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Letter to the Editor

Recall Dunleavy

To the editor: I have to agree with Greg Mills (Daily News-Miner, July 9) and Mary Bishop (Daily News-Miner, July 10) that we need to recall Gov. Mike Dunleavy. There are three main reasons not to recall: 1. It is a waste of money, 2. It is a waste of time, and 3. It is divisive.

As to money, the amount of money it would take to gather the required signatures and hold the recall election are trivial compared to the losses our state has already incurred, even if the line-item vetoes are overridden. Companies have already changed their investment plans. The loss of confidence in the future of Alaska’s economy is significant.

The time that people would put into a recall effort is probably less than the time people have put into opposing the various line-item vetoes. And I’m told the wrangling will likely continue through the whole month of July. And that is just the first of four years.

Yes, a recall is divisive, but could it possibly be more divisive than our current political situation? And where is the governor? Is he talking to the people, inspiring them with his (Donna Arduin’s) vision for the future of our state? No. Is he in Wasilla, supporting those misguided legislators who are risking their political futures by following his directives? No. Is he down in Juneau, guiding our ship of state through the rough seas that he has created? No. He is hiding out somewhere in Anchorage, letting the chaos that he and his Outside advisers have created play out.

Again, this is just the first of four years. We really do have to recall Gov. Dunleavy.

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