Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis: Alaska doesn't act like it's a "people's government"

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Alaska doesn't act like it's a "people's government"

This was written by my friend and former co-worker, Bobbie Reilly and submitted for a Letter to the Editor to the Anchorage Daily News.

When she speaks on these issues, folks should listen...she's a Civil/Environmental Engineer with a ton of experience involving the ports and harbors as well as water and other building/maintenance projects in the State of Alaska.

When did government stop being "Of the People, By the People, For the People" and become a corporation?

Our State is awash in money yet senior citizens pay $5 to play cards at the Center.

We have enough money to hire helicopters to slaughter wolves from the air, but we don't fund the ferry system that provides transportation, supplies, and services to remote areas.

The State spends $400,000 dollars on "educating" the people of Alaska to the benefits of aerial wolf shooting, when we've voted it down twice!

How come the State spends $2 MILLION dollars on propaganda saying earthen dams, twice the size of Hoover dam, in a seismic zone, opening into world class crab and fishing grounds is OK, but no one talks about the jobs, and industry created by the construction of windmill farms, solar energy, geothermal plants, and tidal current turbines?

How come, we can send out $100 a month to help with energy bills, but our roads are pot holes and ruts and we have no plan for mass public transportation, think mono-rails or bullet trains, which ease congestion, save money and are more healthy. What happened to our government?

What has happened to us?

Barbara Reilly


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