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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 12:00 am

Oct. 25, 2012

To the editor:

What if I told you that Gov. Sean Parnell, the former oil company lobbyist, is telling Alaskans to fork over $2 billion per year, every year, to the oil companies? No local hire, no guarantees for exploration, not a single requirement, just fork over the money. The equivalent of three Permanent Fund dividends per year, every year, for every adult in Alaska. You’d probably think that this was a joke, but you’d be wrong. This is happening.

The oil industry is spending hundreds of thousands to convince you to support this giveaway. Oil companies are the richest corporations in the world, but they want us to give them more.

Wake up, Alaskans. Last session, Parnell got the giveaway through the House, and it was only stopped by the bipartisan coalition in the Senate. Bottom line, if the Senate bipartisan coalition is broken up, fork it over. Parnell delivers his gift to his oil buddies.

The question for Fairbanksans now is “Which politicians will put the oil companies ahead of the citizens?” In the House, Tammie Wilson already voted for the giveaway. In the Senate, John Coghill, Alan Dick and Pete Kelly either support the giveaway outright or will try to break the Senate coalition — either way, the scam goes through.

Think hard about this: $2 billion cut from Alaska’s annual budget is a lot of law enforcement, capital projects, education, health care, transportation, etc. I challenge Alaskans to investigate the claims on both sides of this issue and then vote.

Ryan Tinsley

Fairbanks

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