Sunday, October 31, 2004

Library offers many titles for high school, college-age readers
Young Adult books are aimed at high school and college-age readers in theme and reading level. When browsing for them on the adult fiction shelves, look for lime-green labels.

Alaska is lucky
Anchorage has gained wide recognition and national awards for the city's sanitary landfill and the municipality's Eklutna water system.

Public dishonesty
As a teacher and thinking citizen, I'm not sure which is the greater sin: plagiarizing a letter to the editor, or reaching the unbelievable conclusion that Ann Coulter has formulated a sensible idea worth stealing.

Vote yes on Measure 4
Justice comes in many forms, but a governor replacing a U.S. senator is not one of them. My name is Haley Nelson and I go to Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. I am encouraging that you vote "yes" on Ballot Measure No. 4, the Temporary Replacement of a U.S. Senator.

State's vote important
Yes, we are interested in Alaska and especially since you have such a critical Senate race on your hands.

A pox on their houses
Is it legal for a candidate's campaign or supporting party organization to send automated, prerecorded messages repeatedly per day to my telephone, without including the identity of the originating organization, or a contact telephone or web site, in the message?

Vote no on Measure 4
Some say Ballot Measure No. 4 would give you the right to vote on filling vacant U.S. Senate seats.

Stevens ads disingenuous
This past week I have seen a number of TV ads sponsored by the National Republican Senatorial Committee wherein Ted Stevens says that Lisa Murkowski is the best Senate partner he has ever had. Wow.

Murkowski goes partisan
I was raised staunch Republican in a patriotic military family. Republicans theoretically favor a restricted governmental role in social and economic life; is that evident nationally? Abraham Lincoln warned, "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ... (C)orporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

Democrats bad for Alaska
Would you like to give up your permanent dividend check so that the state government won't go broke quite so fast?

Champion of fisheries
I have fished lobster in Maine and Massachusetts since I was 16.

Vote for fiscal restraint
With most elections, I carefully evaluate each candidate, and frequently give my support and my vote to the female candidate, if her qualifications, her position, and her past voting record fall within a range of personal acceptance. I am prejudiced.

Inconsistent principles
The political philosopher, John Stuart Mill wrote: "The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.

Ban bear baiting
Bear baiting is an unnecessary and inhumane act.

Apathy is not an option
There might be some of us who wonder if it makes any difference whether we vote or not.

Rep. not tied to party
The Empire's recent profile of the House District No. 4 race between Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch and Bob Doll astutely notes that Weyhrauch is "running against both his Democratic opponent and the reputation of the governor who shares his party."

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

JDHS students give vote to Kerry
Juneau-Douglas High School students preferred John Kerry to George Bush in a mock election Friday.

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

Tiffs with DJ's, search for funds define radio station
People occasionally tell Collette Costa that Juneau radio isn't as much fun without her, she said while preparing to open a restaurant downtown and insisting her days behind a microphone are over.

Farm agency offers aid to fishermen
Jeremy Kromray felt his fisherman's career begin to fizzle in 2002.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, Friday's FYI misstated the dates that Douglas Schoenheit, 20, committed second-degree theft, according to his guilty plea in Juneau Superior Court.

W. I. 'Bob' Palmer
Juneau resident W. I. "Bob" Palmer, 78, died at home on Oct. 25, 2004.

We need to get educated, seize the day before it's too late
I used to think that one or another of our Native corporate or tribal executives and elected officials would take a vacation or retire and experience some sort of revelation about the illegitimacy of the way most of our entities are organized and managed.

Next Friday's Empire to have new look, feel
If you notice a difference in the Juneau Empire that arrives at your home - or that you pick up at our newsstands - next Friday, we're counting on it being a positive one throughout.

Empire editorial: Among the 2 candidates, Knowles has less baggage
The two major candidates in this year's race for Alaska's seat in the U.S. Senate are unusually similar.

Issues for meaningful debate
nough of the greenie-bashing; give Alaskans a meaningful debate about how to care better for the nation's oceans.

Outdoors Digest
Archery club hosts youth, turkey shoot

The young have it tough
Alaska is home to the highest density of nesting golden eagles in North America, in Denali National Park.

Death from above
"They're built for killing," said Fairbanks wildlife biologist Jack Whitman, who studied golden eagles in Idaho.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Southeast Region swim & dive championships
The results from the Southeast Region Swimming and Diving Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool 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.

Photo: Diving effort
Petersburg's Rikki Versteeg makes a diving save during their match against Sitka on Saturday at the All-Comers Volleyball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Records routed at regional
The region record book needs major revisions after 12 meet records were broken during this weekend's Southeast Region Swimming and Diving Championships.

Los Angeles Clippers cut former Alaska star Trajan Langdon
The Los Angeles Clippers have released former East Anchorage High School basketball standout Trajan Langdon.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

State and local chambers push for Ballot Measure 1
State and local chamber of commerce officials on Friday urged support for a ballot measure that imposes stricter rules in allowing citizens to put issues on an election ballot.

Total cost for controlling Alaska's wildfires could top $100 million
The bill for Alaska's fire season could come to more than $106 million to be split between the state and federal government, according to fire officials' preliminary estimates.

Candidates for Senate lunge for it
It's crunch time for politicians across the nation, and the two top contenders for Alaska's open U.S. Senate seat are criss-crossing the state in a final push to get their message out.

Photo: Performing at the convention
Eral Kingik performs with the Point Hope Eskimo Dancers on Friday during the Alaska Federation of Native Convention in Anchorage.

Alpine lakes at heart of Kensington plan
The surface of Lower Slate Lake is dark and glassy, reflecting the snowbound majesty of Lionshead Mountain.

Gauging the mine's effects on Berners Bay
Endangered sea lions, whales and sensitive fish stocks in Berners Bay are getting heightened scrutiny as a major deadline looms for the proposed Kensington Gold Mine.

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