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Letter to the Editor

King Dunleavy

To the editor: On Tuesday, during a floor session of the Alaska Senate in Juneau, I saw and heard a senator referring to the Declaration of Independence and its list of grievances our Founding Fathers lodged against King George, who was accused of attempting to establish “an absolute tyranny over these (United) States.” Among the many wrongful acts of the British king enumerated by our founders was this one, which was quoted by the senator:

“(King George) has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.”

Even though I was in Fairbanks, where I live, I got this history lesson in real time from a senator speaking in Juneau at the place we have established, with the technology we have provided, for our lawmakers to conduct the public’s business as our representatives.

Later that day, on one of the evening TV news broadcasts, I saw images of a handful of other elected state legislators in Wasilla milling about in a middle school gymnasium bedecked with folding tables and chairs, as though for a church supper. Why they were meeting in this “unusual, uncomfortable and distant” place, and whose business they had been conducting, I had no feasible means of observing.

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