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Saturday, October 26, 2002

Election contrasts
I am struck by the gubernatorial contest between the quintessential Beauty and the Beast.

Impressed by Fran
Several weeks ago, I attended the NAACP Annual Dinner. There were three impressive components about that evening.

Consensus builder
This coming legislative session presents a unique opportunity to address the critical issues facing our state. The elected officials we choose must possess the skill, knowledge of the process, and the willingness and capability to build consensus necessary to empower this session to meet the challenges before it.

Vague references
After watching the Oct. 22 Ulmer-Murkowski debate, it became clear that Fran Ulmer is the best choice for our next governor.

Pragmatic grit
Watching the gubernatorial debates, I was struck by the obvious homework and courage displayed by Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in addressing the fiscal issues of the state. I am convinced, as a small business owner, that realism and predictability are critical to handle the changing economies facing our state.

The state needs Frank
We received campaign information from the Democratic candidate for governor.

Time to cut losses
Over 4 1/2 years of serving members in the General Government Unit as a regional business agent for the Alaska State Employees Association, I became very familiar with the skillful diplomacy and negotiations acumen of Bruce Weyhrauch.

Revisionist history
I had planed on leaving this alone but when I saw the ad from Fran claiming credit for the Permanent Fund it reminded me of Al Gore claiming credit for the Internet. Come on, Fran, I was president of the Alaska Senate during that bitter battle and as you were doing coastal zone management at the time I somehow failed to see you on the permanent fund battleground.

Shifting the blame
Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has finally taken responsibility for the election pamphlet fiasco. This disaster sent 40 percent of the state's election pamphlets to the wrong election districts, and made Alaska the laughingstock of the country, the state of Florida excepted. This snafu is not only embarrassing - it is expensive!

Let Fran lead
I am a fourth generation Alaskan, born and raised into a family that played an active role in the development of Alaska's history. My family's involvement in Alaska diversified through politics, the mining and fishing industries, hosting cultural events, supporting education, opening small businesses, and most importantly preserving family values.

Charitable solution
This year's gubernatorial election has been perplexing for me. On the one hand, I'm extremely happy about the prospects of either Fran or Frank being our next governor, on the expectation that either is going to be big improvement for Juneau over what we've experienced for the past many years.

Go Green Nov. 5
Paul McCarthy's letter (Assessing the debate, Oct. 23) asked us to support Fran Ulmer because she is not as bad as Sen. Frank Murkowski. Instead of voting against a candidate, I am excited to vote for the Green Party's Diane Benson, because she believes what I believe.

Vote on behalf of kids
I am writing to tell you about my neighbor, Fran Ulmer. If you've had the chance to meet her, or hear her speak, you know that as a human being she has qualities anyone could admire. Her vision, courage, compassion, and an ability to listen and bring people together are exactly what our state needs in a governor.

Wishful fiscal thinking
Hardship highlights reality and helps people make better choices. The Legislature's failure to close the budget gap brings Alaskans to the brink of the same economic depression that characterized the late 1980s.

Effective representation
Cathy Muñoz offers Juneau residents the opportunity for real representation in the state Senate. For the past 10 years, Juneau's senator has not been a member of the majority. I will explain why it is important.

Where Cathy stands
I believe it is important for the public to have the facts on candidates that run for public office. That is why I am taking the time to respond to allegations that appeared in the letters to editor column on Oct. 24.

Tireless commitment
Juneau's Sen. Kim Elton has fought tirelessly for women's issues. For this reason and others, Kim has my vote in Juneau's Senate race.

Who has real plan?
After seeing Frank Murkowski's "Man With the Plan" ad in the Empire I feel compelled to comment. The Tuesday gubernatorial debate made it very clear that our junior senator does not have a plan to extract Alaska from the impending fiscal crisis. His "plan" consists of a few bumper sticker slogans that don't even begin to address the budget shortfalls facing the state.

Partisan and ineffective
The ability of Juneau's sole senator to provide effective representation is the key issue in this year's senate race. Kim Elton says that his eight years of experience should be reason enough to re-elect him.

Model representation
Sen. Kim Elton's political record demonstrates his sincere commitment to the education and well-being of Alaskans. It's a pity so many of those Alaskans won't be able to vote for him in the upcoming election because they aren't old enough yet. Juneau's kids certainly deserve to be represented.

Consultant: Tourism talks need more than the usual voices
Polarized, divisive and without direction. A clash between economic development and the environment. Hurt by a lack of trust, a lack of civility and an inability to go beyond personalities. About 30 people used those terms to describe Juneau's civic culture at a meeting Thursday at Centennial Hall. The discussion, led by civic consultant David Chrislip, focused on collaboration as a way to deal with tourism questions in Juneau.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

FYI
Births

Old salt preserves memories of destroyers
Basil Nickerson, a yeoman sailor on a destroyer in the Atlantic in World War II, fired only once against the enemy. But his memories of dangers and comradeship at sea led him to form an association for those who served on "four-piper" destroyers."We look back on it now, we left our soul on board ship," said Nickerson, 79, who a few years ago began the Web site and organization he now calls Four-Pipers Sailor WWII.

With fog gone, AK Airlines plays catch-up
After days of fog-caused delays, Alaska Airlines resumed flights this morning, and north- and south-bound flights had space available, company spokesman Jack Evans said. The airline may bring down a plane from Anchorage to handle a potential larger demand for north-bound flights this afternoon, he said.

Trail end restored
A Trail Mix work crew is completing installation of a bridge allowing access to the end of the 312-mile Perseverance Trail in Silverbow Basin above downtown. The bridge and a new stretch of trail completes several years of work restoring access to the head of the basin and its collection of historic mining ruins.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Kazama, Weske to wed
Anne Kazama of Juneau and Jeremy Weske of Juneau are engaged and are planning a wedding for June 2003 at Douglas Island Bible Church.

A global community
Adama Diouf gave up nearly all of his family and friend's emotional, physical and financial support to convert from Islam to Christianity at the age of 19.Now, eight years after his ordination as a minister, he said he has many friends and a good family in the church. He's found part of that family in the Juneau community, as was demonstrated last weekend during church services at the Chapel by the Lake.

Neighbors Briefs
Operation Christmas Child seeks volunteers; Red Cross sets Adult CPR class; Forest Service to host fireside programs

How we play
The sun's gone down, it's pouring rain outside, you're done with work and you have a night to kill. What harm could there be in watching some TV and going to bed?Actually, quite a bit, some health experts say.

Carol Walsh Treadwell
Former Juneau resident Carol Walsh Treadwell, 44, died Oct. 21, 2002, in Anchorage.

Playoff stars have roots in Alaska
Mention the name of San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds and most baseball fans will tell you Bonds is a certain Hall of Famer.Bonds has compiled an impressive baseball resume, recording 613 career home runs, four MVP trophies - with a possible fifth on the way - and now maybe a championship ring, after the Giants crushed the Anaheim Angels 16-4 in Thursday's Game 5 of the World Series to take a 3-2 Series lead.

State Class 1A-2A-3A Wrestling Rankings
Here are the state's top-five wrestlers in each weight class for the Class 1A-2A-3A season as ranked by the Web site, http://www.alaskawrestling.com, which is run by Palmer's Eric Wade. The rankings are based on head-to-head results and consultation with state coaches.

Adult Volleyball League Standings
Here are the standings through Oct. 20 for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation men's and women's adult volleyball leagues.

Juneau's Creighton Miller to enter alma mater's hall of fame
By all accounts, Creighton Miller tries to avoid the spotlight.When he played baseball for Chadron State College of Chadron, Neb., the 1969 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate was known for how little he said, especially if reporters were around.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Boozer scores eight as Cavs lose to Kings
LOS ANGELES - Bobby Jackson scored 21 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 115-94 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night in an NBA exhibition game.

Stevens: Number of tribes makes funding unwieldy
ANCHORAGE - The large number of tribal organizations in Alaska receiving federal money needs to be reduced to cut inefficiency and unfair competition between villages at a time of shrinking congressional funding, Sen. Ted Stevens said.Stevens, an Alaska Republican, told a press conference this week that he does not care whether the more than 200 individual village-based tribes in Alaska merge into larger tribes. But for purposes of federal funding, he said, they should form regional groups or set up a statewide committee to funnel money.

Sen. attacks attack ads
In a gubernatorial campaign that is growing more bitter by the day, Republican Frank Murkowski on Thursday angrily accused his Democratic opponent of distorting his stance on the Alaska Permanent Fund.Murkowski said television ads airing statewide by Fran Ulmer take out of context comments he made during an appearance on a talk show and incorrectly suggest he would use permanent fund earnings for state government.

Rural SE voters to pick senator from Interior
Voters from Southeast communities from Metlakatla to Yakutat will decide Nov. 5 which of two Interior Alaska candidates will represent them in the state Senate.New Senate district lines put the rural Southeast communities in the state's largest district, which also takes in parts of Prince William Sound and includes a huge chunk of the Interior stretching from the Canadian border most of the way to the Bering Sea.

Flood forces Kenai residents to evacuate homes
ANCHORAGE - Several roads were closed, bridges were washed out and people were evacuated from their homes on the Kenai Peninsula on Thursday after heavy rainfall caused major flooding and raised rivers to their highest levels in 30 years.Homer, 230 miles south of Anchorage, was isolated by mudslides caused by nearly two days of torrential rains.

AFN convention opens with call to protect sovereignty
ANCHORAGE - Challenging times lie ahead for Alaska's tribes, ranging from anticipated cuts in their federal funding to challenges to their legal status. But on the opening day of their annual convention, members of the Alaska Federation of Natives were urged to work to protect tribal sovereignty.

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