Letter to the editor
April 24, 2014
To the editor: I am writing today to help your readers understand a little more about our “Congressman for all Alaska,” Don Young.
On Tuesday, April 22, I was listening to “Talk of Alaska” on the radio and Mr. Young was the guest. You can listen at AlaskaPublic.org in the archives.
Early in the show Mr. Young was reasonable and just typical Don Young. But, he did manage to ignore the question when it came to Cliven Bundy of Nevada and Mr. Bundy’s issues with BLM. He took the question of whether he supported Mr. Bundy and made a broad complaint about BLM, the IRS and something called the NAA, whatever that is. He tried to dismiss the grazing fees as taxes I guess, but his statement was unclear and then he said the BLM is the worst manager of lands in the world and he wondered how come we can build visitor centers in the parks but exclude Alaskans, which didn’t make much sense either, but hey, it’s live radio.
In the end, another caller said she was a biologist and supported the federal government in its attempt to protect lands from overgrazing and such, and our boy Don responded to her by angrily asking why she didn’t just move to Russia.
So, that’s our congressman. If you disagree with him, maybe you should move to Russia.
Every time I travel Outside, I am asked how crazy Alaska can get. These days, I answer by saying we haven’t yet reached the bottom of the states (although we are in the contest), so there’s more to come.
Let’s try to get rid of Don and start turning Alaska around.