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Saturday, December 13, 2003

Gay lifestyle undermines fabric of society
I wholeheartedly and 100 percent agree with Ione Ackerm and the letter she wrote regarding gay marriages.

Literal guidance
Sarah Wolf's recent letter questions taking the Bible literally. It quotes an e-mail retort to Dr. Laura's citing of Leviticus 18:22 as authoritative. The e-mail mockingly asks for advice in following other biblical passages from Exodus and Leviticus in several contrived situations.

Engaging in 'cruel talk'
I was outraged by Ione Ackerman's Dec. 7 letter in reference to Ellie Sica's Dec. 5 letter entitled "Is gay marriage a threat?"

Machine tally less than perfect
I've been paying attention in the last couple of weeks to my grocery store receipts. Each market I tried had some error or another - always in the store's favor. At one, of all the items I bought, 15 percent rang up higher than the shelf price.

No 'right' to a smoke-free bar
Smoking is offensive and it emits carcinogens harmful to humans into the air. However, I can never recall a situation in which I was exposed to secondhand smoke that was not either voluntary or that I could not escape from, had I wanted to leave.

Correction
Corections to Dec. 11 issue of the Juneau Empire.

Photo: Passing through
A male orca whale travels through Gastineau Channel on Thursday outside of Aurora Harbor. Four orcas were seen together in the channel during the afternoon high tide.

Union manager Duncan cleared on ethics complaint
Union business manager Jim Duncan, former commissioner of the Department of Administration, will not face disciplinary action related to an ethics complaint filed against him, according to the state Department of Law.

FYI
Births, judgments and other legal proceedings.

Nine special ed parents share frustration
Some parents believe they have to work harder to see their children educated. But they don't believe they should have to.

Molly Smith first finds 'Gold'
Midway through rehearsals for the first production of "Pure Gold," almost 25 years ago, director and Perseverance Theatre founder Molly Smith was convinced the play would be a disaster.

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

Initiative could connect Alaskans via TV, Internet
Southeast Alaskans anywhere in the region could watch graduations from afar, virtually tour Craig's new high school or see municipal government meetings under a plan envisioned by Juneau Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Todd Saunders.

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

Photo: Gastineau Channel Champs, 1929
This photograph of the Gastineau Channel Champs baseball team was taken in 1929 by Ed Andrews.

Fiscal gap road show hits Juneau
As head of the state House Ways and Means Committee, Anchorage Republican Rep. Mike Hawker's mission is to craft a long-range fiscal plan for Alaska.

Photo: Remembering victims
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Juneau Youth board members Alisa Simpson, left, and Naomi Sadighi help tie ribbons in remembrance of the 135 Alaska victims who were killed because of drunk driving between 2000-2002.

Juneau Digest
Local community news in brief.

... for friendship and caring
Dear friends, we can't begin to thank you for all the flowers, food, calls and visits during our recent loss.

... for helping with field trip
Ms. Yerkes' and Ms. Frame's classes would like to thank Terry Schwarts, Marianne Manning, Shannon Seifort, Lisa Golisek, Paul Snow, Merilee, Snow and Shanna Galluzzo for making our career exploration field trip possible.

... from the symphony
The Juneau Symphony musicians, chorus members and board would like to thank everyone who attended the performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 last month. We had a full house on Saturday and almost a full house on Sunday.

... to Constance Hartle
The Juneau Community Charter School would like to thank Constance The Juneau Community Charter School would like to thank Constance Hartle for the wonderful work she has done through the Artist In the Schools program.

... for re-igniting memories
All of us at Wildflower Court would like to thank our neighbors, the Juneau Lyric Opera, for their performance of "High Tea" in our home.

Fields and McDonald wed
Maggie McDonald of Seattle, Wash., and David Fields of Juneau were married in a ceremony on July 26 at St. Peter and Paul Church in Grangeville, Idaho. A reception followed at the McDonald family ranch.

Ford and Palomino Alcala to marry
Kathy Lynn Ford of Ketchikan and Marko Alexis Palomino Alcala of Lima, Peru, will marry in a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 15, at Mendenhall Glacier. A reception will be held July 31, 2004, at the Pearson's Pond Luxury Resort and Adventure Spa in Lima, Peru.

... for participating
Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) and ORCA would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for making the Fifth Annual Auction the most successful ever.

Class 4A state wrestling rankings
The state's top Class 4A high school wrestlers in each weight division from the Dec. 4 rankings posted on the AlaskaWrestling.com Web site.

Boozer scores 28 as Cavs beat Pistons
In board rooms, on chalkboards, and in dreams, this was the way the Cleveland Cavaliers were supposed to play this season. Beat the opposition up with interior strength, get production and steady nerves from the bench players, and let the future stars take over down the stretch.

Wrestlers home for last time
There still are nearly two months left in the high school wrestling season. So you can understand why Juneau-Douglas High School senior captain Dennis Hall just realized this weekend will be the final home meets of his career.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Wolves prey on dogs in Ketchikan again
Local dogs have been falling prey to wolves in a repeat of events last spring. Boyd Porter, wildlife management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said he has received reports of two dogs killed by wolves and others injured.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Homeland Security asking for info on gangs
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has asked federal immigration officials here to investigate gangs in Alaska. Robert Eddy, assistant special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Alaska, said he received a letter with instructions this week from his headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Moose on patrol
Lisa Teaford holds up 3-year-old Lucy Teaford to get a better view of the moose outside their front door Tuesday in Anchorage. This young calf seemed very comfortable coming up to doors in the neighborhood and cleaned out any leftover pumpkins from the area.

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