Monday, September 24, 2007

Water fluoridation, cancer, 'funky teeth'
The article in My Turn: "Fluoride beneficial, despite distorted arguments" has some distortions itself.

California will come to Alaska's rescue
The letter to the editor "Cease Fire ..." on Sept. 14 is a classic example of a lifelong Alaskan who thinks Alaska won't survive without Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young.

Why the warning on toothpaste?
For all the people advocating that fluoride in our water system is safe, I would like to ask the question, "Why, with fluoride being the only active ingredient in toothpaste, does my toothpaste container have a warning to keep it out of reach of children under 6 years of age ...

Good fluo-riddance
Wow. Fluoride is good for us to have in our drinking water, say some. Oh, let's not stop there. If dental professionals can have so much influence on what we should or shouldn't be sipping at the water fountain, then other professionals should be allowed some input as well.

Good fluo-riddance
Wow. Fluoride is good for us to have in our drinking water, say some. Oh, let's not stop there. If dental professionals can have so much influence on what we should or shouldn't be sipping at the water fountain, then other professionals should be allowed some input as well.

Freedom or not
The country where I grew up, Denmark, had and still has a lot of regulations.

More honey, less vinegar
What ever happened to civil discourse? Regardless of your opinion about Wal-Mart, mining, fluoride, cruise ships, the road out of Juneau, corruption in the Legislature, global warming, English grammar (particularly the use of the apostrophe), lethal force by police officers or the war in Iraq, please try to refrain from name-calling or invective.

Know the costs of fluoridation
A recent letter to the editor promoted the cost benefits of putting fluoride in our water supply. I would like to present a different view.

On burning porcupines, Wal-Mart economics
My thanks to Jamal Kennedy and his letter of Sept. 17. It opened my eyes. I never thought I was a "neo-hippy." I thought I was a registered Republican who thought of another Clinton presidency in the same category of enjoyment as giving birth to a burning porcupine.

Halt when you see school-bus stop sign
School time has rolled around once more; this means there are many school buses on the road again.

Correction

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers.

Around Town

Photo: Evidence that fall has come
A car along Basin Road shows signs of the changing of seasons Sunday as it collects cottonwood, mountain ash and alder leaves.

School Board candidate: Bell-Graves promotes vocational education
JoAnne Bell-Graves said her commitment to her young son kept her from running for the Juneau School Board when people asked her to in the past. But after she got a few calls urging her to run this time, her son, now in high school, told her, "go for it mom."

Police & Fire
Juneau police reported

Pool advocates float new deal
Two years after a $28.5 million plan to build a pool in Mendenhall Valley failed in a vote of the people, proponents of a new pool are back with what they say is a better plan that will cost half as much.

Flouride opponents host dental expert at talks
Opponents of adding fluoride to Juneau's water supply ramped up their offensive last week, bringing in a national expert to lecture Thursday and Friday nights to drive home their point that fluoride is dangerous to the human body.

Photo: Socrates on trial
Natalia Salkina, center, and Svetlana Nazarova, right, both prosecutors from Khabakovsk, Russia, and their interpreter Denis Kovakev watch the mock trial of Socrates at the Dimond Courthouse on Friday.

Photos: On the run
More than 50 motorcycles line Franklin Street on Sunday during the Bob Valliant Memorial Toy Run. The event collects toys for children receiving treatment at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

School Board candidate: Sargeant says she'd work for student, family choice
At the top of Destiny Sargeant's list of priorities is choice - for students and for parents. The Juneau School Board candidate spent six months on the committee planning for Juneau's new themed-based high school curriculum, called "Next Generation."

Around Town

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John D. Magers
Juneau resident John D. Magers died Sept. 9, 2007, at home after a lengthy battle with liver disease. He was 65.

Empire editorial: Vote yes on Proposition 5
A reminder that people used to regularly carry guns into one of Juneau's elementary schools shows just how much times have changed.

Empire editorial: Support extension of Juneau sales tax
Each year, Juneau sees about a million "reasons" to extend the temporary 1 percent sales tax.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Keep Juneau's water fluoride-free
One of our many privileges here in Southeast Alaska is access to an abundance of pure and excellent fresh water. I'm happy to enjoy this water straight from the tap without added fluoride.

My turn: Sound science favors water fluoridation
Choice involves the anticipatory idea of several possible actions and reactions. Our current personal and community decision-making about the initiative to fluoridate Juneau's community water supply suggests this is critically so.

Photos: Shooting for a good time
When these Juneau residents finished up with their six-shooters and one rare, black-powder rifle, they ambled back to the mess table for stew.

Mysterious slime molds rare in Southeast
Despite their unattractive name, slime molds can be beautiful, and they are certainly among the most peculiar organisms in the world. More than 17 species have been recorded for northerly parts of Alaska, in both forest and tundra, but the total for our state is apparently unknown.

Outdoors women grab opportunity to bag a moose
Walking lightly down a trail lined with blazing yellow birch trees, Don Cameron stopped. He looked around, straining to hear or see signs of life in the woods to his left. He turned to look behind him, down the path. Nothing.

Reduce, reuse and recycle to save the Pacific Ocean
Let's start with the good news: There are many things that can be done to reduce the amount of plastic garbage, and every bit counts.

Out &About

Practice pays off for Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team discovered that hard work in practice can pay off nicely in a game situation over the weekend.

Ling's win sparks JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team showed it can play with some of Anchorage's top teams over the weekend.

Southeast Conference Cross Country Championships Results

A single wing and a prayer
With Friday's game against West Valley well in hand, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team played some old-school football in the fourth quarter.

JDHS girls swim team wins easily in Petersburg
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams finished up their third Southeast Conference meet of the season over the weekend in Petersburg.

Juneau-Douglas cruises to seventh straight win
An aggressive West Valley defense gave Juneau-Douglas High School a chance to work on its passing game Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Haines' boys, girls roll to small-school regional championships
Juneau-Douglas High School's Hunter Brown may have won the Southeast Conference Class 4A boys cross-country title Saturday in Sitka, but that doesn't mean he was the fastest on the course.

Pavitt Health & Fitness 10K and 1-mile race resultsa
Pavitt Health & Fitness 10K and 1-mile races

Results: Southeast Conference Cross Country 1-2-3A Championships

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

JDHS boys, girls earn SE Conference titles
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country team started fast and finished strong en route to a pair of Southeast Conference championships Saturday in Sitka.

Photo: Cub cage
A brown bear cub named Chaik looks through its cage at the Fortress of the Bear on Thursday in Sitka. After four attempts, the bear was captured on Killisnoo Island near Angoon by Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Phil Mooney. The orphaned cub joins a sibling at the private zoo that was caught in August.

Campaign finance bill seeks to bolster regulatory agency
An Anchorage senator said Friday he'll introduce legislation extending the statute of limitations on campaign finance law violations.

Feds may have to reimburse marijuana grower
A Fairbanks man whose marijuana growing operation was disbanded in the early 1990s is poised to be reimbursed for property confiscated by the federal government.

Alaska Digest
Teen dies after shooting at home; Natural causes ruled out in prison death; Troopers release names of plane crash victims

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Duckling a hope for Steller's eiders
Maybe it was the private room with soft moss for nesting. Maybe it was the duck penthouse about 8 inches off the ground to simulate the raised ridges upon which Steller's eiders like to breed in arctic Alaska.

Court rules former priest can take bar exam, despite allegations
A former Alaska priest who was accused of sexually abusing a boy will be allowed to take the Iowa bar examination, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

'Into the Wild' a marketing puzzle for state
As the film version of "Into the Wild" opens in movie theaters, tourism officials and local leaders in Alaska face a challenge.

Bail set for man charged with killing Anchorage teen in 1994
The mother of Anchorage murder victim Bonnie Craig got her first look at the man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing her 18-year-old daughter 13 years ago.

Feds may have to reimburse marijuana grower
A Fairbanks man whose marijuana growing operation was disbanded in the early 1990s is poised to be reimbursed for property confiscated by the federal government.

Cowdery skips session, critics not satisfied
A decision by Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, to skip October's special session on oil taxes isn't satisfying some critics.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Alaska Digest
Man found deadon Teal Street, 13th annual Toy Run to take place today, Coast Guard suspends search for Juneau man, Viral illness hits infants in Northwest Alaska, Anchorage man dies after Fla. plane crash, Car crashes on Egan Drive Saturday evening, Footprints found in search for missing hiker

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