Thursday, September 27, 2007

Europe actually does fluoridate
There are so many rumors and half-truths floating around town, I feel it is my duty to counter at least one. I read in a letter to the editor that England and Europe are now either cutting back or have abandoned adding fluoride to the drinking water.

Propositions could prove costly
Proposition 3 - artificial turf fields - would require an annual tax levy of $12 per $100,000 of assessed property value. Proposition 4 - swimming pool - would require an annual tax levy of $34 per $100,000.

Kendziorek is a good egg and candidate
I keep thinking of the maxim we were told as kids - that it's awfully hard to put the omelet back into the shell once the egg is broken.

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

An ironic call for bleach in our drinking water
Those who feel it's their right to decide what's in my toilet, washing machine, shower and kitchen sink think it's their right to decide what I drink - because they want to protect my teeth. Get a life.

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.

Setting Perseverance's record straight
I shook my head in disbelief upon reading PJ Paparelli's assertion that Perseverance Theatre had a 30 percent attendance prior to him coming aboard.

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.

Vote yes on Proposition 2
What is the only thing crazier than doing the same thing over and over again, hoping to achieve different results? The only thing crazier is finding what does work, benefiting from it for decades, and then deciding to stop. That is what Juneau has done.

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.

State does not provide fluoride tablets
In the community discussion about the upcoming vote on fluoridation of Juneau's city water, misinformation is being circulated that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Juneau Public Health Center can provide fluoride tablets for free to all who want them.

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!"

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.

Choose freedom from fluoride
With all due respect to the local and national dental trade associations, I believe their position for compulsory fluoridation is misguided. I agree that assisted cavity prevention is a legitimate public health concern for a part of the population.

Fluoridating water strengthens teeth
The debate about fluoride got me thinking about other dangerous chemicals in our modern world.

Let's build the new Mendenhall Valley pool
Being a parent of swim club and high school swimmers in the Juneau community for the last eight years, I support a second pool in Juneau. I was very involved in the last pool effort, and it is good to see that many of the recreational components of the last pool effort are included in this new pool.

Areawide Assembly candidate: Alexandar bills himself a change candidate; says capital creep top issue
As a clinician at Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc., Alexandar has dealt with problems posed by substance abusers and the mentally ill. He says he also sees problems with Juneau and is running for the areawide Assembly seat in an attempt to fix those problems.

Doll, Kerttula will run for re-election
Juneau's two Democratic state legislators say they'll be running for re-election in 2008.

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

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

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.

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.

Areawide Assembly candidate: Incumbent says affordable housing issue needs long-term perspective
Areawide Assembly incumbent Johan Dybdahl said his Tlingit perspective, grounding in Native culture and 60-year residency in Southeast Alaska have benefited him during his one Assembly term and will hopefully see him through his 2007 re-election bid.

Around Town

Photo: Urban art
Jason Christopher Holtfreter paints a mural Wednesday at the Pipeline Skate Park. Holtfreter, an artist from California, expected to complete his mural, "Subject Alive," by Wednesday night. He also painted a mural at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

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

Around Town

Herring raise concerns for Kensington Mine
Coeur Alaska responded to a decision by federal scientists to look into whether Lynn Canal herring are threatened or endangered, saying that such a listing could have "significant impacts to critical aspects of the Kensington project."

Sides wait for voters' decision on fluoridation
Voters will be asked Oct. 2 whether they want fluoride returned to community water supplies in a ballot measure that appears to be the most debated issue in this year's city election.

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.

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.

Areawide Assembly candidate: Kendziorek says technology will help Juneau keep the capital
Areawide Juneau Assembly candidate Marshal Kendziorek said he's proud of his background in science and hopes it's the edge that will win him the 2007 race.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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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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.

Gerald Daniel Patrick Cashen
Former Juneau resident Gerald Daniel Patrick Cashen died Sept. 18, 2007, with his children at his side at his daughter Colleen's home on Camano Island, Wash. He was 88.

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

Tips for keeping our political house clean
"To see politics come to this shambles was very disheartening," juror Susan Pollard told the Anchorage Daily News this week after the jury found former state Rep. Pete Kott guilty of federal bribery, extortion and conspiracy charges.

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: Politicians cause trouble in Bristol Bay
Alaskans should feel proud of our current high environmental standards for natural resource development.

My Turn: Harsh treatment helps discourages future candidates
Im getting pretty discouraged with whats going on in the investigations of our legislators. As I see it, the main result will probably be to discourage anybody from ever wanting to run for the Legislature, most of all the people who actually want to help the rest of us.

Empire editorial: Artificial turf field is a luxury, not necessity
Of the four proposed bond measures on next Tuesday's city ballot, the one calling for $3.9 million for artificial turf for two Juneau ball fields is by far the least important relative to community needs, at least in the immediate short term.

JDHS gets 2nd shot at Palmer
For the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams, there was no talk of revenge or vindication as they prepared for Saturday's Alaska School Activities Association Cross Country Championships in Palmer.

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

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.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

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.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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

Agrium fertilizer plant to shut down
Fertilizer maker Agrium Inc. said it will close its Kenai nitrogen fertilizer operations, laying off 100 employees.

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.

APOC looks for options to enforce campaign rules
The Alaska Public Offices Commission expects its investigation into illegal polling to be productive and useful, the agency's executive director said Wednesday.

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.

U.S., Canada practice spill response on maritime border
The U.S.-Canada maritime border runs along the center of the canal as it winds its long and narrow passage from Portland Inlet to the Hyder-Stewart area.

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

Alaska Digest
Douglas artist wins $5,000 prize at show; Turning the Tides holds logo contest; Alaska students' test scores improve; Search for missing fisherman called off; Walrus rehabilitating at SeaLife center; UAF gets grant for look at Native health

Alaska SeaLife Center diver dies in training
A diver with the Alaska SeaLife Center died during a scientific training session in Resurrection Bay.

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