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Letter to the Editor

Reality check for Alaska

To the editor: For the last two weeks I have been trying to write a Community Perspective. Had it almost done until I read the one from Lance Roberts and another from Christine Robbins. They beat me to the punch and theirs were a lot better.

I highly recommend you all read those two Community Perspectives — Lance Roberts from July 14 and Christine Robbins from July 15, both in the Daily News-Miner.

It has been said the state of Alaska’s income is a three-legged stool:

1. The volume of oil barrels harvested

2. The price per barrel

3. How much we spend

Other income is incidental, oil is the main player.

This kind of reminds me of baseball: three strikes and you’re out. Reality check: Volume of oil is down, price per barrel is down and spending has been taking us to a place the Starship Enterprise has never been to.

I highly suggest you all watch a five-minute video from Clem Tillion on YouTube. Clem was a state representative at the time the PFD was written and sat on that committee. This is not to be confused with fake news.

Furthermore, I think it would be beneficial to all our state senators and representatives to Google the speech Abraham Lincoln gave on June 16, 1858, as an Illinois state senator. It was his “House Divided Speech.” It may shed some light on the deadlock in Juneau. If it doesn’t, we’re in real trouble, period.


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