To the editor: I feel compelled to comment on a recent Community Perspective article titled “Governor will do what’s best for Alaska” (News-Miner, Dec. 9). I disagree completely with that statement.
The article goes on to state that Governor Dunleavy has quickly responded to University of Alaska concerns, acknowledged potential problems with his massive cuts and has not met criticism with “ anger, arrogance or cowardice.”
Again, my disagreement is complete. Governor Dunleavy initially brushed aside his critics as special interest groups playing politics and even blamed his troubles on critics who did not like his camaraderie with President Trump.
The governor also stated that the Legislature “favored government over the people.” His recent willingness to take input and make changes is directly related to the recall petition.
Those who voted for Mike Dunleavy did so because they trusted his promises to deal with our budget deficit by finding millions of dollars by not filling vacant positions within the state, although no such savings saw the light of day in his budget.
The $3,000 dividend check promise was so popular because Candidate Dunleavy made statements that he had “no plans to hack, cut or destroy” the state ferry system but then proceeded to cut two-thirds of the ferry system budget.
He made similar statements about not cutting the Pioneers’ Homes budget, but those who have family in the Pioneers’ Homes can tell you that their bill has doubled.
So I have to disagree that the governor “has done exactly what he said he was going to do.”
Recalling our governor is destabilizing, as the author states, but our state is currently being destabilized by the callous, ill-conceived, and reckless budget cuts and policies of this governor.
Let’s not be complacent, because I am convinced that this governor will never do what’s best for our state. Recalling Dunleavy is still our best option.