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Letter to the Editor

Bipartisan superheroes

To the editor: Last week when the smoke was so thick that we could not breathe here in the Interior, and when things were so depressing with the governor’s senseless vetoes to the budget, my family went to the movies. We ended up seeing the new “Spiderman” movie where we hoped to forget our worries for a few hours. It was nice to believe in a superhero who could save the world, even though some of the political and cultural subtext in the film led me to return to more somber musings after the movie’s end.

Truly, though, there are heroes everywhere I look these days, and this should help us all keep the faith in troubled times. Firefighters came from across the U.S. and from right here in our community to contain the blazes. Visiting fighter pilots showed their prowess at the Eielson airshow, supported by the local service members who displayed their dedication and patriotism to our community. Journalists and everyday citizens advocate tirelessly and explain the truth daily. Members of the UA Board of Regents and the UA staff continue to move cautiously in a time of impossible decision-making.

And there are the several members of our Interior delegation who deserve to be recognized as superheroes. I applaud the bipartisan efforts of Sens. Click Bishop, John Coghill and Scott Kawasaki, and of Reps. Steve Thompson, Grier Hopkins, Bart LeBon and Adam Wool. They and their dedicated staff members have shown true courage by continually reaching across the aisle and working to seek bicameral consensus. Kudos to the legislators like them everywhere. I might even go so far as to call those actions superpowers, indeed.

Growing up in Indiana as a Gen Xer, my heroes were Republican Sen. Richard Lugar and Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton, who never failed to engender broad-based consensus in all they did. I never believed their bipartisanship could become such a rare and unique superpower. Keep using that power, though, because it will be what saves our state.

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