Letter to the Editor

Column wrong on recall

To the editor: Cynthia Henry’s March 1 Community Perspective in defense of Gov. Dunleavy reveals that she is either badly misinformed or she is simply distorting the facts for political advantage.

She insinuates that the Recall Dunleavy campaign is a partisan ploy by “those not in power.” To the contrary, the campaign is nonpartisan and is supported by independents, Democrats and Republicans.

She calls the recall grounds “flimsy,” but she incorrectly implies that Dunleavy’s actions to cut the budget and pursue a full statutory PFD are among the grounds cited in the petition. That is inaccurate. She should read the petition, as well as the Superior Court judgment validating the recall petition.

Henry claims that “Gov. Dunleavy’s actions when he took office were completely in line with what he talked about on the campaign trail.” Actually, no. Had Dunleavy run on a platform of destroying the Alaska Marine Highway, gutting higher education, tossing elders out of the Pioneers’ Homes and denying medical care to low-income citizens, he would have lost the election. Instead, he pretended he could deliver jumbo-sized PFDs without ever revealing his intended budget cuts.

Henry fearmongers about setting a precedent where “partisan groups who don’t agree with political, policy or budget priorities of a governor will start a recall effort.” This is nonsense. The Alaska Constitution specifies that the grounds for recall are: (1) lack of fitness, (2) incompetence, (3) neglect of duties or (4) corruption. Simple policy differences don’t meet the legal standard.

Henry’s final pitch, that we should “respect the decision of the electorate” because 145,000 people voted for Dunleavy, is breathtaking in its hypocrisy. Apparently, Henry only respects the will of the people when she is in agreement, since she now wants to deny the electorate the opportunity to express its will in a recall election.

New evidence of Dunleavy’s corruption (sweetheart no-bid contract to the son of a campaign donor) and incompetence (a budget that would drain the state’s reserves to zero in 1.5 years) only adds to the urgency. Ignore Henry’s fabrications, sign the petition and vote to recall.


The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at newsminer.com. Contact the editor with questions at letters@newsminer.com or call 459-7574.

Community Perspective

Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

Letters to the editor

Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707), by fax (907-452-7917) or via email (letters@newsminer.com). Writers are limited to one letter every two weeks (14 days.) All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.

Submit your news & photos

Let us know what you're seeing and hearing around the community.