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Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012 11:52 pm

Letter to the Editor

Dec. 1, 2012

To the editor:

In response to a plea by the borough for homeowners to switch to a safer alternative heat source for their homes and families during frigid temperatures, I say: Provide one at a reasonable price.

It’s a hard fact that Interior Alaska is cold. Homes need heat. That we live here at all is testament to our fortitude, endurance and work ethics.

You ask us to refrain from wood heat when it’s cold. Give me an alternative, priced fairly or at least close to what I can heat with wood, and I will.

I burn both wood and fuel oil. My house is in good shape and fairly well built and insulated. I consider myself to be an ethical man as well as “green” minded. It’s unfortunate that it gets as cold as it does here, but that’s life. Yeah, we can’t blame it on inversions, but we still need to keep warm, and until a cheaper mode of operation comes along, we’ll do what is necessary.

This is a unique area. The federal government and its Environmental Protection Agency will just have to understand and quit blackmailing us with their damned highway funding. They don’t live here, we do. We can deal with things ourselves. The last thing anybody needs is advice or money from that bloated and incompetent organization.

Matthew McCarter

North Pole

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