Friday, September 29, 2000

Officials probe ferry sinking in Greece
PAROS, Greece - As investigators sought to unravel why a ferry sank and killed at least 66 people, questions were raised today about the age and safety of the coastal fleet that carries tourists to Greece's holiday islands.

Study: More U.S. women receiving inappropriate breast cancer treatment
LONDON - The proportion of women with early-stage breast cancer receiving incorrect treatment in the United States has nearly doubled in the 1990s, increasing from 12 percent in 1989 to 22 percent by 1995, a new study says. The reason is the growing popularity of lumpectomy, where doctors cut out only the cancerous part of the breast instead of removing the whole breast, and the failure of some doctors to carry out important follow-up treatments, said the study, published this week in The Lancet medical journal.

Officials probe ferry sinking in Greece
PAROS, Greece - As investigators sought to unravel why a ferry sank and killed at least 66 people, questions were raised today about the age and safety of the coastal fleet that carries tourists to Greece's holiday islands.

Study: More U.S. women receiving inappropriate breast cancer treatment
LONDON - The proportion of women with early-stage breast cancer receiving incorrect treatment in the United States has nearly doubled in the 1990s, increasing from 12 percent in 1989 to 22 percent by 1995, a new study says. The reason is the growing popularity of lumpectomy, where doctors cut out only the cancerous part of the breast instead of removing the whole breast, and the failure of some doctors to carry out important follow-up treatments, said the study, published this week in The Lancet medical journal.

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Weddings

Living and growing
On March 26, 2000, Seattle's famed Kingdome -- home of Seattle's Seahawks, Mariners, and at times, the Super Sonics -- was destroyed. Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Incorporation was hired to do the job of imploding the 25,000-ton structure that had marked Seattle's skyline for two dozen years.

AROUND TOWN

Best Bets
The final weekend of September brings some good music to Juneau and heralds the start of a season filled with good entertainment.

AROUND TOWN

FYI

AROUND TOWN

Thank you

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Living and growing
On March 26, 2000, Seattle's famed Kingdome -- home of Seattle's Seahawks, Mariners, and at times, the Super Sonics -- was destroyed. Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Incorporation was hired to do the job of imploding the 25,000-ton structure that had marked Seattle's skyline for two dozen years.

FYI

Best Bets
The final weekend of September brings some good music to Juneau and heralds the start of a season filled with good entertainment.

AROUND TOWN

Thank you

Weddings

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Theater Review
"Wit," at one level, is a juxtaposition between the medical and academic worlds, complete with their world views, foibles and jargon. The heroine is a professor whose area of expertise is John Donne the most convoluted, esoteric poet ever to tax an undergraduate brain. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D. (Anita Maynard-Losh) is an uncompromising, prickly academic who is dying of ovarian cancer.

Pioneer of New Age music to perform in capital city
Pianist and composer David Lanz has been a key player in the genre of New Age music since the term was first coined in the early 1980s. With more than 15 albums to his credit, his compositions have been some of the genre's biggest hits.

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Theater Review
"Wit," at one level, is a juxtaposition between the medical and academic worlds, complete with their world views, foibles and jargon. The heroine is a professor whose area of expertise is John Donne the most convoluted, esoteric poet ever to tax an undergraduate brain. Vivian Bearing, Ph.D. (Anita Maynard-Losh) is an uncompromising, prickly academic who is dying of ovarian cancer.

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Artist who defies age
At an age when many folks have been retired for more than a dozen years, Juneau painter Rie Munoz, 79, is still going strong.

Arts Profile
Heaton

Pioneer of New Age music to perform in capital city
Pianist and composer David Lanz has been a key player in the genre of New Age music since the term was first coined in the early 1980s. With more than 15 albums to his credit, his compositions have been some of the genre's biggest hits.

Arts Profile
Heaton

Artist who defies age
At an age when many folks have been retired for more than a dozen years, Juneau painter Rie Munoz, 79, is still going strong.

Bond would pay to patch schools
A vote Tuesday for school bonds could disappoint some crows, but it would remove the water buckets from classrooms, take the cracks out of gym floors and move Floyd Dryden Middle School out of the 1970s.

Farmer out of mayor's race
Mark Farmer withdrew from the Juneau mayor's race today and threw his support to candidate Sally Smith.

Fast ferry makes demo run
A demonstration run of a fast ferry between Juneau and Sitka on Thursday showed the vessel could make the trip in the advertised four hours each way and navigate Sergius Narrows with minimal discomfort for passengers.

Prop. 4 gives residents chance to change charter
Ballot Proposition 4 asks Juneau voters if they want to bring into existence a commission to look at the city charter and, possibly, to recommend changes.

Farmer out of mayor's race
Mark Farmer withdrew from the Juneau mayor's race today and threw his support to candidate Sally Smith.

Boy injured in crash slowly recovering
Jeremy Nelson, the 9-year-old pedestrian injured in a rollover accident Sunday, remains in a drug-induced coma in a Seattle hospital, his mother said.

Parsons' ties in question
Mayoral candidate Jamie Parsons serves as an advisor to Holland America Line, Alaska Airlines and Key Bank - roles he says he never considered to be conflicts of interest as a candidate or elected official.

Suit aims to hold up phone competition
Juneau is on the verge of being approved for competition in local phone service.

Bond would pay to patch schools
A vote Tuesday for school bonds could disappoint some crows, but it would remove the water buckets from classrooms, take the cracks out of gym floors and move Floyd Dryden Middle School out of the 1970s.

CORRECTION
Due to a reporting error, the name of Boardwalk Bight was spelled "Bite" in Wednesday's Empire.

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Juneau Color
Susan Horst has looked at life from both sides now.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Capital city woman joins cancer walk
Staci Stevens of Juneau is the only Alaskan participating in a 60-mile California walk to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Candidate's accusations anger, embarrass others
Responding to criticism about "vicious" comments made at a candidate forum, mayoral hopeful Patty Zimmerman today said her remarks must have been misunderstood by the audience.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Parsons' ties in question
Mayoral candidate Jamie Parsons serves as an advisor to Holland America Line, Alaska Airlines and Key Bank - roles he says he never considered to be conflicts of interest as a candidate or elected official.

Farmer's withdrawal reshapes city race
The remaining mayoral candidates are now paying more attention, says ex-candidate Mark Farmer which was the point.

Web site becomes 1 man's effort to ease bear trouble
Photographer Pat Costello is putting his Web site where his mouth is, taking a stand on Juneau's bears.

Fast ferry makes demo run
A demonstration run of a fast ferry between Juneau and Sitka on Thursday showed the vessel could make the trip in the advertised four hours each way and navigate Sergius Narrows with minimal discomfort for passengers.

Princess plugs in to cut smoke
Princess Cruises intends to reduce its air emissions in Juneau by plugging into city power while its big ships are in port.

CORRECTION
Due to a reporting error, the name of Boardwalk Bight was spelled "Bite" in Wednesday's Empire.

Knowles sets deadline for cruise lines
Gov. Tony Knowles has set Nov. 13 for cruise industry officials to meet in his Capitol office to discuss pollution problems with their ships.

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Knowles sets deadline for cruise lines
Gov. Tony Knowles has set Nov. 13 for cruise industry officials to meet in his Capitol office to discuss pollution problems with their ships.

Juneau Color
Susan Horst has looked at life from both sides now.

Princess plugs in to cut smoke
Princess Cruises intends to reduce its air emissions in Juneau by plugging into city power while its big ships are in port.

Capital city woman joins cancer walk
Staci Stevens of Juneau is the only Alaskan participating in a 60-mile California walk to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Candidate's accusations anger, embarrass others
Responding to criticism about "vicious" comments made at a candidate forum, mayoral hopeful Patty Zimmerman today said her remarks must have been misunderstood by the audience.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Web site becomes 1 man's effort to ease bear trouble
Photographer Pat Costello is putting his Web site where his mouth is, taking a stand on Juneau's bears.

Suit aims to hold up phone competition
Juneau is on the verge of being approved for competition in local phone service.

Farmer's withdrawal reshapes city race
The remaining mayoral candidates are now paying more attention, says ex-candidate Mark Farmer which was the point.

Boy injured in crash slowly recovering
Jeremy Nelson, the 9-year-old pedestrian injured in a rollover accident Sunday, remains in a drug-induced coma in a Seattle hospital, his mother said.

Prop. 4 gives residents chance to change charter
Ballot Proposition 4 asks Juneau voters if they want to bring into existence a commission to look at the city charter and, possibly, to recommend changes.

POLICE AND FIRE
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported...

Letters
The headline in Sunday's Empire boldly proclaimed "Road-Ferry Vote a Matter of Politics." That's right. And that's why if you want a road out of Juneau, it's critical you vote for it on Tuesday.

Letters
I'm a JDHS student and I support the ice rink because of all the people I know say that Juneau is boring.

Letters
I am a junior at JDHS and am writing in regard to the new road proposal for the upcoming elections. Besides the fact that the cost to build and maintain a road would be great and the danger of avalanches would be high, I oppose the road for other reasons. I have lived in Juneau all of my life and feel that our isolation is something that makes us unique. The fact that we are so isolated makes traveling even more special.

Letters
Marc Wheeler is no more a conservationist than I am an environmentalist. I've noticed some of the Juneau Empire, Anchorage Daily News and TV reporters often confuse these terms when referring to groups or individuals associated with environmental causes.

Letters
When I first heard of the idea to build a road out of Juneau, I thought it was a great idea. My thinking was focused on easier access to and from Juneau. I didn't take into consideration all the factors that must be considered if a road was to be built. Now, the idea of building a road out of Juneau isn't quite as glamorous as I thought.

Word of Mouth
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.

Letters
Juneau has had a couple of flightseeing-free days in the past week, and the silence has been deafening. The contrast in quality of life at my home on North Douglas could not be more pronounced. I have been keenly anticipating the end of the 2000 tourist season since early summer. This anticipation is due entirely to the constant din of helicopter and fixed-wing traffic that blankets the residential and business corridors during daylight hours. Tourist-related air traffic has shown steady and significant growth during my five years in Juneau. I hear the "Juneau din" in my home and at work. I hear it while hiking on the local trails. I am saddened to see the tourist season covering a larger portion of the calendar with each successive season. The local citizens can no longer claim any portion of the fairer months for their own.

My turn
Never in Alaska's history as a state has a governor (not Govs. Egan, Hickel, Miller, Hammond, Sheffield, or Cowper ) publicly inserted himself in a local political issue. In planning our advocacy for a pro-road vote, we decided to make as little mention of Gov. Knowles' actions as possible and to take the high road in the campaign. We didn't, and don't, want feelings about the governor, whatever he has done, to be mixed up in this Juneau debate. This is a local issue and should be left to we locals to settle.

Letters
I recently experienced a life-threatening medical emergency. The EMTs who responded to the 911 call saved my life. The dedication, skill and compassion they exhibited has made a lasting impression on me. I have a new appreciation for the services provided by police dispatchers, police officers and emergency medical personnel.

Letters
Over the years, plenty of mean-spirited and irrational letters have surfaced in the Letters to the Editor column of the Juneau Empire (and the latest practice of publishing cowardly, anonymous sniping and ranting in the Word of Mouth column has intensified this trend), but the letter by Kimberly Ryan deserves some sort of special award.

Letters
Marc Wheeler is no more a conservationist than I am an environmentalist. I've noticed some of the Juneau Empire, Anchorage Daily News and TV reporters often confuse these terms when referring to groups or individuals associated with environmental causes.

Reno, FBI fumbling for an explanation
This editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis Freeh insist the prosecution of Wen Ho Lee was correctly handled at every stage. In their testimony before congressional committees, they argued that his indictment on charges that could have resulted in life imprisonment was reasonable and could have won conviction on every count. It was reasonable then to hold him without bail. But after nine months of coercive detention, it was also right to settle the case for no jail time beyond what the former Los Alamos scientist had served. The nation's top law-enforcement officers can't have it all ways at once.

Campaign finance reform worth trying
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Proposals to contain the corrupting influence of campaign money have a way of surfacing when politicians see advantage in them, and then fading before anything gets done. Bill Clinton loved to grandstand on the issue, even as he stopped at nothing to fill his campaign coffers and never put serious pressure on Congress to pass a reform bill. Al Gore called for campaign finance overhaul back in March, hoping to woo the independents who had flocked to Sen. John McCain in the primaries.

Letters
Will the Empire ever stop treating Mark Farmer as a second-class candidate? He's a Coast Guard veteran, one of America's top military-aviation photojournalists, a cancer survivor and the only mayoral candidate who seems able to answer direct questions, but your selective reporting continues to marginalize him.

Letters
My wife and I went to the Perseverance Thursday night. When I got home I read Michael Christensen's review of the play "Wit" in the Empire. He got it right. Anyone who realizes that his or her own future might just possibly, sooner or later, involve progressive illness, loss of important parts of our daily lives, and death should see this show. That should be nearly everybody.

Reno, FBI fumbling for an explanation
This editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Attorney General Janet Reno and FBI Director Louis Freeh insist the prosecution of Wen Ho Lee was correctly handled at every stage. In their testimony before congressional committees, they argued that his indictment on charges that could have resulted in life imprisonment was reasonable and could have won conviction on every count. It was reasonable then to hold him without bail. But after nine months of coercive detention, it was also right to settle the case for no jail time beyond what the former Los Alamos scientist had served. The nation's top law-enforcement officers can't have it all ways at once.

Letters
We are writing in support of Proposition 2. We support this temporary 1 percent sales tax because, as physicians who care for patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital, we are aware of the importance of a modern, well-equipped hospital to our community.

My turn
Never in Alaska's history as a state has a governor (not Govs. Egan, Hickel, Miller, Hammond, Sheffield, or Cowper ) publicly inserted himself in a local political issue. In planning our advocacy for a pro-road vote, we decided to make as little mention of Gov. Knowles' actions as possible and to take the high road in the campaign. We didn't, and don't, want feelings about the governor, whatever he has done, to be mixed up in this Juneau debate. This is a local issue and should be left to we locals to settle.

Letters
As a third-year high school student at JDHS, I am concerned with Proposition 3 on the upcoming ballot. Though I will be graduating with the class of 2002 (granted I pass the "exit exam") there are important issues that are being overlooked by these bonds, and will have a great impact on future high school students.

Word of Mouth
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.

Letters
I appreciated the spirit of Bob Deering's thoughtful comments the other day regarding how to better spend the half-billion dollars it will ultimately cost for our 65 miles of asphalt to Skagway. But what absurd suggestions! Second crossing to Douglas Island? Light rail? Schools? Ports? Museums? Theaters?

Campaign finance reform worth trying
The following editorial appeared in today's Washington Post: Proposals to contain the corrupting influence of campaign money have a way of surfacing when politicians see advantage in them, and then fading before anything gets done. Bill Clinton loved to grandstand on the issue, even as he stopped at nothing to fill his campaign coffers and never put serious pressure on Congress to pass a reform bill. Al Gore called for campaign finance overhaul back in March, hoping to woo the independents who had flocked to Sen. John McCain in the primaries.

Letters
The Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are documents which define us as Americans. We are not defined by race, religion, language, ethnicity, or national origin. We are defined by common commitments to the ideals contained in those documents. We are held together by our shared beliefs in such values as liberty, equality, and justice.

Editor's Note
A letter from an Anchorage reader in Wednesday's Empire incorrectly said the Juneau School Board made reciting the Pledge of Allegiance optional for students. In fact, and as the Empire reported at the time, it is state law that makes reciting the pledge optional.

Letters
Kathleen Monahan would like to know who has "forced" candidates to spend large sums of money to get elected to local office. I think I can answer her question.

Letters
The headline in Sunday's Empire boldly proclaimed "Road-Ferry Vote a Matter of Politics." That's right. And that's why if you want a road out of Juneau, it's critical you vote for it on Tuesday.

Letters
I'm a JDHS student and I support the ice rink because of all the people I know say that Juneau is boring.

Letters
Regarding Karla Hart's response to a My Turn I wrote, our (Wings of Alaska Airlines) expenses are accrued based on revenue flight hours and charged to the month the flights actually occur. All aircraft expenses for downtown and other summer operations are accrued by Sept. 30 even though the actual maintenance, insurance, lease and capital costs may occur during the winter. The winter cash outlay exceeds well over $1 million, but only the $460,000 loss stated is associated with winter operations.

Editor's Note
A letter from an Anchorage reader in Wednesday's Empire incorrectly said the Juneau School Board made reciting the Pledge of Allegiance optional for students. In fact, and as the Empire reported at the time, it is state law that makes reciting the pledge optional.

Letters
My wife and I went to the Perseverance Thursday night. When I got home I read Michael Christensen's review of the play "Wit" in the Empire. He got it right. Anyone who realizes that his or her own future might just possibly, sooner or later, involve progressive illness, loss of important parts of our daily lives, and death should see this show. That should be nearly everybody.

Letters
Regarding Karla Hart's response to a My Turn I wrote, our (Wings of Alaska Airlines) expenses are accrued based on revenue flight hours and charged to the month the flights actually occur. All aircraft expenses for downtown and other summer operations are accrued by Sept. 30 even though the actual maintenance, insurance, lease and capital costs may occur during the winter. The winter cash outlay exceeds well over $1 million, but only the $460,000 loss stated is associated with winter operations.

letters
We really need someone like Dan Peterson on our school board. He's attended the Juneau School District for 13 years and is now a senior attending JDHS. He's been in the district long enough to know first hand the problems and issues that are facing our schools today. Dan also supports the building of a new high school and renovation of JDHS. As another student attending JDHS, I desperately think we need to build a new high school. The halls are crowded with people pushing their way from class to class, garbage cans are scattered about catching water that leaks from the ceiling, and the building needs to be painted.

letters
We really need someone like Dan Peterson on our school board. He's attended the Juneau School District for 13 years and is now a senior attending JDHS. He's been in the district long enough to know first hand the problems and issues that are facing our schools today. Dan also supports the building of a new high school and renovation of JDHS. As another student attending JDHS, I desperately think we need to build a new high school. The halls are crowded with people pushing their way from class to class, garbage cans are scattered about catching water that leaks from the ceiling, and the building needs to be painted.

Letters
Juneau has had a couple of flightseeing-free days in the past week, and the silence has been deafening. The contrast in quality of life at my home on North Douglas could not be more pronounced. I have been keenly anticipating the end of the 2000 tourist season since early summer. This anticipation is due entirely to the constant din of helicopter and fixed-wing traffic that blankets the residential and business corridors during daylight hours. Tourist-related air traffic has shown steady and significant growth during my five years in Juneau. I hear the "Juneau din" in my home and at work. I hear it while hiking on the local trails. I am saddened to see the tourist season covering a larger portion of the calendar with each successive season. The local citizens can no longer claim any portion of the fairer months for their own.

Letters
I respect the truth and people who can be counted upon to tell it.

Letters
I respect the truth and people who can be counted upon to tell it.

Letters
I've lived in Juneau for four years, which may not qualify me for an opinion on the road issue. But I did grow up in a rural, isolated town where the Road Agent was the most powerful person in town. He built or improved a road when and where he wanted. But even our infamous road warrior was called upon to justify his public works in economic terms.

Letters
We are writing in support of Proposition 2. We support this temporary 1 percent sales tax because, as physicians who care for patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital, we are aware of the importance of a modern, well-equipped hospital to our community.

Letters
I disagree with the idea of stopping all tourist flightseeing after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays. I believe that if we stop the flightseeing on Saturdays we are not being fair to the people who visit on that day. Just because they get here on one certain day doesn't mean they shouldn't enjoy the beautiful scenery around Juneau. It isn't really their choice what day they come to Juneau and they should have the same choice of activities as everyone else.

Letters
I've lived in Juneau for four years, which may not qualify me for an opinion on the road issue. But I did grow up in a rural, isolated town where the Road Agent was the most powerful person in town. He built or improved a road when and where he wanted. But even our infamous road warrior was called upon to justify his public works in economic terms.

Letters
It seems that so often when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, "liberty and justice for all" is forgotten and instead we focus on "I pledge" and "under God." We forget what is being given to us in return for our pledge: liberty and justice. How can we fail to hold up our end of the bargain but still accept free education, a Permanent Fund check, and all the rights listed in the Constitution? Yet even as we refuse to say the pledge, the United States continues to hold up its end of the bargain, and we continue to accept it. It's not hard to conclude that something's not right.

Letters
I am a junior at JDHS and am writing in regard to the new road proposal for the upcoming elections. Besides the fact that the cost to build and maintain a road would be great and the danger of avalanches would be high, I oppose the road for other reasons. I have lived in Juneau all of my life and feel that our isolation is something that makes us unique. The fact that we are so isolated makes traveling even more special.

Letters
As a voter in next Tuesday's election, I would like to know if PeggyAnn McConnochie agrees with Errol Champion's attack on Mark Wheeler and SEACC in the Tuesday night letters to the editor.

Letters
I disagree with the idea of stopping all tourist flightseeing after 5 p.m. and on Saturdays. I believe that if we stop the flightseeing on Saturdays we are not being fair to the people who visit on that day. Just because they get here on one certain day doesn't mean they shouldn't enjoy the beautiful scenery around Juneau. It isn't really their choice what day they come to Juneau and they should have the same choice of activities as everyone else.

Letters
When I first heard of the idea to build a road out of Juneau, I thought it was a great idea. My thinking was focused on easier access to and from Juneau. I didn't take into consideration all the factors that must be considered if a road was to be built. Now, the idea of building a road out of Juneau isn't quite as glamorous as I thought.

Letters
As a third-year high school student at JDHS, I am concerned with Proposition 3 on the upcoming ballot. Though I will be graduating with the class of 2002 (granted I pass the "exit exam") there are important issues that are being overlooked by these bonds, and will have a great impact on future high school students.

Letters
Will the Empire ever stop treating Mark Farmer as a second-class candidate? He's a Coast Guard veteran, one of America's top military-aviation photojournalists, a cancer survivor and the only mayoral candidate who seems able to answer direct questions, but your selective reporting continues to marginalize him.

Letters
It seems that so often when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, "liberty and justice for all" is forgotten and instead we focus on "I pledge" and "under God." We forget what is being given to us in return for our pledge: liberty and justice. How can we fail to hold up our end of the bargain but still accept free education, a Permanent Fund check, and all the rights listed in the Constitution? Yet even as we refuse to say the pledge, the United States continues to hold up its end of the bargain, and we continue to accept it. It's not hard to conclude that something's not right.

Letters
I was amazed when I read Princess Cruises representative Kirby Day's letter to the editor in Monday's paper, "Metcalfe-Helmar boggles the mind." He said that when Kim comments on what is best for downtown Juneau, she doesn't speak for him. To the best of my knowledge Mr. Day doesn't live downtown and I'm sure Kim never meant to speak for Kirby Day or Princess Cruises. She does, however, voice my sentiments and those of many other downtown residents. She did, after all, carry all downtown precincts when she ran for the assembly three years ago.

Letters
I recently experienced a life-threatening medical emergency. The EMTs who responded to the 911 call saved my life. The dedication, skill and compassion they exhibited has made a lasting impression on me. I have a new appreciation for the services provided by police dispatchers, police officers and emergency medical personnel.

Letters
Kathleen Monahan would like to know who has "forced" candidates to spend large sums of money to get elected to local office. I think I can answer her question.

Letters
As a voter in next Tuesday's election, I would like to know if PeggyAnn McConnochie agrees with Errol Champion's attack on Mark Wheeler and SEACC in the Tuesday night letters to the editor.

Letters
I appreciated the spirit of Bob Deering's thoughtful comments the other day regarding how to better spend the half-billion dollars it will ultimately cost for our 65 miles of asphalt to Skagway. But what absurd suggestions! Second crossing to Douglas Island? Light rail? Schools? Ports? Museums? Theaters?

Letters
I was amazed when I read Princess Cruises representative Kirby Day's letter to the editor in Monday's paper, "Metcalfe-Helmar boggles the mind." He said that when Kim comments on what is best for downtown Juneau, she doesn't speak for him. To the best of my knowledge Mr. Day doesn't live downtown and I'm sure Kim never meant to speak for Kirby Day or Princess Cruises. She does, however, voice my sentiments and those of many other downtown residents. She did, after all, carry all downtown precincts when she ran for the assembly three years ago.

Letters
We already have a highway to Juneau. Our marine highway provides safe and reliable access to Juneau and contributes to a quality of life that is second to none. It is no coincidence that we enjoy a pedestrian- and transit-friendly community with minimal traffic congestion, qualities that other cities in America only dream of.

Letters
We already have a highway to Juneau. Our marine highway provides safe and reliable access to Juneau and contributes to a quality of life that is second to none. It is no coincidence that we enjoy a pedestrian- and transit-friendly community with minimal traffic congestion, qualities that other cities in America only dream of.

Letters
Over the years, plenty of mean-spirited and irrational letters have surfaced in the Letters to the Editor column of the Juneau Empire (and the latest practice of publishing cowardly, anonymous sniping and ranting in the Word of Mouth column has intensified this trend), but the letter by Kimberly Ryan deserves some sort of special award.

Letters
The Constitution of the United States of America, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence are documents which define us as Americans. We are not defined by race, religion, language, ethnicity, or national origin. We are defined by common commitments to the ideals contained in those documents. We are held together by our shared beliefs in such values as liberty, equality, and justice.

BP to sponsor UAF's Top of the World Classic
FAIRBANKS -- BP is teaming up with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to sponsor the Top of the World Classic preseason college basketball tournament.

Former Alaskan runner gets shot at Olympic 4x100 relay
SYDNEY, Australia -- Not even former Alaska resident Passion Richardson expected to run in the Sydney Olympic Games.

Vandals spoil Juneau football bonfire party
Some of the fun and frolic went out of Spirit Week early this morning when vandals prematurely ignited a football team bonfire.

Juneau runners seek state titles
All season long, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team felt it had enough quality runners to challenge for a state championship.

Lende leads Haines in drive for small-school girls crown
All season long, Haines sophomore Sarah Lende has been so far ahead of the field she really hasn't been pushed during Southeast high school cross-country running meets.

Former Alaskan runner gets shot at Olympic 4x100 relay
SYDNEY, Australia -- Not even former Alaska resident Passion Richardson expected to run in the Sydney Olympic Games.

FROM THE SIDELINES
It's times like these when I really wish I'd gotten that degree in rocket science.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

FROM THE SIDELINES
It's times like these when I really wish I'd gotten that degree in rocket science.

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Lende leads Haines in drive for small-school girls crown
All season long, Haines sophomore Sarah Lende has been so far ahead of the field she really hasn't been pushed during Southeast high school cross-country running meets.

Crimson Bears look to handle business at hand
As the Juneau-Douglas High School football team prepared for tonight's regular-season finale against the West Anchorage Eagles, the Crimson Bears weren't too concerned about their slim possibilities for making the state playoffs.

Crimson Bears look to handle business at hand
As the Juneau-Douglas High School football team prepared for tonight's regular-season finale against the West Anchorage Eagles, the Crimson Bears weren't too concerned about their slim possibilities for making the state playoffs.

Vandals spoil Juneau football bonfire party
Some of the fun and frolic went out of Spirit Week early this morning when vandals prematurely ignited a football team bonfire.

BP to sponsor UAF's Top of the World Classic
FAIRBANKS -- BP is teaming up with the University of Alaska Fairbanks to sponsor the Top of the World Classic preseason college basketball tournament.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Paralyzed UAF player to coach hockey
FAIRBANKS -- The last time Erik Drygas saw a high school hockey game was 1993. He was playing in it as a member of the Lathrop High School hockey team.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Juneau runners seek state titles
All season long, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team felt it had enough quality runners to challenge for a state championship.

Paralyzed UAF player to coach hockey
FAIRBANKS -- The last time Erik Drygas saw a high school hockey game was 1993. He was playing in it as a member of the Lathrop High School hockey team.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

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