Word of Mouth

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 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.

For the duration of the local election campaign, Word of Mouth will not print comments pro or con about specific candidates or propositions. Such comments may be submitted as letters to the editor and may be faxed (586-3028), hand-delivered (3100 Channel Drive), mailed or e-mailed (letterstotheeditor@ juneau empire.com). Letters are welcome and will be published on a space-available basis. They should identify the writer and provide a phone number and address.

I understand that Alaska Airlines sent Craig Nelson to Seattle at absolutely no cost to him. I think that's wonderful.

I'd like to give a deep-hearted thanks to the police officers who go in danger of their lives everyday. I'd like to thank them for their wonderful work taking care of the problem bears. Through their hard work and dedication nobody has been mauled or killed.

I love the new road surface, thank you very much.

I've been looking at the movie section for about two months now, trying to take my 9-year-old son to a movie. Every time I look there's R-rated movies and PG-13 movies. Wouldn't it be nice, now that the fall weather is here, to be able to take your children to a Saturday matinee? I sure wish Gross Alaska would get the message and bring some kids movies to town.

I recently took a taxi from the airport to my house and we got to a stop light and the meter was still rolling. I'd just like everyone to know that if the meter is still going when you stop, that means they're charging you for time and not mileage.

True, but that's the way taxi fares are calculated almost everywhere in the world. - Editor

If you think that money will solve all our education problems, then maybe people need to start writing letters to the President. He's been giving away billions to other countries.

True, but Congress and presidents have approved foreign aid for many decades. - Editor

I live in the trailer court just off the main road, and despite the speed limit signs and the children playing signs, people still speed on the back roads. They need to stop before somebody gets hurt.

To the person who called in about the stores not being open on Saturday, if you shopped with our local businesses downtown at other times of the year, we wouldn't be forced to put things at 50 percent off and we could afford to stay open longer.

Who sets the cruise ship schedules? Why is the season starting earlier and ending later each year? The public should have a say in this. Every year I wait for the quiet to return so I can enjoy the outdoors in those forbidden commercial use areas. And I am pushed more toward winter every year.

You could raise the driving age to 30 and you'd still have the hard-core old drunks on the road.

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