Word of Mouth

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute and we reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel. The number to call in 586-4636. Then press 8255 to leave your message.

The helicopters were flying low last weekend to view the Christmas lights and to benefit neurofibromatosis victims . I don't know why everybody is so grumpy about it.

I believe the helicopters that flew low over the homes in the valley last weekend were fund-raising. I just can't believe how constantly people in Juneau complain.

If the person that complained about the helicopters flying low over the valley last weekend had read the Empire they would have seen that those helicopters were taking people on tours of the beautiful lights of the valley and the proceeds were donated to a very worthy cause. This happens every year at this time and is very welcome, in my opinion. Read the paper before you call and complain.

I just wanted to say thanks to Alaska Coastal Helicopters for a great tour of the Christmas lights and a wonderful fund-raiser for the Christmas season. They did a great job.

The helicopter and fixed-wing-aircraft people earned over $5,000 for neurofibromatosis.

Helicopter noise on Saturday was easy to dismiss. It was a one-day annual event to raise money for medical research. Likewise, occasional ambulances, firetrucks and medivac flights don't annoy. They are the sound of aid being given. I live under the flight path of summer sightseeing helicopter tours. It is that loud and my house vibrates that much every day of decent weather. I must support noise control in our community and I hope you will join me.

Tony Knowles is a top prospect for becoming the secretary of Energy in President-elect Bush's cabinet. I am excited and I support this idea because he would add a lot of national stature to Alaska. Would Juneau and Alaska support this?

There you go, ferry-huggers. Another price increase. Pretty soon you won't be able to drive out of town on the ferry.

I really enjoyed the Tongass trails program on KTOO by Pete Griffin on Tuesday morning.

To the person who thinks that when Mark Farmer is given an inch he takes a mile: One also could say that he knows a good opportunity when he sees one. An opportunity that is beneficial to the general public a great deal.

To all the people calling about stereos getting too loud: I usually keep mine down through residential neighborhoods but if sometimes I forget it only takes about 15 seconds to pass by your house.

I was watching the news and they said many communities had stopped putting fluoride in their water systems because of health problems. When is the city of Juneau going to do the same?

I'm for the high school setting up a web page or a hotline so the teenagers that drive to school have to register their license plates so that in the morning when it's icy out and you get passed by a high-schooler weaving in and out of traffic doing 70 mph we can call in the license plate number or go to the web page and the school can issue a warning or let the police know or let the kid's parents know. It might save a teenager's life.

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