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November 12, 2004

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Forever thankful to those who serve
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jpg Michael ReaganMichael Reagan: Through the Looking Glass - Observing the frenzied reactions of the blue state elites to the election results is like joining Alice in going through the looking glass and finding oneself facing giant white rabbits with oversized watches proclaiming they are late, and a strange gentleman wearing a collection of outlandish hats. All around these bizarre characters are discarded Kerry-Edwards buttons and signs. - More...
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photosKetchikan: Forever thankful to those who serve - Addressing those who gathered at Ketchikan's Centennial Square Thursday to honor the patriotism and service of all American veterans, Alaska's American Legion Commander and local resident Jim Van Horn quoted writer Cynthia Ozick saying those things that most deserve our gratitude are often taken for granted - freedom, our Constitution, a good job, a wonderful family. Van Horn said our military veterans should be on that gratitude list.

Commander Van Horn said, "By honoring veterans we remember their valor - and we reflect on why they fought." He continued saying, "Veterans fought to preserve the values of America. They fought to preserve our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They fought because our country asked them to take up arms. They went where they were sent. Did what they had to do. And prayed they would survive and return home to family and friends. Some did not. We remember them with solemn ceremonies every Memorial Day."

In his address, Van Horn said, "However, Veterans Day is for those veterans who are still here. Men and women who are making a difference now in communities like ours around the nation." Van Horn said today there are nearly 25 million veterans with less than half of them over the age of 65. He said, if you look around those attending today, you might ask where are the younger veterans? Van Horn said, "Most likely, they are at work right now - making a difference for tomorrow. They are teachers, law enforcement officers, Doctors, Nurses, Engineers. Name the skill - you'll find veterans working there." He said, "We understand that they need to be working today. But in years to come - when you and I are no longer alive - they will be here. They will not forget us, just as we do not forget those who came before us." - More...
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Alaska: Governor Talks Energy, Trade in Thailand - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski met Wednesday with government and business officials in Thailand to discuss a wide range of issues. Murkowski is in Bangkok leading a trade mission for the Council of State Governments in his capacity as the organization's president. - More...
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photosThe State Capitol and Its Marble and keeping the capital in Juneau - A recent news item in the Anchorage daily paper mentioned that a group of Juneau boosters, chaired by Mayor Bruce Botelho, hope to build a new Alaska Capitol building to be leased to the state at completion. They call themselves the Capitol Planning Commission and expect to announce a nationwide design competition in November. A new Capitol building would replace Juneau's present six-story Art Deco treasure. The old six-story building, its imposing façade featuring four gracious marble columns quarried in Southeastern Alaska, is a stately structure matching the grandeur of the setting that is home to picturesque downtown Juneau. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
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