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Readers write: Letters to the editor, February 2, 2018

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: February 1, 2018
  • Published February 1, 2018


Haters ignore Trump's optimistic State of the Union address

I thank God for the awesome State of the Union Address from President Trump. How thoroughly optimistic and forward thinking. May God, through this man, truly make America great again, regardless of the haters in the opposition party, who naysay every good opportunity that comes along.

May God bless America.

— Jon Eric Thompson

Yes, 'Americans need to get along,' but not at the expense of our ideals

"Americans need to get along" (headline on one letter to the editor, Jan. 30). I agree, but I know the only way to accomplish this is unacceptable to me. The progressives would have to become silent, accept that a lunatic is in the White House and that our laws will become consistent with the beliefs of the myopic rigid right. Too big a price to pay!

There is no way the right will compromise. But, I believe, in time the pendulum will swing and rational people will again become in charge; but only if we progressives continue to point out how crazy the right-wing nuts have become.

So, yes, aim for consensus, but hold fast to our ideals and stay vocal.

— Dick Palmatier

Oil companies laughing at Alaskans

Congratulations to Reps. Andy Josephson, Geran Tarr, and Paul Seaton for introducing legislation to increase royalties on our oil by $225 million. Unfortunately, the decimal is off a couple places. A $2.25 billion increase would be approaching a fair deal for the state. BP, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips have been laughing in their caviar for years over the gullibility of the Alaskan people.

We have already given away our children's future to the rich. There is no hope for a fair deal for the people of the state on what's left of the oil in the ground. The Legislature is incapable of standing up to corporate posturing and propaganda.

— Jeff Brownlee

Too much on Trump speech but nothing on Rep. Kennedy's rebuttal

Your paper gave many column inches to Trump's speech, but nary a word to the opposition.

Rep. Joe Kennedy gave a moving, intelligent response. Yes, he's young, but he is the future.

— Penny Burt

Lawmakers should keep Alaska on one time zone throughout the year

Without interfering with the time zones, can the legislators at least do one thing right and decide on whether Alaska remains on standard time or daylight savings time? It would be wonderful if we no longer had to mess with our clocks much less our circadian rhythms.

— Judie Wolfe

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