Oct. 31, 2012
To the editor:
Ermalee Hickel and Bella Hammond’s recent endorsement for the re-election of incumbents from the Senate bipartisan working group rings out crisp and clear. These two savvy first ladies saw their husbands put Alaska’s interests ahead of partisan politics time and again, and they speak “truth from power.”
We would do well to follow their advice and re-elect these men who have exemplified “courage and leadership:” Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan. The Joes, from their seats on Senate Finance (Thomas) and Senate Resources (Paskvan, co-chairman), have been pivotal members of the biartisan working group. Together with incumbent Reps. David Guttenberg, Scott Kawasaki and Bob Miller, they have shown a willingness to be open-minded and fair, while working across the aisle. They propose a strategy of short, medium and long-term energy fixes, ranging from energy vouchers in the short-term to a natural gas pipeline that would lower energy costs across the board.
In addition, they absolutely refuse to endorse a $2 billion oil tax giveaway that requires no increase in oil production. Their convictions exemplify the type of thinking we need to transition Alaska to economic maturity and sustainable development.
Their absolute commitment to the highest standards of K-12 and university education makes the choice even more obvious: these are the legislators we need to represent our interests.
I stand with Bella and Ermalee and hope you will too.