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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 11:55 pm

Oct. 21, 2012

To the editor:

On Oct. 21, the Daily News-Miner published a community perspective article authored by Neil Davis, emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, titled “The big game is Nov. 6: Alaskans have $20 billion riding on the outcome.” After a rigorous mathematical analysis of Gov. Parnell’s plan, Davis referred to the plan as a “giveaway.” I agree.

The state of Alaska does not need to use tax incentives on existing producing North Slope oil fields. Incentives of various kinds are needed to encourage exploration of new undeveloped fields. Please read Davis’ analysis, available online at the News-Miner, and the comments.

It is of critical importance that Interior legislators not rubber stamp proposals of the executive branch. Based on past performance in the Legislature, please consider the following for re-election: Sens. Joe Thomas and Joe Paskvan and Reps. David Guttenberg, Bob Miller and Scott Kawasaki. Newcomer Dave Watts, a Democrat, says he will “stand up for Alaska” and is well versed in oil industry matters, and, as a university graduate, he is able to do critical thinking. Also Janice Golub, a Democrat — give her a chance; we will see how she represents the people of Alaska.

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