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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Oct. 31, 2012

To the editor:

David Guttenberg has been my representative for many years, and he has always done a good job listening to his constituents and working with others in the Legislature. He has been a strong supporter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and developing oil and gas resources in a way that maximizes benefits to Alaskans.

Now David’s district will encompass a large rural area stretching from Ester down to the mouth of the Yukon River. I am confident that David will also listen and work closely with his new rural constituents to address their needs.

On the other hand, David’s opponent, Alan Dick, has developed a track record of shooting from the hip without consulting constituents. Mr. Dick introduced resolutions to the Legislature that would have stopped or severely restricted the proposed reintroduction of wood bison into the lower Yukon and Innoko River area. He never consulted with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to get the facts straight and provided inaccurate information on the Endangered Species Act to the House Resources Committee. Worse, his resolutions were in direct conflict with resolutions of support for wood bison adopted by the Grayling, Anvik, Shageluk and Holy Cross Fish and Game Advisory Committee and the local village councils. Mr. Dick never consulted with his constituents in this area before taking action; instead he merely presumed that he knew what was best for them.

David Guttenberg has been a strong supporter of wood bison reintroduction and will work with local residents others to resolve concerns about the ESA and other issues so that both wood bison and other resource development can proceed in harmony. Likewise, David will continue to work cooperatively with other members of the Legislature to ensure that Alaskans get a fair return on oil and gas development.

I encourage voters to support Reps. David Guttenberg, Scott Kawasaki and Bob Miller and Sens. Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan, who have demonstrated their commitment to working cooperatively on oil taxation and other issues for the benefit of all Alaskans and will not be “buffaloed” into giving tax breaks to the oil industry with no guarantees of increased investment.

Randy Rogers

Fairbanks

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