Letters to the Editor

Readers write: Letters to the editor, February 7, 2018

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
    | Opinion
  • Updated: February 7, 2018
  • Published February 7, 2018

Time to take a closer look at finances of the gas line

The state of Alaska is mired in fiscal difficulties. Yet, the state of Alaska continues to spend millions of dollars marketing the gas line. The line is not built and the product it will carry has not been secured from its owners. Real costs can't be accurately defined and marketing is aimed at entities who should be reaching out to Alaska instead of the other way around.

Please, pause spending, re-examine numbers, and check to be sure that the return on investment is reasonable.

— Anne Masker
Eagle River

Voting no on Prop. 1 is right thing to do for Anchorage

When I moved to Alaska years ago it was the sense of welcoming, togetherness and community that convinced me this was the place to stay. Alaskans I met shared a "live and let live" mentality, and demonstrated a sincere respect for their neighbors.

Prop. 1 is not reflective of the Alaska I met, or grew to know and love. We Alaskans know discrimination is wrong, and pushing aside our neighbors is not an Alaskan value. That's why I'm voting no on Prop. 1, and encourage you to as well.

As a young Alaskan, invested in our state's economic well-being, I know Anchorage simply can't afford Prop. 1. We're facing tough challenges at a state and community level, and need policies that welcome and encourage talent, not dispel them. Policies like Prop. 1 will drive away new business, tourism, and the brainpower that can take Alaska through this economic storm.

Anchorage is a great place to live, and a wonderful community. Voting no on Prop. 1 is the right thing to do. Let's keep our city a welcoming, inclusive place, for the better.

— Aimee Chauvot

Americans lose, Putin wins when we don't act together

The latest attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice serve no American interests, no party, no president's, only Putin's. … Our nation's elected officials, including the president, must stop looking at this investigation through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan sideshows. If we continue to undermine our own rule of law, we are doing Putin's job for him.

These are words of Sen. John McCain, who has had the guts to voice his concern over the damaging partisan vitriol that is coming out of Congress and the White House concerning the Russian meddling in our democracy.

I urge you to call or write our congressional delegation and ask them to show the same leadership Sen. McCain has by publicly rebuking those in Washington who continue to stonewall the investigation into the Russian meddling. We need leadership in Washington that will aggressively pursue how and who is responsible for undermining our democracy and put a stop to it. The current leadership in the White House and a large part of the Republican Congress are more interested in party politics, which has become akin to a circular firing squad. We will all lose if our elected official don't get their act together and work for the better good of the citizens of our country.

— Clay Frick

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