To the editor: In 1990, I accepted a job at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Fairbanks quickly became my permanent home. I’ve devoted most of my adult life to being the best Alaskan employee, citizen, neighbor, teacher and researcher I could be.
One of the many lures that brought me here, along with the university’s high quality, the state's beauty and its wonderful people, was a pretty normal job offer: decent (but not free) health insurance, retirement benefits and the chance of better job security if I did a good job. So I worked, saved my money, bought a house, and contributed to a community I loved. Now these things are under direct threat because Mike Dunleavy's government is intent on turning everything outside of Anchorage into a place where people have no security, no power and no future.
In 2016, Dunleavy was apparently fronting for of a couple of groups, well-known, power-hungry ultra-right wing marauders who have already brought at least one other state close to bankruptcy. With this crony support, Dunleavy managed to borrow and lie his way into office in one of the slickest, most dishonest campaigns in state history. Afterward, he used a series of dishonest claims and schemes, including reports by grossly overpaid and incompetent “consultants” and “analysts,” to unleash a reign of political and budgetary terror. As someone with training and experience in research, analysis, and expert reports, I am especially offended by this gaming of the system at public expense.
Where are the results of all the campaign promises of "new ideas" and "prosperity"? Dunleavy only presented old ideas that had already proved very harmful. No one yet has explained how gutting the infrastructure of a state, making it a place where a person can't afford to be sick, or old, or young, makes it prosperous.
The most important thing any of us can do in the coming days is to sign the recall petition against Dunleavy and then, when the chance comes, actually vote to throw him the heck out of here. Do we have to accept this damage just because someone willing to accept the money of the rich and powerful says we do?