Saturday, November 26, 2005

A tax on seniors for questionable expenses
After 40 years of living in Juneau, I have become eligible for senior tax benefits, which were a consideration for remaining in Juneau after retirement.

Why pipe our gas out?
Here is a thought: Those in the Alaska Legislature are in a huge hurry to give the North Slope gas reserves to some processor in the Lower 48.

Governor raids fund, gives away resources
While our governor gives away the farm and its resources, he has the gall, once again, to suggest a raid on the Alaska Permanent Fund for the purpose of revenue sharing with the various communities.

Who's the opportunist?
I laughed out loud when Gov. Murkowski dismissed critics of his jet purchase as "political opportunists."

Go stand in the corner
I just read the article about how they think seniors are abusing their city tax-exempt status because they buy gifts for their families or a meal once in a while dining out, yet the governor can blatantly steal our tax dollars to buy himself a damn jet airplane that the voting public said 'no' to.

Alaska needs to shake secrecy
I believe that wherever there is secrecy, there is always deception.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Grant brings art to students
Juneau's elementary students can now get an early start in art education.

Douglas tree to light up Third Street tonight
Douglas denizens young and old will gather in the 1100 block of Third Street tonight for the annual Douglas Community Tree Lighting, a 5-year-old event sponsored by the Douglas Fourth of July committee

Photo: Thanksgiving dinner
Ted Rado receives a bun from Mayor Bruce Botelho at the end of a serving line during The Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at The Hangar at the Merchants Wharf.

Images from another time: Lassie visits, 1968
Alaska first lady Ermalee Hickel, Lassie, and regional forester Howard Johnson meet in June 1968 at the Governor's Mansion.

Getting fit to fight
How many pounds does one have to lift in order to beat cancer? A new group of fitness addicts are hitting the gym to find out.

Giving back
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School Principal Laury Scandling (left) accepts a $500 check from school board member, Margo Waring. Looking on are Superintendent Peggy Cowan (right) and Yaakoosge Americorps volunteer Christy Bergman.

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

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Southeast Regional Resource Center (SERRC)
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI
Births

Photo: A hairy pupil
Wayne Kubli fiddles while the bear on the wall at City Hall listens.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Madison Gregory
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

May, Rackley engaged
Erin Rackley of Juneau and Darrin May of Elmira Heights, N.Y., were engaged Nov. 1.

Lamb, Mello wed
Former Juneau resident Melissa Lamb of Coeurd'Alene, Idaho, and Ben Mello of Foster, R.I., were married Oct. 1 in The White Elephant Hotel in Nantucket Island, Mass.

I'm thankful for many reasons
As the wind and rain rattle my little house and threaten to tear off my siding, I find myself hunkering down and focusing on the short, disrupted school calendar set before me.

Alaska editorial: Boarding schools are worth the money
When it comes to educating rural Alaska students, Mt. Edgecumbe is a welcome success story.

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

Trial delayed in murder of teen pizza-parlor worker
The trial in the killing of a teenage worker at a pizza restaurant six years ago has been delayed again.

Elmendorf troops celebrate holiday away in Kyrgyzstan
U.S. troops deployed in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan celebrated the Thanksgiving Day holiday Thursday, complete with roast turkey, a parade of makeshift floats and a Santa Claus.

This Day in History
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