Nov. 1, 2012
To the editor:
The resources (oil, fish, timber, minerals etc.) of Alaska belong to our state and help us develop the community services/resources we want and value. Elected officials are placed in office by voters to represent our state’s best interest and support their constituents by meeting with them and knowing their specific needs. Unfortunately outside money/interests and partisan politics are a frightening influence on our election. I want our representatives and senators at all levels of government to vote first for Alaska’s best interest, not a party or oil company. An elected official should be heard for the quality of ideas that they present, not because of their party affiliation. Decisions must be made that support our entire state’s best interest — for now and for the future. Our governor and some candidates have forgotten who they are working for and their mission. We need all ideas to have a voice and work together for the best interest of our state.
Local candidates who have risen above party and big money politics are: Scott Kawasaki, David Guttenberg, Bob Miller, Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan, Candidates who have pledged to support Alaska interests and work with all elected officials are: Janice Golub, Dave Watts and Anne Sudkamp. Sudkamp’s ideas are refreshingly open and honest and her approach to new issues will be backed by research and discussion.
Tammie Wilson has voted “no” on the issues that matter most to me: clean air, education and responsible resource development. She votes “yes” with our governor to give away oil, our most valuable resource, and on other partisan issues. She said she would decrease regulations on child-care workers without thinking about the potential consequences to our children. Her campaigns are financed by businesses that she supports, with total disregard for clean air and water that must always be a first consideration.
Please vote for the candidates who place our state interests first and rise above party politics to work together with other elected officials.