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Monday, October 1, 2007

Fluoride no guarantee of perfect teeth
I just wanted to give a quick e-mail and add my two cents into this argument about fluoridation.

A fluoride vote based on reason
I live in Juneau, have two children and take out decayed teeth for a living. Medical and dental experts in Juneau want what all citizens want: safe and effective solutions to health problems based on sound evidence, not emotion.

Judges offer opinions about fluoridation
Pro-fluoride advocates claim there are no facts supporting not fluoridating. Here are quotes from judges when the populace has taken the inevitable next step after having a toxic substance forced upon them and sued. Remember that a judge presiding over litigation reviews facts.

A fourth-grader speaks her mind
I think that if the people who want to be elected make a promise to get elected and don't keep their word, they should either get a lower pay, or get fired.

Support seniors, vote for Hood
Randy Wanamaker says that he will work for affordable senior housing. Yet, I recall his work last year to eliminate the senior property tax exemption. Is this exemption not a way to make housing affordable for seniors? This is a conflict to my way of thinking and the reason why I will vote for Dixie Hood for Juneau Assembly.

Plastic grocery bags can be recycled
Regarding the Sept. 23 Outdoors column, "Reduce, reuse and recycle to save the Pacific Ocean," the assertion that plastic generated from recycled plastic bags is of "limited usefulness" is incorrect.

Common threads on fluoridation
The current community debate need not be divisive. Agreement that every child should have an opportunity for dental health is the obvious common thread. How do we address the dental needs of children in our community, as well as honor personal choice for pure water in our public system?

Channel Drive anglers need to be respectful
I work on Channel Drive, and every day during our breaks, my co-workers and I take a walk to get some fresh air.

Fluoride affects thyroid conditions
I am one of the people in Juneau who will be hurt by the addition of fluoride in the water.

Committee member upset with Kendziorek
At the League of Women Voters' Candidate Forum recently, areawide Assembly candidate Marshal Kendziorek voiced strong and, I believe, highly unfair criticism of the Alaska Committee for its "ineffectiveness" in keeping capital movers at bay.

Add dome to Capitol
A fitting project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of statehood would be to add a dome-like structure or sculpture to the top of our Capitol building - something in keeping with the character of the existing building, but something that doesn't require significant renovation.

Kendziorek has been impressive under fire
Thanks for the very informative reporting on the Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently attended by several candidates for the Juneau Assembly. I was particularly impressed by candidate Marshal Kendziorek's response to questions pertaining to the so-called Lynn Canal Highway.

Make dental care accessible to families
Medical professionals have a responsibility to provide their patients with informed consent, not to do so violates a major ethical principle.

Support Kendziorek despite confrontation
I am perplexed with the insistence of Dick Knapp to make the road out of town the all-important issue to catechize Marshal Kendziorek on when we have so many more pressing and immediate issues needing our attention as a community.

Vote yes on fluoride
As a boy growing up in Wrangell in the late 1950s, I feared going to the dentist because of the inevitable need to fill a tooth cavity. This was always preceded by the painful shot of Novocain in the mouth which on a couple of occasions didn't work. I am glad my children and most of their mates didn't have to go through those experiences. Much of the credit for this is water fluoridation that Juneau provided until recently.

Fluoride a distraction from the real issue
Juneau's profluoride group likes the warm fuzzy feeling you get from the mistaken notion that you are helping the poor, but their attitude reflects a genuine misunderstanding about what it means to be poor.

Fluoridation is public health measure
As a mother, Alaska Native and dentist with a practice in Southeast Alaska, I urge you to vote for community water fluoridation.

Fluoridation - or toxic waste disposal?
Proponents of fluoridating Juneau's water are lambasting us with media-promotion. It reminds me of the marketing attack big oil and mining interests accosted voters with, hoping to delude our decisions in favor of their projects.

It's time to build something for locals
It probably is a safe bet that whoever wrote that turf fields should be considered a luxury has never had a kid take a bad hop to the chops. Or watched as a ground ball to their kid died right in front of them when it hit a huge puddle of water.

Hood lacks experience and judgment
I have been following the local election and reading what each candidate has to say, since this is a crucial time for Juneau. We need to vote into office the most qualified people in order to maintain our status as the state capital.

Juneau should say no to fluoridation
Two doctors came knocking on my door last night, going through the neighborhood to collect signatures against adding fluoride to Juneau's drinking water. They resent the money pouring into Juneau from the American Dental Association, which is ignoring recent science about the bad effects of fluoridation.

Rude treatment can push away customers
I read the letter regarding rude customers by Janice Erfurt on Wednesday and have to agree with the writer. But there is another side to that coin. I wrote previously about why I welcomed Home Depot and Wal-Mart. My six word slogan was "You should have treated me better."

On turf, sales tax and mobile homes
The editorial opposing the turf funding was absurd!

Build a valley pool for the children
I am in favor of the proposed pool and wanted to share my reasons with the community. I was in favor of the pool proposition in 2005 until I found out how many administrative offices and other nonessentials were added into the proposal.

Correction
A Thursday story in the Juneau Empire inaccurately stated how much of a 2006 National Research Council report Dr. Carolyn Brown had read. Brown, head of the pro-fluoridation group Citizens Promoting Dental Health, said she read the entire report.

Photo: Passing the shoe
Gary and Claudia Pierce share a laugh Saturday with customers who came to visit during their last day of work at Hudson's Shoe Store on Seward Street.

Photo: Heart of Mendenhall Glacier exposed
Amy Sherwin, a visitor service information assistant at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, kayaks near a wall of blue ice Sunday at the face of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Photo: Last ship pulls away
Kelly Burnett, office manager for Juneau Sportfishing, waves Friday to bid goodbye to the final cruise ship of the season, Serenade of the Seas. Burnett said the business's office stayed busy booking fishing trips through Friday.

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

Juneau man sentenced for selling walrus parts
A Juneau man was sentenced Friday in federal court to eight months in prison for selling ivory and other walrus parts.

Business owners push mine, road
Delays in the opening of the Kensington Mine topped a list of frustrations for 27 area business owners who attended an economic summit hosted by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Saturday.

SEARHC names Roald Helgesen as new president
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Board of Directors this week selected Roald Helgesen to be the organization's new president and chief executive officer.

UAS approves new degree in art
Starting this spring, University of Alaska Southeast art majors can take a more art-centric course load.

Photo: Cyclists gather for Critical Mass
More than 50 cyclists participate Friday in Critical Mass, a community bicycle ride to promote awareness of bicycles and advocate for cyclists' rights. The group rode from the Juneau-Douglas High School, over the Douglas Bridge and back through downtown.

Around Town

Around Town

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

Pro-fluoride campaign nets $151,623
The intense debate over fluoridated water has resulted in a stunning amount of campaign spending, but one Juneau Assembly race has triggered some serious fundraising as well.

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Russell L. Stevenson
Former Juneau resident Russell L. Stevenson died Aug. 13, 2007, at his home in Yuma, Ariz., after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 66.

My turn: Improve public transportation in Juneau for common good
In any community, preventing or ending homelessness is a complicated and multifaceted concern. Each problem requires its own solution, and none of this can happen overnight. But there are some solutions that are basic and far-reaching in helping to find an answer to many of these problems.

Alaska editorial: Lengthen statute of limitations for campaign violations
The VECO corruption scandal has revealed a stunning loophole in Alaska's political integrity laws. Candidates, corporations and others who violate state campaign laws apparently get a free pass if they can hide their offenses for a year and a day.

My Turn: Support fluoride for the children
So what does this busy pediatrician have to say about fluoride?

My Turn: When considering fluoride, keep common sense in mind
This fluoride argument keeps going around and repeating, studies and agencies are quoted, and titles are flaunted. And all too little common sense is used.

My turn: Tuition hikes for students, perks for administrators
For years, the University of Alaska's statewide administration has been a source of wonder for those of us who track UA's use of public money: "Statewide" does little to no teaching, has few to no students, yet it spends tens of millions of dollars every year on its well-heeled administrators.

My Turn: Bias suspected in media coverage of Chamber event
Two colleagues of mine attended the Juneau Chamber of Commerce candidate forum at the Moose Lodge last Thursday, complaining, as per usual, about the Democratic candidates and their answers to the undoubtedly tough questions posed by members of the openly pro-development Juneau Chamber.

Empire Editorials: Fluoride facts shaky on both sides of debate
Fluoride has been cast as dental savior, toxic demon, part of a communist plot and an evil piece in an industrialist conspiracy.

My Turn: Go with the expert advice: Fluoridate the water
Community water fluoridation is not a new and untried experiment. Millions of people have drunk naturally fluoridated water for generations.

My Turn: A physician calls for fluoridation
During the past few weeks, I have been following the opinion articles and Letters to the Editor in the Empire with great interest. There seems to be an intense difference of opinion on the subject of fluoridation.

My Turn: Report mandates more study before fluoridation
As chairman of the Juneau Fluoride Study Commission, I have watched with considerable interest the campaigns about the fluoride ballot issue. The debate has been civil and respectful, but I don't think it has provided voters with the information they need to make an informed decision.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Retrenchment ahead for all Americans
By the time you read this, I will be aboard a ship somewhere beyond the Aleutians, on my way to Asia. I'll be seeking a first-hand look at the countries that have lately powered the world to unprecedented growth in income and wealth.

My Turn: Brush your teeth and keep fluoride out of city's water
The fact is, if a person is not brushing their teeth on a regular basis, then no amount of fluoride in the water is going to prevent them from getting cavities. If they are brushing their teeth, then it's highly likely there is fluoride in their toothpaste.

Coho season slow, but anglers stay hooked
Beyond a fence line of giant spruce trees, a blackened beach composed of shale boulders stretches horizontally forming a small peninsula. Whitish barnacles and rusty orange seaweeds garnish the embankments of the incoming tide while a thick fog warps the waters from the sheepish sky.

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Turning the Tides: A conversation about the ocean
In a conversation the other day, I was questioned about the personal connection I felt with the ocean. I fumbled, looking for words to explain what was so important to me. Sometimes the closer the connection we have to something, the harder it is to explain.

Gustavus cow moose hunt closed this season
The popular Gustavus cow moose hunt has been canceled for this fall season.

Shape-shifters in the natural world
Shape-shifters are part of the mythology and lore of many cultures around the world.

Benefits abound for late-season camping
Sometimes in the fall, Dorie Kelley and Michael Hughes just like to sit in their lawn chairs and listen to the music of the summer migrants fleeing Alaska for winter.

Crimson Bears reach 8-0 for 1st time
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team made history Saturday in defeating previously undefeated Rainier High School from Rainier, Ore., 37-0 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Cross Country Results
ASAA/First National Bank State Cross CountryChampionships

Gonzales busts out the big guns in Roughhouse opener
Anchorage's Cordereo "Gun 'em down" Gonzales won two fights Friday to open the Roughhouse Boxing season at Marlintini's.

Brown finishes eighth overall as JDHS boys take fifth place
The Juneau Douglas High School boys' top runner, senior Hunter Brown, had set his goal to finish in the top 10 Saturday at the 5k Run Division 4A state championships.

Powerful defense helps JDHS make gridiron history against Rainier
Without a doubt, the 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School state championship football team was the most dominant force in program history.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

JDHS boys and girls win up north
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys' and girls' swimming and diving teams made big statements over the weekend in Anchorage.

Francis wins 2nd straight state title
Leah Francis of Juneau-Douglas High School dashed out to a 20 second lead Saturday in the first mile of the girls 5k Run Division 4A State Championship race at Palmer High School.

Alaska Digest
Suspicious envelope leads to lockdown; Borough mulls ending emissions testing; Drunken driver gets probation in fatality; Panel sentences sniper to five months

Officers named in shooting probe
Anchorage police have released the names of the two officers who fatally shot a 57-year-old man after a high-speed chase.

Kott's phone bill raises concerns
While FBI tapes of former Rep. Pete Kott's phone conversations were a major factor in his conviction on corruption charges earlier this week, it wasn't Kott's first involvement with the issue of phone tapping.

Northwest Digest
Juneau man arrested after Ketchikan crash; Group to offer free hearing screenings; Alaska dairy farmers propose cooperative; Woman dies after fall in Yellowstone; Group criticizes wolf control plan; Wash. wheat farmers rolling in the dough

Authorities launch wildfire protection plan
State forestry officials are planning a series of prescribed burns to torch debris piles that have built up over the past three years.

Committee focuses on rapes of Indian and Alaska Native women
U.S. senators are expressing alarm at the frequency of rape in Indian country and have vowed to write legislation to help Indian and Alaska Native women who are victims of sexual assault get medical attention and justice.

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

Moose hunt begins in Chugach State Park
A new hunt begins today in Chugach State Park to reduce the number of moose roaming in and near Alaska's largest city.

Company denies Prudhoe layoffs connected to VECO
Recent layoffs of Prudhoe Bay oil field workers has nothing to do with the scandal that surrounded VECO Corp., according to CH2M Hill, the company that recently bought VECO.

Fort Wainwright experiencing a baby boom
As Nancy Cone awaited the arrival of her 13th grandchild at Bassett Army Community Hospital last weekend, the atmosphere was intense, she said.

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