Letter to the Editor

What would the framers say?

To the editor: Could the framers of the Alaska Constitution have predicted that a newly elected governor (eight months) and a handful of legislators (less than a third) could financially shut down the University of Alaska, leaving students, staff, faculty, research and valuable collections strewn out in its devastating wake? Could they have predicted that this small and arguably not representative group could cripple the safety net of social and medical services that many Alaskans depend on to achieve a minimal standard of health, safety and care?

I know the delegates to the Constitutional Convention wanted a strong executive branch of government, but what would they say about this situation? This looks like a fatal flaw in the guiding document of our state. This does not represent the will of the people.


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