Letters to the editor (5/1/12)

Bikers, please wear your helmet

It's great to see so many people out on their bikes but probably half of the people I see aren't wearing a helmet. One woman was riding her bike, zooming across an intersection with her helmet clipped to her backpack! Please, please, wear your helmet, everyone knows what can happen if you don't.

-- Justine Sanders


Doogan a singular legislator and should keep dishing out wisdom

I am technically not Rep. Mike Doogan's constituent, but informally I have been one for a long time.

His wonderful newsletter has provided me with a bright light about legislative happenings in Juneau.

His unique humor has helped me keep my sense of political reality balanced.

I want to wish him the very best in whatever undertaking he chooses. I'm hoping most of all that he will return to be a regular columnist or blogger to dish out the real deal so that all of us can keep in the know about Alaska politics and politicians.

-- Lillian Wilder


Public must be informed on value of immunizations

I am currently a student at UAA, and while taking anatomy and physiology and microbiology this semester, it has come to my attention that a large number of our adult population is lacking current vaccinations. I'm sure there may be many stubborn adults that decline or refuse to update their immunizations, but many adults have not been educated or notified that they need to update their vaccinations. In recent years there has been a rise in whooping cough outbreaks. And many of these cases stem from older adults that may have a weakened immune system and did not receive a pertussis booster.

Many people think that once they have had the initial immunization they are protected for life. Unfortunately that is not the case. Some vaccines need to be given as a booster every few years or so. I feel that health care providers should strongly advise and educate the public on how important it is to update your vaccinations.

-- Bristyl Bailey


A proposed agreement between bikers and pedestrians on trails

To Anchorage bike trail users: The trails are yours. They're mine too. Will you keep these promises?

Do you promise to stay to the right and not stray all over the trail when you are using it?

I do.

Do you promise to pull over or otherwise step to the side of the trail if you meet up with a friend, so you're not standing in the middle of the trail blocking other users from both directions?

I do.

Do you promise to keep your pets on a leash and not let them wander all over the trail?

I do.

Do you promise to teach your children proper trail etiquette?

I do.

Do you promise to not walk with friends down the trail as if you are the only ones on it?

I do.

Do you promise not to be a high-speed racer when the trails are at their peak of usage?

I do.

Do you promise to share the trails with your fellow community members?

I do.

-- Marie Aydlette


Baiting likened to greasy spoon

Ted Nugent's recent legal adventure brings something to mind. Ever the avid "sportsman," Nugent frequently uses chemical attractants as bait. I offer the following analogy:

Animal baiting is to the sport of hunting as a greasy spoon's blue plate special is to fine dining.

-- Erik Wegscheider


Loose dogs unsafe, unpleasant

I just watched a huge Saint Bernard, a large golden retriever and an equally large black dog running loose together in our neighborhood -- Heritage Estates in Eagle River. They are only a few of the loose dogs that run through each day -- not only creating a safety issue for the children and adult residents (and their dogs that are leashed or fenced) but also leaving behind their waste for someone other than their owners to pick up. The melted snow revealed amazing quantities of dog excrement, and more is being deposited daily!

Please, please, please don't let your dogs run, and pick up after them if you are walking with them. Help our neighborhood be a safer and more pleasant place to walk. Thank you.

-- Joan Harris

Eagle River