Saturday, December 6, 2003

Showing courage, interest in truth
This is not my battle. Katie Hale speaks well enough for herself. But the adult responses to her My Turn that I've heard or read have been utterly condescending and dismiss the issues she writes about, choosing instead to express worries about her emotional state.

Anything but a 'healthy forest' law
President Bush has signed the so-called "Healthy Forest" legislation. We live in the middle of the largest federal national forest in the United States of America. The Tongass National Forest is the healthiest national forest in our system and the largest climax temperate rainforest left in the world. This piece of legislation will do nothing for the Tongass National Forest but make it "unhealthy."

More ski safety tips
This letter is in response to your Sunday, Nov. 30, story titled "Safety on the slopes." Although I really liked the physical fitness information in the article, it hardly touched on some other very important aspects of skier/snowboarder safety.

Business fee license increase unfair
I am a small business operator and I did hear about the hike increase for business licenses through the news on the radio when the city council passed it. I was getting ready for work and I about choked on my toothbrush.

Is gay marriage a threat?
I am writing this letter because of a recent issue that has been bothering me. I'll start out by asking the readers a question. How many of you really think homosexuality is evil and wrong?

Alaskans concerned about lack of Taku watershed land plan
At one end of the Taku River watershed is the Tulsequah Chief, an old multi-metal mine developers hope to reopen soon. Downstream, where the river empties into the Taku Inlet near Juneau, local fishermen harvest the watershed's abundant salmon population.

Clarification
The obituary for David Willard in Thursday's Empire did not mention that he also is survived by cousins, and one of the honorary pallbearers is Ervil Braman.

Teachers ratify contract giving them raises
Juneau's teachers on Thursday night quickly ratified a contract for this school year that gives them raises.

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

School district may cut up to 26 teachers
The Juneau School District may cut 26 teachers next school year to balance its budget, even as the School Board considers approving raises for teachers and offering raises to other employees.

Opponents debate changing smoking ordinance
Anti-smoking advocates and opponents will square off today on whether to make all of the city's workplaces and public places smoke-free.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal matters.

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

Nonprofits hope for generosity this time of year
Juneau's nonprofit organizations hope residents have generosity to spare this holiday season.

Bureau releases 2003 traveler study
Tourism officials plan to tap the independent traveler market with tours and sightseeing opportunities based on a new traveler study, Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Lorene Palmer said.

Weir and George to marry
Heather M. Weir of Juneau and Russell C. George of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 2 p.m., Jan. 10, 2004, at Northern Light United Church. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 8335 Old Dairy Rd.

Teacher Talk: Both hockey and literature can prove to be risky businesses
I have never been labeled as a risk taker. I ask permission to do things. I drive within the speed limit. I wear sensible shoes. Funny thing is, I ask my sophomore literature students to take risks daily.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

...for shoe drive support
... helping with fund-raiser

... for helping with fund-raiser
A belated and much deserved thank you to Juneau teacher and singer, John d'Armand, for adding his voice to the Opera to GO! fund-raiser. What a treat to hear this talented artist perform again! We appreciate you, John. Thanks for all you've done for the Juneau arts community.

Cruising Baja
With a smoky start and moments of screaming speed, several sailors with Juneau connections completed a 750-mile sailboat rally last month off the coast of Baja California.

Ashton and Painter married
Liana Wild Painter of Juneau and Stuart Ashton of Wrangell were married Oct. 11, 2003, in Juneau.

Robert 'Bob' E. Nyman
Lifetime resident Robert "Bob" E. Nyman, 60, died Nov. 30, 2003, at his home in Juneau.

My Turn: Should we build a road to Juneau? Do the math
When contemplating a major purchase it is wise to do some research before putting down your hard-earned cash. Is the product cost-effective? Reliable? Safe? Damaging to the environment? Attractive? Wanted by the people who would have to use it?

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.

Hoonah opens state tourney with a victory
The Hoonah Braves took a big step toward a return to the championship match with a four-game victory over Kenny Lake in Thursday's opening round of the Class 1A-2A-3A (West) state volleyball tournament.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation.

Photo: Surf's up
With the dormant volcano Mount Edgecumbe in the background, Martha Robertson surfs at Sandy Beach on Thursday in Sitka. Recent high winds have made for some good waves. Surfing season in Sitka is in the fall and winter during seasonal storms, according to Robertson.

Animal welfare groups seek protection for Alaska sea otters
Two animal welfare groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday to force the federal government to place an Alaska sea otter population on the endangered species list.

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