Word Of Mouth

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2001

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The article in last Sunday's Empire by Dave Barry was offensive to me. His topic was the $26 million that the Prince of Tonga has lost. While in my opinion, the prince was swindled and a crime has been committed against him and his country, anybody can be swindled, and to laugh at him and the Tonganese people is belittling. I would suppose there are many folks living in the United States from Tonga. Here in Juneau there are several families. These people are very pleasant, friendly, industrious, trusting and kind. The way Dave Barry criticized these people - from their Web site, which I think is very well-done, to their prince, to their vampire bats eating children - I found to border on ethnic slurs. Dave Barry may think he is funny, but this time I think he over-stepped his boundaries.

Suzanne Haight

If you came to the Douglas Post Office on Saturday, Nov. 3, and bought stamps or mailed a package and paid with cash, you may have been given an extra crisp $100 bill with your change. So if you were wondering where that extra cash came from, now you know.

Dean Ruby

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