Heinze tried to use her office and position for personal gain
ADN editors stated that "Alaska loses a good citizen" in the July 12 editorial on former legislator Cheryll Heinze's tragic death. Legislators bemoaned her passing and described a "good colleague in an arena that can be hard on good natures."
They are wrong. A good citizen does not try to use their official position and office for personal gain.
Heinze was Chair of the State House Legislative Special Committee on Economic Development, International Trade and Tourism. One of her charges was to address legislation and regulations of utilities. The Associated Press reported this week that "in April 2004, a lobbyist contacted the state Legislative Ethics Office saying Heinze had asked the Matanuska Electric Association for a job. Heinze announced months later that she was withdrawing from the primary and cited health problems and a desire to spend more time with her husband."
The public later learned that the FBI was investigating Heinze, which raises questions about integrity.
The real good citizens were the ones who showed true strength, courage and integrity when they took their complaint about Heinze's conduct to the Legislative Ethics Committee, of which, ironically, Heinze also sat on.
That ADN editors ignored the significance of Heinze's misconduct by shooing it away as being "naive" and "not being a political player" is par for the course. That legislators still cover for her abuses of power with flowery sanctified language is disingenuous, at best.
-- Andree McLeod
Folk singers mostly got rich, brought about little change
Re: Medal of Freedom award to Bob Dylan.
The achievements of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie, along with so many folk singers we have treasured over the decades, have had little effect on the evil perpetuated upon people of the world by governments and the politicians who supported their actions. No matter if they be the working poor, minorities or other suppressed of the world. Their songs, while making them millions of dollars, stopped no wars, brought about no real changes in civil rights and fed few if any starving people.
Their music did, however, allow the next generation to find some solace in doing what many poor blacks resorted to while slaves working the cotton fields, chain gangs or in the backs of buses if fortunate enough to have the money it took to ride them. And that was of course singing the freedom songs of yesteryear at their concerts.
Even today there remain a few hardcore folkers who on occasion get high and pay tribute to the great composers of yesterday.
I'm sorry, but it takes just a little more than seeing songs climbing the charts.
-- John A. Anderson
Store shows true patriotism
Thank you to Anchorage True Value hardware on Jewel Lake Road for once again giving out, free of charge, American flags for the Fourth of July holiday. True patriotism!
-- Norman A. Larson
Columnist Patkotak advocates, speaks for those who cannot
Thank you Elise Patkotak for once again hitting the nail on the head with your column about the obsession with sports in this state.
From women's health to animal welfare to domestic abuse to children's needs you always fearlessly and candidly come right out and say what needs to be said and you do it eloquently in your own style.
Please keep advocating and writing and giving voice to those who cannot speak.
-- Laura A. Brakeman