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Readers write: Letters to the editor, Feb. 22, 2016

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: July 8, 2016
  • Published February 22, 2016

Vote out the Republicans who put Alaska in $3.8B hole

Sen. Mike Dunleavy wants to do an end-run around the state Constitution by giving financial aid to church-sponsored correspondence schools, which by our constitution and the U.S. Constitution is a breach of separation between church and state.

We should have term limits on all state legislators, as these lawmakers have put us in this $3.8 billion hole by not saving enough oil money, and by bad investments in different districts. It's time to vote the sitting Republicans out of office and try to get others in there for a different perspective and new ideas.

— Frank James


Holocaust flashbacks seen in bigoted portrayal of refugees

I think we should allow Syrian refugees into our country. There are going to be refugees. If we don't let them in legally they will come illegally. The ones coming to the United States have already gone through Jordan and have been screened. They are already safe.

Jordan wants to get rid of them but now other countries don't want to take them. Most countries don't want to take them because of bigoted reasons. This is the same as the Holocaust. The government knew it was happening, but it wouldn't let Jewish refugees into the country.

Something like the Holocaust will happen again if we don't support the refugees and people of other religions.

— Benjamin Nichols


Wohlforth is clear on climate, so comments should be too

I'm not sure what the point was of the letter to the editor (ADN, Feb. 19) by Mark Rivenbark, except that he knows about something called the Dunning-Kruger Effect and, therefore, must be a pretty smart guy.

He did not, however, increase my knowledge about climate change, unlike Charles Wohlforth, whose column he references. My thanks to Wohlforth for an informative piece. If Rivenbark has more accurate information about the subject, perhaps he should enlighten us.

— Betsy Blassingham


To McConnell, voters worth more after November

Did U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell just throw his constituency under the bus?

Concerning the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, McConnell stated: "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president."

McConnell, there are several issues here. First, weren't you elected by American voters? If this premise is true, then shouldn't they have a voice? Secondly, if they are not American voters, do you have birther issues with your voters, which certainly affects the validity of your election? Why would you disenfranchise the people of the state of Kentucky? Perhaps you could respond back to the Alaska Dispatch News on what I deem to be very important questions.

Apparently, you believe that an American voter after the November elections is worth more than an American voter today. I would posit that they are not.

— Donna Wood


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