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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2012 12:47 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Letter to the Editor

Sept. 25, 2012

To the editor:

I am a shareholder of Doyon. I have some concerns about some of Norm Phillips’ actions while CEO of Doyon and the true reason why he resigned from such a high-paying position. I learned that Norm, while still with Doyon, lobbied in Juneau for HB 110. Rep. Alan Dick said to me on Michael Dukes’ radio program he voted for HB 110 at Norm’s urging. He also said he regretted that vote. That bill would have given $2 billion of our money from our oil back to the oil producers. Fortunately, the giveaway to Big Oil was unsuccessful.  

Why would we want to give the equivalent of more than $2,500 for every man, woman and child in Alaska to the most profitable corporations in history? In my opinion, Norm should not have been lobbying for anything not directly related to Doyon while being the CEO. Is it possible Norm’s early retirement from Doyon was related in part to his lobbying for HB 110?

Sunday, the Daily News Miner’s front-page headline said energy was the candidates’ No. 1 issue. I just paid $7,208 for heating oil for my home for this coming winter. I’m concerned Norm might be more interested in the needs of the energy producers than in the needs of those of us living in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Luke Hopkins’ actions while on the Borough Assembly and then while borough mayor indicate to me his priority is the people in the borough, not the desires of Big Oil and their lobbyists.   

Holger “Jorgy” Jorgensen

Fairbanks

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