Letter: Jewell’s decision earns red votes

January 2, 2014 

U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewel’s recent decision to deny a life-saving access road from King Cove to the all-weather airport at Cold Bay perfectly illustrates a point I’ve been making for years about how Alaskans vote in national elections. Based upon the punitive actions of past secretaries of Interior under Democratic administrations, beginning with the Cecil Andrus lockup of Alaska lands during the Carter administration, it’s evident that no matter how we feel about the Republican Party or its presidential candidates, we are duty-bound to vote Republican in pursuit of Alaska’s best interests.

I certainly don’t agree with all things Republican, but looking back at the “land lockup” philosophy of secretaries of Interior under Democratic administrations, I will always vote for a GOP president, and urge others to do so. 

— Frank E. Baker

Eagle River

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