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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:00 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Oct. 31, 2012

To the editor:

Election Day is drawing near, and many of us are heaving a huge sigh of relief. Not because we think that things are going to go our way and “our guy” is going to win, but because we are tired of the discomfort that politics brings. It makes us think too much. It makes us doubt our beliefs, doubt our candidates and doubt our neighbors. It makes things uncomfortable.

Sometime we are confronted with the fact that those people we wave to as we go to our cars in the morning and give cookies to during the holiday season are really strangers that don’t think like us at all. I understand all that. I’ve lived it year after year as my husband ran and won twice for the state House and then the Senate. We lived through nasty phone calls, ugly letters and even death threats. My kids lived through it as they were growing up.

But even when things were at their worst, it was worth it. Why? Because not doing anything was worse. As someone wise once said, “All that’s necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.”

That is why Pete Kelly is running for Senate again. Both my husband and I were born in Fairbanks. We love this town and this state. We want businesses to succeed and people to invest in it, both financially and emotionally. We do not want to destroy the land, environment or anything that would make Alaska less than it is. It is frustrating when he is accused of this.

My husband saw a crisis looming that was not being fixed. He plans to do everything in his power to fix it. So once again we will face the letters, the lies and innuendo, the challenge to Pete’s honor and integrity and the massive push by lobby groups who fear his ability to get things done. We will face them proudly, and, after Election Day, it will be the voter who has decided what kind of future our children will have.

Perri Kelly

Fairbanks

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