Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Questioning the airport remodel
The airport terminal master plan was estimated to cost more than $76 million in 2005. I wonder why remodeling our airport should cost more than building our new high school from the ground up. I propose that the remodel is excessive.

Better off with cavities than with communism
Lest anyone need anymore convincing about the evils of fluoridation, please consider the following quotes from Air Force Gen. Jack D. Ripper, from the film "Dr. Strangelove," 1964: "I only drink pure grain alcohol and rain water!"

Plenty of reasons to vote against fluoride
There are several reasons for not putting fluoride in Juneau's water system. First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended not giving fluoride to pregnant women and children under 6 months.

Alaskans should drink Alaska's milk
We should be crying over spilled milk. In fact, we should be bawling about the Matanuska Maid Dairy being sold. There is a nationwide trend to develop food resources within a 100-mile radius of one's home.

Rude customers should act grown up
I am a worried mother, so please hear me out. My son works in a hardware store here in Juneau and my daughter works in a gas station. Lately, they have been telling me about rude customers.

Wal-Mart falls victim to greed
I used to have one opinion about Wal-Mart until I caught an eye-opening expose on the Starz channel. Wal-Mart tends to monopolize and shut out small businesses, resist contributing to the communities and abuse workers in China, etc., all to provide Americans with these low prices.

Rejecting fluoride is our choice
In January 2007 the Juneau Assembly members voted to stop adding fluoride to our drinking water.

Why $46,000 to support fluoride?
According to their campaign report, the pro-fluoride group Citizens Promoting Dental Health has raised more than $46,000 to promote fluoridation, more than all other candidates and ballot groups combined.

A physician stands against fluoride
As a physician, I usually try to stay politically neutral, but the potential consequences of water fluoridation are too significant for me to stay silent. I have reviewed a number of studies on water fluoridation and find that the potential dental benefit is questionable at best for a very limited population.

Photo: Decked out
John Lager drills holes in a beam Monday to be used in the new wing of his Highland Drive home. Lager, a longtime shoe repairman, musician and all-around handyman, is building his home addition by himself. He started the project in July.

Randy Wanamaker emphasizes economic diversity in Juneau
For Juneau Assembly incumbent Randy Wanamaker, it's all about economic diversity.

Proponents say artificial turf fields are safer
Juneau voters will be asked on Oct. 2 whether to approve $3.9 million in general obligation bonds that will finance artificial turf ball fields.

Photo: Stunted growth
Dale Sams, a lineman for Alaska Electric Light and Power, cuts down an alder tree Monday next to Glacier Highway. The tree had grown into the power lines and had to be taken down for safety.

Assembly passes new panhandling ordinance
The Juneau Assembly approved a new panhandling ordinance Monday night that clarifies the time, place and ways people can panhandle after free speech issues were raised about the old ordinance.

Photo: Icebreaker on break
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy docked Monday at the Juneau waterfront. The 420-foot polar icebreaker, commanded by Capt. Ted Lindström, is the nation's newest and largest heavy icebreaker.

State employees, union officials discuss controversial contract
More than 100 members of the Juneau chapter of the Alaska State Employees Association gathered Tuesday at Centennial Hall for a discussion that included concerns with a state contract regarding wage increases that is under consideration.

Incumbent only candidate for District 1 Assembly seat
Juneau Assembly incumbent Jeff Bush realizes he's in a pretty enviable position.

Dixie Hood focuses on local interests, open government
The theme of Dixie Hood's campaign for the District 2 Assembly seat is focus on the public interest, not special interests.

Around Town

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

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

Around Town

Tenakee travels: A tribute to our sister
Our sister community, Tenakee, is a fascinating place.

Neighbors Digest
Alaska State Museum accepts entries for 'Bra-Dazzler' art exhibit; Juneau Dance Unlimited offers healthy eating presentation Oct. 3; JAHC announces next season program,'A World of Arts'; AEYC to sponsor aninfant-toddler careinformative session and more ...

Maxwell, Holt to wed
Teri Jeannette Maxwell, of Juneau, and Guy Flynn Holt, of Anchorage, will marry in a private ceremony on Sept. 29, 2007, in Juneau. Friends are welcome at a reception following at 4 p.m. at the Twisted Fish.

Photo: Fred Meyer Foundation funds after-school programs
The Learning Connection recently received a $20,000 grant from the Fred Meyer Foundation to help staff its after-school programs at multiple locations throughout Juneau.

If you benefit from Hospice and Home Care, thank a nurse
If you are ever a client of Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, you may see the occupational or physical therapist, chaplain, social worker or volunteer, but you'll almost certainly have contact with an ★★CJ registered nurse.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for making our cross country team's travel easier; Thanks for helping our seniors see the glacier

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Alan Gerard Kegler
Juneau resident Alan Gerard Kegler died Sept. 19, 2007, following a boating accident off the waters of Lincoln Island in Juneau. He was 58.

Cecil Diakanoff
Longtime Juneau resident Cecil William Diakanoff died Sept. 17, 2007, in Seattle. He was 85.

William M. Paulk Jr.
Juneau resident William "Bill" M. Paulk Jr. died Sept. 7, 2007, at Providence Alaska Hospital in Anchorage.

Sherman Brown
Former Juneau resident Sherman Brown died Sept. 21, 2007. He was 70.

My Turn: This is fluoridation? This is madness
Maybe you've read the Juneau Smiles folks' information pamphlet on why Juneau needs fluoride in our drinking water. Hopefully the following information will assist in better understanding this issue.

Empire editorial: A valley pool a good choice for all of Juneau
In a season in which people often can't step outside without drenching rain coming at them sideways, you'd think the last thing Juneau needs is another place to get wet.

My Turn: A former priest responds to charges
I'm writing to correct the false impression left by The Associated Press article, "Court rules former priest can take bar exam, despite allegations: Alaska man accused of abusing boy dismissed from priesthood in 2005," onSept. 23.

Empire editorial Dropouts aren't only ones saying, 'Who cares?'
Apathy, like so many of life's lessons, is learned at home by many Juneau students.

My Turn: Don't throw the baby teeth out with the bath water of fear
The people who will gain the most from a Yes vote on Proposition 2 on Oct. 2 are children. This is especially so for those among us whose families are poor and without access to doctors and dentists.

Ketchikan's Bell-Holter reportedly commits to Missouri State
Ketchikan center Damen Bell-Holter will reportedly play NCAA Division I basketball at Missouri State, the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader reported Tuesday.

Alaska High School Top 16 swimming and diving performances

Huge win keeps JDHS at No. 1
For the third straight week the Juneau-Douglas High School football team stayed on top of the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network prep poll.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Hawkeyes score five TDs in win over Huskies
The Hawkeyes found the end zone five times en route to a 36-20 victory over the Huskies in Juneau Youth Football League Junior Division action Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Ketchikan experiencing numerous nuisance bears
Erika Decker was surprised one recent afternoon when she opened the door to the deck of her Creek Street apartment.

UA program aims to aid rural vet care
A pilot program aimed at increasing the number of veterinary technicians in rural Alaska is going into full swing this fall.

Congressman aims to shoot down wolf control program
A California lawmaker presented a bill Tuesday designed to put an end to Alaska's aerial wolf control program under which hundreds of wolves have been killed.

Native group files suit against lawmaker
A Native corporation representing five Southwest Alaska villages is suing state Rep. Jay Ramras, saying the lawmaker was limiting free speech on the Pebble mine project and related legislation.

VECO polling assistance comes under scrutiny
The Alaska Public Offices Commission decided Monday to investigate whether VECO Corp. may have violated campaign finance rules by providing poll results to favored candidates without reporting the cost of the poll.

Alaska Digest
Juneau man charged with theft in robbery; Airport to meet onrenovation, design; Search under way for missing fisherman

Northwest Digest
School district to host bullying forum; Search for missing hiker suspended; Mount Ashland ski expansion blocked

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

UA foundation celebrates banner year
The University of Alaska Foundation had one of the highest amounts of donations in its history in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Closing arguments made in Kott trial
A former Alaska lawmaker on trial for bribery made drunken boasts about his legislative maneuvers on behalf of an oil field services company but did not sell his influence for bribes, his attorney said in closing arguments Monday.

Pete Kott convicted of Corruption
A federal jury Tuesday convicted a former Alaska lawmaker of three corruption charges, rejecting his claim that he worked closely with a major oil field services company on legislation that would benefit all Alaskans.

Legislators seek wider VECO probe
Two Anchorage legislators are asking the Alaska Public Offices Commission to continue to investigate VECO Corp. campaign contributions and pursue criminal charges if possible.

Man fatally shot by Anchorage police
Anchorage police fatally shot a man in a supermarket parking lot after he led them on a high-speed chase in a stolen Jeep Cherokee.

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