Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Erroneous theology
A couple of days ago I was having a conversation with a strong, sensible Christian woman who happens to be my daughter.

A Coeur constituent
I was awestruck when I first visited Juneau in the summer of 2003. Two years later after moving, I still feel the same.

"Notch" victims
I am writing to encourage fellow notch victims of the Social Security Administration to take a few minutes to contact our congressional delegation and ask for their aid in bringing about a fair and equitable solution to the discrimination we have suffered over our retirement years.

A not-so-funny government joke
Regarding your story on Oct. 14 about our new Division of Elections chief, Whitney Brewster, please allow me to be the first to say it in your letters to the editor; anyone in this current gubernatorial administration using the word integrity to describe themselves is a joke.

Not the sins of the party
In his Oct. 13 letter to the editor, Jerry Demmert asked an appropriate question, "Who's going to impeach the president, the Republican-controlled Congress?"

Irresponsible media
In response to Lori Thomson's "Between the Lines" piece in Sunday's Empire, I disagree that the media are only partially responsible.

Businesses target of scams
I urge Alaskan businesses to carefully read the mail that their employees may process.

Photo: 'Stop' means 'stop'
Nikki Sullivan, a para-educator at Floyd Dryden Middle School, stops traffic Monday for students crossing Mendenhall Loop Road.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Marrow drive leads to transplant for 6-year-old
Monday was a big day for 6-year-old Alex Cesar.

Coast Guard Auxiliary sends two to work with FEMA on storm relief
Two members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary's Juneau Flotilla have joined the federal team helping people in the South recover from one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons on record.

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

Photo: Toddler Time
Rachel Schwartz reads a book to her 15-month-old daughter, Ella, on Monday during Toddler Time at the Mendenhall Valley library.

Photo: 'Tis the season to be morbid
Jason Brown, with the help of his children Charlotte and Kobe, sets up a pumpkin patch and other Halloween decorations Tuesday at their home in the Mendenhall Valley.

Pull up a chair and meditate
A Buddhist group in Alaska invites all stressed-out Juneau office workers and others to sit down and take a breather.

After Katrina, to Juneau
Another displaced person from the Gulf Coast has arrived to live in Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Alaska is on front line of bird-flu fight
Alaskans should be prepared to be on the front lines of a bird flu pandemic, the regional director of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said.

Living as if it is the very last day
I guess when you get right down to it, the only important thing in life is to learn how to "just relax."

Photo: Blessing of the animals
Ginger the greyhound receives a blessing by Pastor John Stevens earlier this month during the community Blessing of the Animals downtown.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Hale and Thorsteinson marry
Sharyn Anne Hale of Taranaki, New Zealand, and Fredrik Scott Thorsteinson of Juneau were married at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 20, at Pearson's Pond Lodge in Juneau.

Learning from our blockages
We often associate difficulties in life with the absence of God.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Julia J. Hall
Juneau resident, Julia J. Hall, 89, died on Oct. 12, 2005, at her home from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Her family was by her side.

My Turn: Alaska disaster planning needs to focus on food
You need only to go to a grocery store on a weekday afternoon to realize that many Alaskans are not prepared for a disaster like last December's tsunami, Hurricane Katrina or the recent earthquake in Pakistan.

My Turn: Early cancer detection helps save women's lives
This year, more than 211,240 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and approximately 40,410 will lose their lives from the disease.

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.

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.

Special teams lift Huskies to junior division title
The Huskies' special teams lifted the team to the Juneau Youth Football League junior division championship on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field, defeating the Spartans 12-6.

Roughhouse boxing rocks Juneau
Marlintini's Lounge kicked off its seventh year of Roughhouse Friday Boxing on Friday night.

Governor blasts plan for Glacier Bay traffic
The number of boats allowed to enter Glacier Bay National Park next year will remain the same while more studies are done to determine the effects of the cruise ships on the park's wildlife.

Extra ranger gives boost to enforcement on Kenai River
The addition of another ranger was credited with officials writing more than twice as many violations on the Kenai River this year from 2004.

State backs off plan for mixing zones
Alaska regulators on Monday retracted an earlier proposal to lift a statewide ban on pollution mixing zones in fish spawning areas but proposed allowing industries to seek exemptions to the rule.

Alaska's largest cities vie for 2006 Native conference
The state's two largest cities are vying for the next Alaska Native Federation convention, a lucrative annual meeting that generates millions of dollars for businesses in its host city.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Glacier Bay eyes climate change, its own greenhouse gases
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve staff members this week are examining the effects of global climate change on their park's glacial landscape.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

2nd plaintiff joins sex suit against priest
A second woman has joined a lawsuit against a longtime Roman Catholic priest, alleging she was sexually abused as a child in the Western Alaska community of Hooper Bay.

Report questions Fort Greely role in national defense
A U.S. Senate subcommittee report chastises the Defense Department for de-emphasizing ground-based missile interceptors, such as those at Fort Greely in Alaska, as it develops a national defense system.

Native convention opens in Fairbanks
Alaska's Native leaders said fiscally debilitating energy costs in rural villages will be a major topic at their annual convention, which started Monday in Fairbanks.

Officer arrested on child-porn charges
Officials claim a 12-year veteran of the city's police department admitted to owning hundreds of photographs and videos of child pornography, including images stored on the laptop computer in his patrol car.

Enrollment window looms for Medicare drug benefit
Alaskans on Medicare will be able to enroll in November for a new prescription drug benefit, the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday in Juneau.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Photo: A rare, cold treat

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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