Saturday, September 22, 2001

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

AROUND TOWN
Calendar

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.

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:

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

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.

FYI
News of Public Record

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.

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 calls

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports events

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.

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.

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