Sunday, September 23, 2001

They were told not to be themselves
Stories abound, in Alaska and elsewhere, of Native American children forced to attend boarding schools far from their village homes, punished for speaking their own language. These are not old stories; some people who experienced them are well under retirement age.

In the Stacks
These books are an fascinating perspective on life here in Alaska throughout the ages. (They are not new, but I'm on vacation so there isn't anything new going out on the shelves this week at the library.)

Health house at a glance
What makes a Health House? For a house to meet those specifications, it must be designed and built with a holistic perspective.

Clearing the air
The Health Home project grew out of the American Lung Association's commitment to promote lung health.

Building a healthy house
Alaskans are investing in a new home concept that curbs indoor air pollution

Historic reality
I would like to recognize Chris Joy for her opinions. As Americans, we are all entitled. After reading her letter and the subsequent responses I felt compelled to provide an opinion.

Correcting some errors about Powell letter
Earlier this week I wrote a letter detailing the findings of the Alaska Public Offices Commission with regard to assembly member Jim Powell's 1998 re-election campaign. I stated that Mr. Powell was charged with failing to report $25,131 in accrued expenses and paid expenditures. That figure was wrong.

Feel, think, do
I offer a short message to those who acquired post-graduate degrees in the '60s in the social-so-called-sciences in language commensurate with your intellectual attainments. If you have difficulty with this, the library has dictionaries.

The view from New York City: It's not over yet
Nearly two weeks after the terrorist attacks, the signs remain - on the sides of buildings, taped to street lamps, hanging from fences and memorial walls throughout the city. Some even make an appearance in the subways.

Witchcraft fears fuel Harry Potter book ban
Harry Potter may be phenomenally popular worldwide, but there are some who consider the fictional young sorcerer a menace to society.

Eight deer carcasses left next to Glacier Highway
A hunter selected the best cuts from eight deer last week, then left the rest to rot alongside Glacier Highway. Fish and Wildlife Troopers found the carcasses in a pullout at 22 Mile Thursday morning. Now the troopers are looking for the hunter who wasted the 150 pounds of venison.

Fund-raising for terrorism victims
In communities large and small, Alaskans are opening their hearts - and their wallets - to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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

Around Town
Today

Book censorship is often good publicity
Several years ago, the Juneau Public Library received several requests to pull the book "Heather has Two Mommies" from the shelves.

My Turn: Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke
Retired after a very long career as a physician and public health specialist, I find it extremely difficult to remain silent on issues with significant impacts on the health and longevity of my fellow Alaskans.

My Turn: Express concerns about local flightseeing noise
It is very difficult to even think about local issues in light of the tragic events of the past week. However, the window for comment on the Forest Service Helicopter Landing Draft EIS is rapidly coming to a close. The importance of community response to this document cannot be overstated.

My Turn: A former New Yorker's religious perspective
As I watched the service at the Episcopal Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul (commonly called The National Cathedral), I was struck by the collision of church and state forming an uncomfortable alliance.

A way to exhibit athletic ability without costly equipment
For many years, I thought spitting was a guy thing, specifically an older guy thing. My father spit occasionally and very efficiently, certainly not for recreation. The rest of my family only resorted to it in emergencies, like reacting to a bug in the mouth or a direct hit with a dog's tongue. It was OK to spit as a medical treatment.

Transportation at center stage of SE Conference
The decision to proceed with Southeast Conference this week in Prince Rupert, B.C., was a difficult one in light of the catastrophic events of last week.

Crimson Bears sweep Region V running crowns
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls and boys ran away with the Class 4A team titles at the Region V cross country meet in Sitka on Saturday, winning behind dominating performances by Jesse Stringer and Hilary Young, who both claimed individual crowns.

Bear swimmers sweep two meets in Petersburg
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams both claimed a pair of victories in the Petersburg Invitational swim meets Friday and Saturday at the Petersburg Swim Pool.

Juneau claims CIFC title
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team was eerily silent as it filed into the Floyd Dryden Middle School band room Friday night.

Sports In Juneau
Friday, Sept. 28

Juneau spikers sweep pair in Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team took awhile to get going Friday night against the Sitka Wolves, but rallied to claim a 16-14, 15-1, 15-2 sweep to open the Region V-Class 4A season for both teams at Sitka High School.

Proposals filed to loosen up on beer, pot laws
Marijuana use would be legal and restrictions on beer makers would be lifted under proposed ballot measures filed with the state by separate groups.

Alaska teens aren't rushing to sign up
Recruiters are finding that the mood of teen-agers who might otherwise jump at the chance to serve their country is reflecting the general mood of the public after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11: They're scared and indecisive.

State Briefs
Copter landings comment deadline extended; Fetal alcohol syndrome summit scheduled

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