't shocked at anything she's seen in her first term on the Juneau School Board. But she didn't fully appreciate how hard the board works, how important its committees are, or anticipate the volume of calls from parents.

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

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.

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.

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

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

School Board elections: Ridgeway says board experience has taught him reality of moving issues ahead
When Stan Ridgeway was first elected to the Juneau School Board three years ago, he had spent the previous year attending its meetings. But it's not the same on the other side of the desks.

The ideals of this nation
In his book "Lincoln at Gettysburg," historian Garry Wills writes of how the definition of an American changed with the upheaval of the Civil War. "American" became a broader, more powerful notion. No longer was it a matter of lineage, race, religion or even Western civilization.

My Turn:'If you desire peace, work for justice'
The disruption caused by the heinous events of Sept. 11 has, in one way or another, affected us all. Many have had their entire lives disrupted. Thousands will have disrupted lives for years to come due to the emotional and/or physical wounds inflicted upon them.

My Turn: Amid a failure of leadership
It has been shocking and sad to hear people stating that they are willing to sacrifice civil liberties for security. Security such as they seek does not exist.

'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.

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.

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.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Sept. 21

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.

Alaska State 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.

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.

Klondike 'Trail of '98' International Road Relay
Here are the final team placings from the Klondike "Trail of '98" International Road Relay, a 109.6-mile relay held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, from Skagway to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Crimson Bears hold on to top spot
Autumn in Alaska is a time when the leaves turn yellow, the evenings get cool and dark, and bears gorge themselves in preparation for a long, cold winter.

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.

New survey: Alaskans want vote on rural priority
76 percent would like to see a subsistence amendment on the Three out of four Alaskans polled this month said they want the chance to vote on a constitutional amendment guaranteeing a rural subsistence priority. Half said they would vote in favor of such an amendment.

State Briefs
More events respond to attacks; Panel OKs library land acquisition; Absentee voting starts; Flights, mail nearing normalcy; Venetie mans body found

State tones down dividend announcement after attacks
The announcement of the 25th annual Alaska Permanent Fund dividend will get none of the hoopla it usually commands.

SE leaders to meet in B.C.
Transportation and electricity will be among the big topics discussed when government and business leaders from around Southeast meet this week in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Authorities find holes in Sea-Tac security
Federal and police records show significant lapses in security at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, the Seattle Times reported in a copyright article on Sunday.

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