To the editor: I have always felt that I have tried to see all sides of an issue or conflict. Whether it is the taxation quandary in Alaska or our countries involvement in the Middle East, we need to step back and assess our options to resolve these conflicts. Sadly, it is becoming clear to me that the leadership in both our state and federal governments cannot be trusted to give us the true and complete facts. Perhaps it has always been this way, but more recently it seems to be more blatant and deliberate.
What I do know is that if you kill someone, you make five others hate you. We have a disagreement with Iran concerning its sovereign rights and religious tolerances and its actions against our ally Israel, etc. Our actions in removing Saddam from Iraq caused a destabilization of the whole region. We tried military might to resolve these conflicts for over a decade before diplomacy was tried with some success, but now we are back to trying to use military might with the same results. How many more young Americans must die before we learn? When will we be able to bring our people home? Are we ever going to achieve victory with military might? I don’t think so.
As for Alaska’s fiscal problems, we need to face the fact that oil production in Alaska is becoming less dominant in our economy. We can no longer rely on oil taxes to sustain our prosperity. Shrinking our government further is counterproductive. Our present governor is hell bent on squeezing the state to protect the interests of Big Oil. We cannot allow this to happen. If we must reinstitute a general tax, then so be it, but we must stop this defeatist attitude and find a way forward. We need forward-thinking leaders who can see outside of the box and have the courage to invest in the future with new and better energy technology, and we need more effort in protecting us from global warming. Our present governor is a Libertarian who believes that it is everyone for himself. I disagree. Working together we can make progress.