Letter to the editor
Oct. 22, 2012
To the editor:
Given the choice between Rep. David Guttenberg and Rep. Alan Dick, I know which I would choose.
While I was serving as president of NEA-Alaska, Rep. Dick requested a meeting with me to discuss education issues. During the meeting, he stated the bill (HB 145) to support public money for private schools was “going nowhere.” He said he was opposed to the idea.
He said the bill was “going nowhere” but did nothing to stop it from moving out of the committee he chaired. In fact, Rep. Dick recommended “do pass.” The bill made it to the House floor, but there were not enough votes to support it and no vote was taken.
Rep. Dick claims to care about public education and the villagers he represents. A bill of this type is counter to the state constitution, which clearly prohibits using public funds for private schools. It would take funds away from our neediest public schools and the children they serve.
I support Rep. David Guttenberg because he tells me what he believes and does not rely on the directives of others to decide what is right. As votes were being counted on whether the House would be able to pass the bill, Rep. Guttenberg was true to his word and would have been a solid “no” vote. He told me he opposed the bill and stood firm in his opinion of it.
Do we want a representative who only does what he is told by others in the majority, or do we want someone who thinks for himself and does what is right? I urge you to vote for David Guttenberg.