Word of Mouth

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2000

Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

If parents of sophomores in advanced classes don't want their children to do additional work in the summer, maybe they should withdraw their children from those classes.

On page one of the Empire, the school board candidate demands more academic rigor, yet on page three, the parents call for less academic rigor. What is a teacher to do?

The school board setting a policy on homework would be the ultimate definition of micro-management. They should be dealing in overall policy and leaving homework to teachers.

Parents complain about not having good enough gifted education, but parents of gifted students complain about their children having too much homework. What do they want? A rigorous education, but no work for it?

I found a copy of the proposed teen health clinic project. No date was on the document: "The public health nursing staff will not provide birth control methods or pregnancy testing in the school-based clinic. Teens requesting those services will be referred to the community clinic." That was their plan then, and I still think it is a good idea today.

There's been a lot of criticism of cruise ships for dumping their wastewater. Where do you think our state ferries dump their wastewater?

I think it would be very nice if they left the flowers on the dock for at least a few days after the cruise ships leave.

Regarding your tricking tourists feature, I suggest the Empire stick to reporting the news rather than attempting to create it.

We need a mayor that isn't in denial about the "people problem" that creates a "bear problem." It's time to follow the lead of the Yukon and B.C., and put in metal bear-proof garbage containers. That's why Mark Farmer has my vote.

Do the police get extra pay for killing bears? They should use rubber bullets, it's appalling to see that the police are so trigger-happy.

It's time for apathetic pro-road people to get out there and vote. Vote road, vote Parsons.

About the road proposition to Skagway, just think of the beautiful drive it would be, the hunting it would open up. It would be beautiful!

It was refreshing to hear debate responses not inundated with too many years of political ambition and diplomatic assurance. I'm referring to Maridon Boario's direct answers to the questions posed to her during Wednesday's debate. As well, Marc Wheeler's concise responses were easy to listen to and had more than enough substance.

I am going to vote no for the sales tax because we don't need an ice rink in Douglas. I agree with the hospital renovation, but you can't have one without the other.

The best choice at the polls on Oct. 3 for the areawide assembly race is PeggyAnn McConnochie, living in Juneau for 20 years and holding public offices, vs. Mr. Wheeler, who has held none in his five years here.

We hear a lot about traffic noise up in the air, why don't we ever hear about the traffic noise here on the ground? Souped-up vehicles, muffler-less cars and trucks, and boom boxes, the noise is ear-splitting and widespread.



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