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Saturday, September 29, 2007

'Italian Lover' a good read in spite of an overcrowded plot
"The Italian Lover" (Little, Brown & Co., 340 pages, $23.99), by Robert Hellenga: This is the sequel to the tantalizing historical novel about a bashful Midwesterner who moves to Italy, falls in love and loses her inhibitions.

New nonfiction includes an overview of ancient Alaska and a Buddhist classic
New nonfiction for fun and information is at all the Juneau Public Libraries.

Apply fluoride to teeth, not the the water
Good news! We don't need to fluoridate Juneau's city water to protect and strengthen our children's teeth.

A strong Navy leaguer
Jo Anne Bell-Graves is not only a "plankowner," founding member, of the Juneau Navy League, but she is also its only life member. What is more, she was the first president of the Juneau Council and was later treasurer as well.

Vote for Kendziorek
With a large number of state and city workers looking at retirement in the next five years, and younger people unable to afford the high cost of living in Juneau, this community is looking at a smaller job base, declining school enrollment, a stagnant business sector and reduced city revenues.

Pool will help students
I appreciated your article on the pool in Sunday's paper. As a mother of three in the Valley and an educator and counselor, I know the importance of giving kids a positive place to recreate year-round. I have also seen first-hand the self-discipline that kids develop as a result of participating in a swim program. But one very important feature about the new pool needs a little more highlighting.

Bong Hits 4 election
Your recent profiles of the two unopposed school board candidates make it clear that neither of them understands or respects the free speech rights of students. I hope that others will join me in voting for a write-in candidate: Joe Frederick.

Vote for incumbent Assembly candidates
Juneau Assembly incumbents Johan Dybdahl and Randy Wanamaker have worked very hard for Juneau for a long time, have been very effective and deserve our votes.

Caption correction
The picture on the front of the Empire on Sunday, Sept. 23, was captioned that, while dentist Hardy Limeback was readying his presentation opposing fluoridating city water, I took "a sip of bottled water."

Oppose fluoridation because of known risks
The fluoride issue should be a straightforward exercise in logic, but instead it has become a polarized argument between us-or-them "sides" that feel very passionate and possessive about their beliefs. It shouldn't be this way.

Fluoride helps family
I am one of five siblings raised by a mother who taught us to brush our teeth after eating and, when flossing came along, to "floss the teeth you want to keep."

Read the fine print before voting on Prop 1
For those of you who live in Juneau without city sewer and who hope that Proposition 1 will provide sewer to your existing homes, please be advised that the first priority for sewer extensions will be given to undeveloped land.

Cut school admins
Friends, consider this not a letter to the editor but a lead for investigation. Upon reading your editorial this morning "Who Cares," I believe that apathy is directly connected to powerlessness.

Common sense rejects fluoridation
According to an Empire story on Sept. 16, it seems the pro fluoride folks are out to take over Juneau's basic water needs with their highly splashy and very pricey ad campaign. Certainly, $46,000 is nothing to sneeze at and could just make you a television star, in the bargain.

Be reasonable, fluoridate
Things you can "learn" on the Internet: The Jews were behind the Sept. 11 attacks. (Really it was Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia.)

Bellingham voters opposed fluoride
In 2005 the citizens of Bellingham, Wash., faced the same vote you are about to take - to fluoridate our water or not. Like your initiative, the initiative we voted on was funded by outside interests through the Washington State Dental Assoc. and Washington Dental Service Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Delta Dental Insurance Co.

Please don't fluoridate
I am a person living with thyroid issues. I have struggled with these problems and medication dosage problems for the last four years until the city stopped putting fluoride in the water.

Kendziorek tracks big picture, minute details
Many people who live in Juneau aren't afraid to share their thoughts and opinions. It's not always comfortable to hear or read diverging viewpoints, but it challenges me to explore what I believe and why regarding issues.

Swimming in reasons to support pool
Let's not let this chance pass us up for a second time. The research group listened to the voters in 2005 and have worked very hard to put together a valued option for a swimming pool that is half the cost of the one originally proposed.

Keep 'poisons' out of our drinking water
The calcium phosphate mineral that makes up the enamel of our teeth is far more resistant to decay when treated with fluoride. The best way to treat your teeth is with a commercially produced fluoride toothpaste.

JIA project planning takes off
A $10 million renovation and expansion of Juneau's aging airport terminal is slated to begin next summer in what airport planners hope will be the first phase of a much bigger project.

Funding cuts may end avalanche forecasting
The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center announced it won't be able to produce avalanche forecasts this winter, unless it receives last-minute funding.

Around Town

Critical Mass builds up for cyclist's rights ride
The organizers of tonight's Critical Mass bicycle gathering hope at least 20 to 30 cyclists show up for the 30-minute ride.

Chamber forum heats up over road
A candidate forum hosted by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday ended in a tense exchange over the proposed road out of Juneau, after touching on an array of issues.

Photo: Last cruise ship
Tourists and tour guides stand on shore Thursday at Crescent Harbor in Sitka. The Noordam, anchored in the background, is the final ship of the season in Sitka.

Business Digest
Sheryl Weinbergappointed executive director of SERRC; Small-businesscenter kicks off fall schedule of classes; Training focuses on negotiating skills for women entrepreneur

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

Holsts to celebrate
Janice and Butch Holst, of Juneau, will celebrate their 46th anniversary on Sept. 30.

Finochio, Endicott to wed
Susan Finochio and Eric Endicott, both of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony at 4 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2007. Friends and family are invited to attend a reception at 6 p.m at The Counterfitters.

Alexandar, Black wed
Sheri Suzzane Black and Iskandar R. Alexandar, both of Juneau, were married in a Scottish-themed wedding on Aug. 25, 2007, at the United Pentacostal Church in Juneau. A reception followed at St. Ann's Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Describing ourselves with characteristics, not strengths and weaknesses
As I'm writing this, water is dripping off the eaves. The foliage outside my office is thick and lush. The wind is pushing the branches and disturbing the shrubs. It is a beautiful day.

Student artist spotlight: Vaipuna Toutaiolepo
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Julian, Dye wed
Michelle Julian, of Juneau, and James Dye, of Sonoma, Calif., were married at sunset on Aug. 18, 2007, on a beach in Maui, Hawaii.

Reece, Foster wed
Gail Reece and Steve Foster were married in a private ceremony on June 23, 2007, at the Mendenhall Glacier Pavilion.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for helping our 'S'more Salmon' bake, dessert auction; Thanks for welcoming summer visitors to our community; Thank you to the lady, police officer for helping in the highway

Neighbors Digest
Ohler to give 'Digital Kids' presentation

Sweden, Norway part III: Closed for Easter
Last month I ended Part II: Sweden and Norway with the statement, "We were unaware of our big mistake." Our big mistake was that we picked up an Oslo/Bergen schedule at the train station without talking to a Scan-Rail information clerk.

Trip to the tug
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool students participated in a field trip aboard the Juneau-based tug Chahunta last Thursday and Friday at Aurora Harbor downtown.

Neighbors helping neighbors
AWARE provides safe shelter, advocacy, education and support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, and community prevention/education on these issues

'Saw Stop' thank you
Juneau-Douglas High School students in Craig Mapes' Creative Woods class pose Tuesday next to their new "Saw Stop" safe table saw that the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association and Alaska Marine Lines donated to the the Juneau School District.

A healthier high school
This is the first full school year that SEARHC has been contracted to supply student health care services to the high school, and the staff and clinic space has more than doubled.

FYI

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Vernon Wallace Hamey
Juneau Wildflower Court resident Vernon Wallace Hamey died Sept. 25, 2007, of natural causes. He was 87.

Empire editorial: Kendziorek, Dybdahl toss up, Wanamaker clear District 2 winner
Only two races for the Juneau Assembly will provide any head scratching at the polls come Oct. 2.

My turn: Another doctor against fluoride in the water
My opposition to water fluoridation was solidified when I read the National Academy of Sciences 2006 report "Fluoride in Drinking Water: A Scientific Review of EPA's Standards."

My turn: Study claims fluoride causes cancer in youth
Last month the Empire published a My Turn column on water fluoridation from ABC science columnist Lee Dye which accused "some Juneau residents who posture themselves as public health advocates" as distorting scientific research to "suit their own purposes."

My turn: We must fix the housing problem
Today, nearly two thirds of the homes on the market are affordable to only one third of Juneau's population. Seven thousand Juneau households cannot afford the average priced home.

My turn: What I learned on the Fluoride Study Commission
As a member of the city Fluoride Study Commission, I would like to share some of the thoughts and conclusions that resulted from over two years of careful study of the water fluoridation issue.

My turn: Engineering consent for fluoridation in Juneau
What influences a town to poison its own drinking water? Money? "Authority"? Or just the sheer momentum of an outdated con-job by a skilled public relations specialist?

Undefeated teams to clash at Adair-Kennedy
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team can go 8-0 for the first time in school history on Saturday. However, the Crimson Bears will have to go through a quality Lower 48 opponent to accomplish that first.

Watchdog group urges probe of earmark linked to Young
A watchdog group asked the House ethics committee on Wednesday to investigate how a $10 million earmark for a Florida highway interchange, which was backed by Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, was inserted into a bill that already had won final congressional approval.

Wildfire breaks record in North Slope tundra
Alaska's largest wildfire of the year is now also the biggest tundra fire ever recorded on the North Slope.

Stevens, worker at odds over fundraising
Sen. Ted Stevens' campaign has no evidence a contracting firm paid workers to help run the Alaska senator's fundraisers, the campaign treasurer said, disputing one employee's claim that he parked cars and performed odd jobs while on the contractor's payroll.

Man settles with state in trooper prisoner-abuse case
A Bethel man has won $575,000 from the state in a settlement over claims he was repeatedly tortured and brutalized while in the custody of Alaska State Troopers.

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