Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Diversified media needed for democracy
The public needs more information and less propaganda in order to make rational decisions in a democracy. The more consolidated the media becomes, the more danger there is that it will become mainly a propaganda device for those in power to manipulate public opinion, as in the media lead-up to the Iraq War.

Prepare for more litigation
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council doesn't care about people or jobs, deep down they do not really care about the environment. What they do care about is the people's access to and use of natural resources without their involvement.

The Salvation Army dump-zone dilemma
It seems to me that there have been several letters to the editor in recent months about the "dumping" of "stuff" at the Salvation Army and the cost to the organization for the disposal of useless donations.

Do nothing about global warming claims
In regard to the Orlando Sentinel editorial the Empire published on Dec. 20, "It's irresponsible for the U.S. to dodge the fight on global warming," it seems to me that the U.S. is taking a leadership role.

PFD should be doled out in lump sum
It is a time for giving and a time to spread the blessings of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. Now that we have more than $70 billion in the permanent fund, we should take it aside and give $25,000 to each Alaskan.

Alaska should use hydro and wind energy
Southeast Alaska has the British thermal unit equivalent of the North Slope in clean, renewable energy: Hydro, tidal, wind and geo-thermal.

2007: Year in Photos Part I
Looking back: Every day, the Empire's photographers have an opportunity to capture unique images in Juneau. Here are some of their favorite shots from 2007.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Juneau shoppers crowd stores for last-minute gifts
On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, cars backed up for 400 yards on Egan Drive in-bound waiting to make the turn into Fred Meyer as last-minute shoppers flooded into the parking lot.

AroundTown

Children connect with letters to Russia
At a time of cooling relations between the U.S. and Russian governments, a group of Juneau elementary school students are building a warm friendship with children in the central Russian city of Saransk.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

2007: Year in Photos Part II
Looking back: Every day, the Empire's photographers have an opportunity to capture unique images in Juneau. Here are some of their favorite shots from 2007.

Around Town

Photo: Making a deal with Santa
Santa Claus, also known as Rick Helms, center, makes a "pinky swear" with Lauren Shanley-DeBuse, 12, to be good and not pick on her sister, Kate, 4, on Sunday at the Nugget Mall. The photo opportunity was a fundraiser for Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, a nonprofit community service organization.

Miriam Lois Lowe
Former Juneau resident Miriam Lowe died Dec. 17, 2007, in Vancouver, Wash. She was 90.

Outside editorial: The ins and outs of U.S. politics
What do the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign and comedian Michael Richards have in common? When feeling insecure, both appeal to social prejudices to de-legitimize their adversaries.

My turn: Use facts in justifying actions of Juneau's electric utility
This letter is in response to the My Turn column by Tim McLeod on Nov 26. McLeod stated, "Juneau's firm loads have grown and our hydro projects are now at full capacity with average annual precipitation."

My turn: AEL&P has performed well for community
The folks down at the electric company are probably rethinking their rate structure. Otherwise every year at this time, a number of ratepayers will be writing letters. People remember sudden cost increases. Cost savings slide by unnoticed.

My turn: City should enforce land use code
Thank you for your recent editorial on lack of enforcement of Juneau's land use code. Someone at the Juneau Empire has been doing their homework.

Outside editorial: Let's take a stand for the rule of law
Should a person who breaks the law be given retroactive immunity because he thought he was doing the right thing and because the government asked him to do it?

Outside editorial: The Spears pregnancy: Sending the wrong message
In homes with teenage girls across America last week, the big story was that teen TV star Jamie Lynn Spears is three months' pregnant.

My turn: Support avalanche forecasting
I am passionate about ice skating and skiing on frozen ice. I constantly observe the weather and ice conditions around Juneau so that I can take advantage of any safe outdoor ice opportunity. I take note as the ice develops.

Photo: Big game in Little Norway
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman Amanda Roemeling scores against Petersburg during the Little Norway junior varsity tournament on Saturday in Petersburg.

Disciplined loss shows growth for the Bears' hockey team
For a team that struggled scoring goals and putting shots on net, it's logical to think the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team was ecstatic after beating Tok High School 7-1 on Friday.

Stevens, Young defend earmarks
Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young are defending the use of congressional earmarks and their ability to direct piles of federal dollars to projects back home in Alaska.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Rule proposals for Chugach State Park draw objections
Trappers and hikers are both finding parts they don't like in a proposal to tighten trapping rules within Chugach State Park.

Alaska Digest
District to start classes later in '08; Driver accused of nipping vodka; Borough studies recreation options; Juries convict three for sexual assault

Fishermen face more quota cuts
Southeast Alaska's halibut fishing industry will face a lower catch limit again this season if recommendations made this month by the International Pacific Halibut Commission stand.

Photo: Spider expert
Brandi Fleshman holds her pet tarantula, Bob, on Thursday at the entomology lab in the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks.

Army closes Anchorage area where wolves have attacked dogs
The Army closed certain training areas at Fort Richardson to the public because of encounters between a pack of wolves and people walking or running with their dogs.

Northwest Digest
Red Cross of Alaska seeks donations; Anchorage manager takes a new job; Woman sentenced in dragging death; Gas line bidders give more information; Cuddy says he'll challenge Stevens; Congressman seeks BP records after fire; Group seeks listing for ribbon seals; Officials endorse wolf hunt proposal

Fairbanks looking to expand Internet
A plan is under way to expand free, low-speed wireless Internet access in Fairbanks next summer.

Researchers test the energy potential of winter sunlight
Researchers want to find out if interior Alaska's fleeting winter sunlight can be harnessed for energy.

Biologists fear effect of low ice on walrus
As federal marine mammal experts in Alaska scramble to study how global warming will affect walrus, polar bears and ice seals, they warn there are limits to the protections they can provide.

Southeast commercial fishermen question halibut charter guidelines
With the commercial fishing industry facing large cuts in its 2008 halibut take, some industry insiders are questioning what types of controls might be placed on charter operators.

Senate president drops her objection to dairy farmer relief
State Senate President Lyda Green said she would support using part of a $600,000 state grant to assist dairy farmers affected by the closure of state-owned Matanuska Maid.

Firefighters pick man, son for Christmas help
It was just one thing after another for Gabriel Wilburn.

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