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June 03, 2007
Ward Lake: Sitka Black-tailed
Front Page Photo by Elizabeth E. Harrison
Fish Factor: "Food
miles" track how far food travels to reach consumer By
LAINE WELCH - As people around the world ponder ways to protect
our planet from the impacts of global warming, "food miles"
are being used as a measure of how far food travels before it
reaches the consumer. The logic is the fewer miles foods are
transported the less fuel is used, thereby reducing the "carbon
footprint" on the environment.
The concept of food miles is
being embraced by Big Business. At a gathering last week at the
Monterey Aquarium, Whole Foods, Bon Appetit and Wal-Mart announced
they are doing more to reduce the distances they use in transporting
the foods they purchase.
"I think food miles is
going to be the next big issue of sustainability," Peter
Redmond, Wal-Mart's vice president in charge of seafood said
in press reports.
Redmond called supporting sustainability
issues "good for business" and part of Wal-Mart's "business
plan." Last year the world's largest retailer led the charge
to source its seafoods only from fisheries certified as sustainable
and well managed by the international Marine Stewardship Council.
Alaska's largest fisheries
- salmon, pollock and halibut - have the MSC stamp of approval.
That gives Alaska a big advantage in terms of 'earth friendly'
seafood purchases. But how will Alaska's distance from markets
be affected by food miles?
"My first response is
you've got to get the fish from where the fish are. They are
going to have to source Alaska seafood from Alaska, regardless
of whether it's close or far," said Ray Riutta, director
of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
Riutta said sourcing products
closer to home is a great concept - if you have them. While it's
good to be idealistic, it's also important to be realistic.
"Half the seafood produced
in the U.S. comes from Alaska, so the reality is that a lot of
the seafood going into these stores will come from Alaska, regardless
of the distance. If they want wild seafood they're going to have
to get it from Alaska," he said.
Riutta added that reducing
'food miles' and 'carbon footprints' is part of a larger trend
toward protecting the environment, and ultimately, he believes
that will reflect well on Alaska.
"We have a heck of a good
story to tell. Clearly, we've got the best sustainability story
in the world, so anyone who is interested in supporting well
managed fisheries is going to source their seafood from Alaska
first," he said.
Riutta added that it will be
a challenge to make sure the buying public is aware of what Alaska
has to offer "in terms of our seafood coming from a state
that takes great pride in protecting its natural environment."
Sunday - June 03, 2007
would like 'no child' law left behind By THOMAS HARGROVE
and GUIDO H. STEMPEL III - Nearly two-thirds of American
adults want Congress to re-write or outright abolish the landmark
No Child Left Behind Act that mandates nationwide testing of
elementary students to determine if public schools are performing
Opposition is especially high
among people most familiar with the law, according to a survey
of 1,010 adults conducted by Scripps Howard News Service and
Controversy about the law has
grown in recent months as Congress begins the debate on whether
to reauthorize the measure that President Bush has touted is
one of the most important achievements of his administration.
"The No Child Left Behind
Act has worked for America's children and I ask Congress to reauthorize
this good law," Bush urged legislators during his last State
of the Union address.
But dissent against reauthorization
has developed within his own party. Fifty-two Republican House
members and five GOP senators are calling for a repeal of the
law in favor of a more flexible system of achievement standards
to be negotiated between the Department of Education and individual
"This expensive and largely
unsuccessful legislation has broadened the scope of the federal
government's role in education," Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich.,
said while introducing his bill.
Participants in the poll were
told that No Child Left Behind "requires states to test
elementary students to determine if schools do a good job teaching.
Critics say the law forces teachers to teach to a particular
test. From everything you've heard, do you think the No Child
Left Behind Act has been good for public schools or not good?"
Only about a third said they
think the law has had a positive influence on public education
while slightly less than half said it has had a negative impact
and a fifth were undecided.
A few respondents volunteered
different answers that were generally critical of the law.
"The schools should have
more leeway," said the mother of two public school children
from Lexington, S.C.
"It was a good theory,
but the implementation has been faulty," remarked another
mother with three children from Elmhurst, N.Y.
"No Child Left Behind
created unfunded mandates which force teachers to teach to the
test," complained a single woman from Tonopah, Nev.
"States should have more
control over their education programs," said a mother from
Respondents in the poll were
also asked: "Based upon everything you've heard, do you
want Congress to renew the No Child Left Behind law, do you want
Congress to make changes in the law or do you want Congress to
cancel the No Child Left Behind law?" - More...
Sunday - June 03, 2007
Ward Lake: Duckling
Front Page Photo by
Elizabeth E. Harrison
Washington Calling: Walter
Reed escapes ax; PAC watchdogs; more By LISA HOFFMAN - A
Washington watchdog group is inviting you to engage in some "CSI"
work, which, in this case, means "Campaign Spending Investigation."
The Center for Responsive Politics
is asking the public to help them figure out which Capitol Hill
lawmakers are pulling the strings behind the scenes of about
30 "mystery" fundraising political action committees.
Under current rules, these
politicians do not have to disclose their control of their so-called
"leadership PACs," which they use as vehicles to give
themselves campaign cash or reward fellow legislators with donations
-- often as a way to curry future favor for their own political
So the watchdogs hope you can
help them unmask who's behind these "mystery PACs,"
which include Penguin PAC (which gave $35,000 to Democratic lawmakers
last year), Serving America's Citizens PAC (source of $31,000
to Republicans), and Dam PAC ($21,000 to Republicans).
The full list is at www.opensecrets.org.
Send your findings, along with documentation, to MysteryPACs(at)crp.org.
X X X
Looks like Walter Reed Army
Medical Center won't be closing anytime soon. Doomed by the 2005
base-closing commission, the landmark facility was given what
could be a decade-long stay when Congress slipped in a provision
in the Iraq war funding bill last week postponing its closure
until new facilities are built and fully equipped at the Bethesda
Naval Medical Center in nearby Maryland and Fort Belvoir over
the Potomac in Virginia.
Given the pace of planning
for those projects -- and the significant local opposition due
to traffic and sprawl concerns -- the premier hospital for the
war wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan should remain in business
long after its 2011 shutdown date. - More...
Sunday - June 03, 2007
Columns - Commentary
Ward Lake: Ducklings
Front Page Photo by
Elizabeth E. Harrison
Weight Instantly: Become Canadian - Lately, I've been getting
a lot of email about something called "Hoodia."
Supposedly it helps you lose weight.
You want to really lose weight?
Fly on a float plane. No, really.
Airline regulations require you to announce very loudly to the
ticket agent - in front of your fellow travelers - just how much
you weigh (and you have to add 10 extra pounds because they know,
and you know, that you are lying). It's enough to make a beanpole
go on a diet. But as usual, I digress.
Anyway, the purveyors of "Hoodia" think that I need
to get some of their product in order to slim down to my appropriate
Fine. I'm not as thin as I used to be. I suppose it's the healthy
thing to do. I was already pondering going on a "health
kick" before the person standing next to me at the floatplane
counter said "gee, you must be pretty big boned!"
But why "Hoodia?"
According to the info in the "spam," it is a plant
from Southern Africa that suppresses your appetite and if you
don't feel like eating, you lose weight.
I guess that makes sense. Just about anytime anything plantlike
(especially of the green vegetable variety) is put in front of
me my appetite immediately decreases. That will always be the
case until rib-eye steaks start growing on trees.
So, so much for "Hoodia."
I can get the same result by staring down a plate of broccoli.
Sunday - June 03, 2007
City issues RFP for New Library
Site - responses due June 15th. Proposal documents are available
from the Public Works Director, 2930 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan,
Alaska, and on the City of Ketchikan Web Site (Download the Request for Proposals - PDF)
Three copies of the proposal
labeled, "Proposal for Property Acquisition, Contract No.
07-24", are to be submitted by 3:00 p.m., prevailing local
time, June 15th, 2007 to the office of: Katherine Suiter, City
Clerk City of Ketchikan, 334 Front Street, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
A public hearing will be held
at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on Thursday, June 7, 2007 from 1:00
PM until 3:00 PM regarding the City of Ketchikan's proposed adoption
of the 2006 International Fire Code including state and
local amendments. There will also be discussion regarding the
proposed revisions to the Ketchikan Municipal Code (KMC), Title
18, "Fire Prevention." Discussions will include: Road
Grades and fire department access issues, the installation and
maintenance of fire sprinkler systems within the city limits of
Ketchikan, and other life safety issues.
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will do anything for our children EXCEPT... By Al Johnson
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