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Friday, September 21, 2001

Comedy: Standing up & Lying down
Comedian Todd Glass is no stranger to television cameras, but delivering stand-up comedy in front of a live audience is his first and best love.

Entertainment Briefs
Contra dance set for Saturday; Alaska plays sought for conference; New director chosen for state arts council

Entertainment Calendar
Movies

Human equations in 'Proof'
I ra Levin's "Deathtrap" opens with a description of a perfect thriller: "Two acts, one set, five characters, a juicy murder in act I, unexpected developments in act II, sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in the right places, highly commercial."

Art and artifacts at the city museum
Beadwork, lighthouses, women's art and Juneau history will be featured this fall at the Juneau Douglas City Museum. Beginning next week, admission is free.

Facing the crowd in terror's aftermath
Musicians Martha Scott and Betsy Sims spent months preparing to leave Juneau this fall for a three-month musical tour of the East Coast and Midwest. Scott is now having second thoughts about the tour in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks on the United States.

A chant for goodness
I am writing to express my dismay at the Juneau Empire's printing of Art Chance's My Turn article. It was in poor judgment for the editor to print his article. Everyone has a right to express their opinions, but the newspaper has the responsibility to make good decisions about what is appropriate. Violent, revengeful hate letters are not.

Cars are not toys
How can we be sure that our teenagers are ready for the responsibility of having a license and a car? We can only hope that everything they have been taught has registered in their mind.

Violence begets violence
The attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania have shaken our roots. Our hearts are filled with grief and with sympathy for the victims and their families. We share our country's shock and determination to keep such acts from ever occurring again.

We won't miss
To the terrorists: Today I learned than one very dear friend of mine is dead because of you. Yes, I am sad and heart sick, wondering how I will cope. (Isn't that what you wanted?) But, you missed your mark.

Freedom's benefits
If Chris Joy lived in one of the Arab countries she seems to defend she would not be able to belong to an organization that supported women.

Shame on the critics
Thanks to all who joined us in displaying the American flag. I've seen them in cars, businesses and in homes.

Was it sour grapes?
I have never written a letter to the editor before but after reading the letter on Monday by Maggie Ross, I feel compelled to respond. In a time when over 5,000 innocent husbands, wives, sons and daughters have been taken, Ms. Ross refers to this as an "East Coast catastrophe," as if this were some other country.

Dock access
Local residents are no longer permitted to walk along the downtown docks when a cruise ship is there for security reasons.

Invitation to reflect
I read Maggie Ross' Sept. 16 My Turn with increasing dismay at each paragraph. Every thoughtful person I know is concerned about the balance between our civil liberties and security. And certainly any meaningful consideration of future policy in the Middle East must include a through examination of our successes and failures in the region.

Zero allegiance
In response to Chris Joy's latest letter, I would like to establish a fund to send her to visit and make her case for world peace with bin Laden and his followers in person. Joy could then explain to him why men should not declare war, and how her American Party of Women (APOW) will make everything right in the world.

Stand strong together
I found myself greatly disheartened by several letters, opinions and viewpoints published in the Juneau Empire earlier this week. I was in the process of composing a response when Thursday's paper arrived. It was a relief to finally see a few doses of reality.

Time for love, support
The presidential election is over and it is time for Chris Joy and Maggie Ross to get over it. We live in a dangerous and new era, and now face survival of not only our way of life but of life itself.

Halfway house ex-worker sentenced for coercion
A former employee at a corrections halfway house in Juneau was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison with 20 months suspended for coercing an inmate not to talk about an alleged sexual relationship between them.

Family, ousted by fire, looking for assistance
A local family is seeking help to rebuild their lives after fire claimed their home.

Cruise line bookings, stocks take a beating
Cruise ship bookings have dropped in Alaska and elsewhere as passengers have had trouble flying to their embarkation ports.

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

Juneau man employed in Pentagon recovery
A recent graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School is among the servicemen sifting through the debris of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack at the Pentagon.

Collins sees need to be more active in region
Since moving to Southeast Alaska in 1988, Chuck Collins has traveled to every community in the region with the exception of Hyder and Pelican. And Juneau's relations with the rest of the region are one reason he decided to run against incumbent Jim Powell for the areawide Juneau Assembly seat.

Steve Sztuk: Keeping watch from the sky
For some 60 years, Juneau resident Steve Sztuk has kept watch over Southeast Alaska from the sky.

Powell sets sights on tourism, schools, facilities
After six years on the Juneau Assembly, Jim Powell has some work he'd like to finish. He envisions Juneau with a new ice rink, a long-range tourism plan, two high schools, a remodeled Capitol campus and safe access at Auke Bay, he said.

Leaders form united front on ferry funding
The Southeast Conference, with near unanimity, has endorsed a package of resolutions to improve the finances of the state ferry system and upgrade the region's infrastructure.

Juneau firefighter mourns loss of N.Y. colleagues
As the nation mourns the loss of New York firefighters killed in a terrorist attack on the country last week, a Juneau man is hurting more than most.

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Women's health forum Saturday
Women who want to lead long, healthy lives are invited to attend a free forum titled Celebrating Women's Lives: Growing Older, Growing Wise, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall. The presentation includes a free lunch.

Teen heart patient sent to Seattle
JUNEAU Chrysantha Bradley, the Juneau teen-ager who underwent a heart transplant two years ago, has suffered a setback. A viral infection caused her body to reject her new heart, said her father, Ray Bradley.

No compromise on proposed city smoking ban
Juneau business owners and smoking-ban supporters are having trouble reaching agreement on how new limits would apply to restaurants that have bars.

FYI
News of Public Record

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

Wayne E. Weeks
Wayne E. Weeks died on Sept. 16 in Seattle.

My Turn: Consider stopping the cycle of violence
As I join with the rest of the nation in mourning the thousands of victims of last week's heinous acts of terrorism, it is with some discomfort that I find myself arguing the merits of U.S. foreign policy. Nevertheless, several of the letters that responded to that of Chris Joy are so full of super-patriotism and denial that I feel I have to write in support of her thesis that terror is, indeed, a two-way street.

My Turn: Times that try men's souls
By Ken Koelsch

My Turn: Not a perfect nation, but worthy of our pride
Maggie Ross suggests that her personal experiences lend validity to her opinion on America's ills, and as an American she is free to state her opinion publicly. I do not believe my personal experiences invest my opinion with any particular weight, but I feel compelled to call upon them to respond to her My Turn column of Sept. 17.

Don't rush to normalcy
When Rudolph Giuliani urged New Yorkers on Monday to get back to their normal routines, the mayor's motives were understandable. It would send a message to terrorists that they have not defeated us. It would help keep the city's economy from sinking any deeper. It would aid people trying to get past the horrendous events of last week.

Outside editorial: Bush's firm warning
Standing on the cusp of history, President Bush on Thursday night delivered a speech worthy of the moment to a joint session of Congress and an anxious nation.

Word Of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth calls

The preacher and the halibut from hell
It was one of those rare clear days as we untied the lines from the Auke Bay dock and took the boat The Wild One on a fishing trip we will never forget. On board was a retired preacher ready to fish for halibut. We anchored at our favorite hole and the action started as we baited our poles. The preacher was baited up with salmon.

Beavers: A battle for road crews, a bonanza for B&B guests
A big rodent with an engineering aptitude. A water gopher that eats trees. A potential fur hat that builds houses.

Fish report
It took anglers fishing for coho salmon an average of six hours to land a fish last week, while in the previous week it took four hours to land a silver. The five-year average catch rate for coho salmon in the Juneau area is five hours. At this time last year, it took seven hours to put a silver in the boat.

Out and About
What's in season, in the water, and in the woods

Where to find beavers locally
Juneau's most prominent beavers are gone, but others can still be found for wildlife viewing. They are easier seen in the late evening or at night.

Special places for troubled times
This week, day and night reach a brief equilibrium, then quickly bypass each other as day inexorably, steadily, gives way to lengthening night. It is the same dance they repeat every September.

Juneau runners head to regionals
The friendly rivalry between the Juneau-Douglas High School girls cross country team and Ketchikan has continued to unfold throughout the season.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports events

Bears return to action with Sitka matches
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team got an unexpected weekend off after last week's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Alaska State Football Leaders
Top performers in Alaska high school football, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News. The leader stats are missing stats from the Sept. 8 game between Sitka and Seward.

Juneau swim and dive team heads for Petersburg
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive team dives back into competition this weekend with two separate meets in Petersburg on Friday and Saturday.

Sports In Juneau

Alaska State Football Polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on b

Juneau hosts defending state champs
Although the top-ranked Juneau-Douglas High School football team has rolled to an undefeated 6-0 record this season, there have been times when the Crimson Bears offense has struggled.

Bail set for Haines man in murder case
Bail was set at $200,000 Wednesday for a Haines man accused in the beating death of his uncle.

State Briefs
Dock access limited through season; Firefighters secure vehicles after warning; Twins sentenced for flight fight

SE leaders seek electrical intertie
Southeast communities will study a format for a regional agency that would own and operate electric transmission lines that might someday link towns from Metlakatla to Skagway.

SE mayors oppose legislative move
Southeast mayors have rallied around Juneau - and shopping - in the capital city's efforts to counter a possible ballot measure in 2002 to move the legislative sessions to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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