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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:58 pm | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Nov. 7, 2012

To the editor:

Well, the majority of voters have decided who will represent us in Juneau once again. After months of seemingly intense and occasionally acrimonious campaigning by most (but not all) the candidates, I wonder what standard of measure we will use to gauge the effectiveness of the new Legislature in moving Alaska forward.

Should we use daily throughput of oil in the pipeline? The number of new wells drilled on the North Slope, or the overall change in investment? How about the size of the state’s annual budget or state services such as public safety, education funding, road maintenance or capital projects such as the Susitna dam or a gas pipeline? What about social services, or the size of the permanent fund dividend? I would hazard a guess that for many it will be jobs and the ability to afford to heat our homes.

I guess we will all find out. Good luck to all the new and returning legislators. We will be counting on you and watching you.

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