Letters to the editor (8/28/12)

Consider the consequences of your actions in the voting booth

There has been a lot said about entitlement mentality and some who might get into office this election may try to bring this to a halt by taking away a lot of the benefits that we have and paid for all these many years. My question to the politicians that want to do this is: Where is the contract you should be making with the American people that you will at no time take any benefits from your job as a politician? You have no problem making sure that you are getting your fair share and find no wrong in helping other countries and yet you find it wrong to help those that live here in our country. That sounds like double standards to me.

The other problem I have is that as a parent we teach our children that there are consequences to anything that we do in life. Unfortunately the politicians in this country, whether they be state or federal, don't much care about the consequences of their actions. That is too bad because the consequences of their actions affect every one of us. My only hope is that the American people will think about what the consequences of their actions will be when they go the voting poles today and in November.

-- Sally Garris


State attorney general should be ashamed of seeking EPA's help

Does anyone besides me see the irony in Alaska's attorney general asking for help from the Environmental Protection Agency? Seems the mess left at Red Devil mine-heavy metals-mercury-polluted surface water are "somehow" showing up in the Kuskokwim River -- imagine that. Fish with higher levels of mercury -- doesn't that sound yummie?

Gov. Parnell and others castigated the EPA for it's input on Pebble mine's possible effect on salmon in Bristol Bay. Pebble mine would create a vastly larger future problem for livelihoods and sustenance, not only for people of that area but worldwide. Alaska salmon feed people of many nations.

Alaska's AG can't have his cake and eat it to -- chiding the EPA on Pebble and begging for help and money for Red Devil is speaking out of both sides of your mouth. Shame on him.

-- Michael Gogolowski


The money is there -- sign up now for Energy Rebate Program

Tim Bradner made no mention of energy efficiency in his Aug. 26 column. Alaska has the workforce infrastructure, developed as a result of the Energy Rebate Program, to reduce the average homeowners energy consumption by 33 percent. For the past four years that is exactly what has resulted by the wisdom of our Legislature to initiate this program for all the homeowners of Alaska.

The ERP has also solved carbon monoxide issues existing in homes, created jobs for over 4,000 Alaskans and helped keep our state out of the recession by doing so. Unfortunately, fewer than 20 percent of all eligible homeowners have taken advantage of this program.

Funding is based on an annual legislative allocation of funds. This summer, the Legislature added another $20 million to the program. As of this morning fewer than 300 homeowners are on the wait list at Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Go to www.akrebate.com/rebate_home_energy.aspx, and take your energy future in your own hands by signing up for the program, while funds last.

-- Mike Houston


Editorial misstated the facts regarding Apollo fire tragedy

In the editorial about Neil Armstrong (Aug. 26) piece you state: ". . . riveting the world's attention on success after success -- interrupted by the Gemini (sic) fire tragedy of 1967 -- that seemed to . . ."

If you're referencing the tragedy of Jan. 27, 1967, in which astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Roger Chaffee and Edward White lost their lives in a fire, that happened in an Apollo capsule (Apollo 1). It was slated to have been launched into Earth orbit in February 1967 (Apollo 204 mission #) and was the major reason that it resulted in a suspension of progress in the overall Saturn/Apollo program while the tragic event was investigated and causes were determined.

-- Dave Green


Editor's note: Mr. Green is right, and thanks to him for pointing out the error. A correction appears on Page A-2 today.

Should salmon resource be of benefit to the few or the many?

Why do we continue to manage all of Cook Inlet in the month of July for the Kenai red run? This is the stated priority for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The northern district is not reaching it's escapement goals for reds or silvers and the Kenai River is having big problems with its king run.

What is the best use for this public resource, allowing a small number of commercial fisherman, many of whom live out of state, or thousands of others who put salmon in their freezers and enjoy the recreational value of fishing?

-- Greg Svendsen


Monument fence sends message

The security cage surrounding the new Attu memorial is, unintentionally but quite unavoidably, part of the monument itself, the meaning of which appears to be something like:

"Honor to our ancestors, to whom theft was all but unimaginable because there was nothing to steal, and anyway they needed one another much more than they needed stuff. Today, we have lots of stuff to steal, but you can't trust anybody, and we can't be here all the time to watch it, and we would feel like fools if somebody walked off with our neat monument, so you will have to view our tribute to the simplicity of a lost way of life through the lens of the anomie and distrust of our current way of life. Ain't progress great?"

-- Daniel Weber