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That's a nice Christmas gift. Ketchikan waits anxiously each year about this time, just like the kids do for Christmas morning, to discover what the next cruise ship schedule looks like.

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Phillip Dean Nehl, 59, died Dec. 10, 2014, in Ketchikan after a long battle with heart failure.
4/17/2014
Skip the trip

Stay home.

Save the expense of a trip to Alaska.

The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., says it's sending protesters to the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 1.

Church members are offended by what they call “idols” at the center. Beyond that, they just don't seem to like Alaska's Native cultures very much.

But it takes a willful ignorance to see idols in artifacts, or to automatically see unholiness in another culture.

Possessing high regard for the artifacts at the Alaska Native Heritage Center is not idolatry. Explaining Alaska's Native cultures is no sin.

We suggest that the Kansas church members stay home and find constructive ways to improve their own communities.

Alaska and Alaskans can take care of Alaska and Alaskans.