Election's over; leave it alone
For the love of God, can we please drop the controversy over the last election, already! Maybe the city clerk did drop the ball or double dribbled, but from what I heard before, during and after the election, the overall results seemed to reflect what most Alaskans wanted. I admit I was one of the many who could not get to the polls in time and was left disappointed, with only the faith in my neighbors to represent what I and others believe is wise.
It appears we care about and want to invest in our schools and roads, we welcome and promote diversity but know where to draw the line, and we recognize a good politician doing a hard job pretty well.
For those few of us who have been blessed with the time and energy to commit to these issues, keep the faith, as there is another election right around the corner.
-- Chuck Agate
Lawmakers: Don't give in to oil
The large oil companies have conspired to reduce production in Alaska to force the Legislature to lower their taxes to the state. The only goal of these companies is their bottom line, and the bonuses their executives will make if they are successful.
I implore the Legislature not to bend to the game that the oil companies and our governor are playing. If they do not bring their leases to development, then they have broken their lease; the state should take the leases back and sell them to smaller companies that would welcome the billions in profit, after state taxes. Do not let the big boys win with their conspiracy.
-- Steven Lyons
Parking lot squeeze a mystery
Is there anyone in this state who can tell me why, when you go into a parking lot and park and you are the only car in the lot, another car comes along and not only parks next to you but parks so close that you have to squeeze between the two vehicles to get into your car and the lot is empty.
Why do people do this?
-- Deborah Richardson
New election should be held
I'm one of those described as one who "doesn't have a dog in this fight." Even though my dog is tied up in the Mat-Su, I watched the fiasco you people in Anchorage call an election and if I had been jerked around such as the voters seem to have been in almost half the precincts, keeping my cool might have been difficult.
No one should be treated, either deliberately or negligently, in this manner while exercising their right to vote. As an interested, media-informed observer, I believe a new election should be held.
Of course, I realize that the ideologue-conservatives seem to have won and no longer want their dogs in the fight, but I'm sure if they were the ones disenfranchised and on the losing end, the howl would be enormous.
-- Dick Palmatier
Why difference in sentences?
Anchorage gynecologist Kenneth Ake was convicted of assaulting five patients and, in 1991, sentenced to five years' imprisonment, a sentence only increased after appeal by the prosecution. Officer Anthony Rollins was convicted of assaulting five women while on duty and sentenced to 87 years in prison. What should the people take from this disparity?
-- Denny Patella