Just a realist
In regard to the response in Tuesday's Empire regarding "deportation," I would be obliged to comment further and answer your questions.

If statistical probability of an aircraft-bird strike causing an accident at the Juneau Airport is to be a determining factor in the decision to remove the trees around the airport, as suggested by Mr. Gray, then perhaps there should be an additional proposal for consideration. It's what I call ROAD (Reduce Our Airport Dependency). If there were an alternative way in and out of Juneau, perhaps the removal of the trees might be less of an issue.

Reduce road risks
On a recent Saturday morning, a drunk driver on Juneau's Egan Drive almost hit one of our Mothers Against Drunk Driving members, who called 911 to report the incident. With no police officers in the vicinity, it seemed something more needed doing. A visit to the police station and the on-duty sergeant yielded a rich lode of information.

Insults and assumptions
This letter is regarding Jackie Forster's My Turn on the School of the Americas and the responses to the article by Richard Schmitz and Chris Joy.

Terms of the deal
In reference to your Nov. 14 article concerning jet boat tours in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, we applauded DNR Commissioner Pourchot's decision to ban eagle baiting and to recognize that commercial use is not a traditional use in the preserve. The preserve was never intended to be a zoo.

Teen involved in police car chase gets 30 days
A teen-ager eluded police during a high-speed police chase last August because "he didn't want to get a speeding ticket," his lawyer told Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks on Friday.

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

Assembly scuttles boat tax
Juneau Assembly members put a new boat tax on hold Friday, opting to turn over the issue to a work group for more discussion.

Red Cross devotes Liberty Fund to victims of terrorists
The American Red Cross announced last week it will use its Liberty Fund solely for people affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Cruise initiative brought about federal, state laws
Imagine this: A government agency, faced with a complex and unprecedented problem, engages the private sector and the public in a cooperative program to define and resolve the issues.

Forum looks at bettering school climate
Success for all students, tolerance, parent involvement and valuing teachers would make for an ideal school, say local parents and teachers.

When Harry met Juneau
A 3yearold girl in pearls sang "Harry Harry Harry" as the sold-out crowd lined up for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on Saturday afternoon at Glacier Cinemas.

Around Town
Juneau events

My Turn: Don't discount the economic value of tourism
In the Nov. 14 edition of the Empire, Kim Metcalfe criticizes Empire publisher Don Smith's editorial comments regarding the tough economic conditions in Hawaii caused by recent downturn in travel. Don urges us to pay attention because, like Hawaii, we are heavily dependent on tourism for our economic health.

Empire editorials: Bears, dogs and politics; Airport controversy needs a dose of common sense
Topics: Bears, dogs and politics; Airport controversy needs a dose of common sense

My Turn: Alaska needs tourists; don't chase them away
Some local residents insist that Alaska's visitor industry is insulated from the events of Sept. 11.

My Turn: Garbage problem poses risk to people, bears
Last November the mayor formed the Ad Hoc Bear Committee. Following a summer of non-stop garbage and bear problems, a thousand bear-related calls to Juneau Police, and too many bears shot and killed for their indiscre

Sports in Juneau
Sports events

Better the second time around
When Juneau's Hannah Slotnick arrived at Mary Washington College last year, Slotnick was a typical freshman -- a little bit unsure of herself as she made the adjustment from high school to college.

Judge's abortion finding rejected
ANCHORAGE -- The Alaska Supreme Court has rejected a Superior Court judge's ruling that the state should not require minors to get permission before having an abortion.

Around the state
Groups seek Thanksgiving help; Lobbyist indicted on fraud charges; Get those trout now; Poll shows support for smoking ban; Cattle roundup planned near Kodiak

Company will sell wireless licenses
WASHINGTON -- The government settled its long airwaves battle with NextWave Telecom Inc. on Friday with a $16 billion deal that could improve service for mobile-phone customers in dozens of U.S. cities.

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