Oct. 31, 2012

To the editor:

A pair of Anchorage-area state senators’ recent advocacy of abolishing the public school system in Alaska is on cue with the American Legislative Exchange Council’s agenda, using the ever obliging right-wing, with the intent to overturn the power structure of our country.

By passing specifically crafted “model laws,” they subvert the democratic process from the people to corporations. Their strategy: to bankrupt our governments, send in chicken-little to fan the flames of frenetic frenzy, put the blame on the fat-cat teachers and labor unions, then get rid of them all together, along with any future commitments and obligations.

We see that in the transition of our prison system to a privatized “free market” model that enables stealth accounting to bleed our coffers dry by ruse. And then there is Social Security. It is bankrupt. And the postal system!

And the oil companies chant, “give us your money.” So, rather than assist any Alaskan through the winter with 250 gallons of fuel oil, Gov. Parnell will deny the people’s need and give it all away to the oil companies instead — the $2 billion giveaway. Meanwhile, traders make millions on the oil “sitting” in Oklahoma tank farms.

When did Parnell join the ranks of other ALEC governors from Wisconsin, Arizona and Alabama? Or did he never leave? Divide and conquer.

Locally, the borough assembly was*successfully castrated with the passage of Proposition 3, in obstinate defiance of the recognized and documented realities and looming deadlines with EPA over air pollution. This willful denial of scientific fact, then subjecting one’s own children, neighbors, and community to dangerous contamination is unconscionable and immoral. It becomes ludicrous when you consider the reasonably economic alternatives, crafted by the borough and presented on a silver platter.

Was my constitutional right just usurped with passage of Proposition 3? Can I no longer expect protection by my duly elected representatives from potentially lethal pollutants irresponsibly and knowingly inflicted by my neighbor?

What does it take to convince someone of the inherent danger of their actions? Ah, yes. An open mind. Vote for those whose work reflects the value that people matter.

Connie Huffman

Ester