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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:

I’m looking forward to Rep. Alan Dick as my representative in District 38. His hard work, plain talk, energy and eager-to-learn approach to the issues provide a breath of fresh air.

I first met Alan 40-odd years ago around Sleetmute. He was new to the country and how to get along. He learned fast and with his good wife, Helen, born and raised nearby, they made a go of it and raised a family.

Alan got into teaching for steady work. Typically, he jumped in with both feet, devoted to his work. He learned what it took to teach well and was willing to challenge the conventional wisdom dictating curricula and class content. He’s learned — and taught, written and videotaped — about how to improve public education, especially for rural Alaskans but without falling into the common trap of being patronizing. He knows that taking individual responsibility for your life beats government hand-outs.

As a legislator, Rep. Dick’s passion has been to improve education across the board. But he also knows his responsibilities go beyond a single issue. So he works for solutions on other often unfamiliar issues. Notably, he even proposed different ideas resolving the tough oil tax issue. His letter to you published Oct. 30 makes that point. I think he’d be the last to claim an ideal solution on that issue, but he’s willing to put different ideas out there and see if they hold water.

District 38 voters, do yourself a favor and vote for Rep. Alan Dick. You’ll be glad you did.

Dick Bishop

Fairbanks

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