I wanted to thank recent letter-writer Debbie Corral for her casual and cursory review of our Eaglexit movement. Unfortunately, it is disappointing when conclusions such as hers are jumped to without a civil and open discussion. We have a large presence of good people in Assembly District 2 — Eagle River, Chugiak, Birchwood, Peters Creek and Eklutna — who are very open and engaged in an active dialog regarding Eaglexit. To resort to ad hominem attacks in stating her fears and concerns is a poor approach to ever beginning to investigate an issue as complex as Eaglexit.
As a father of a Tlingit family as well as grandfather of Dominican (black)-born grandchildren, I am always amazed at the prejudice that prevails when some people just don’t take the time to get the facts. Although I myself am Italian and I don’t identify as “white,” I am proudly a Christian as well as pro-life. To blindly attack these attributes is as undignified and uncivil as to attack any other race, class, ethnicity or religion.
Shame on all of us for not taking the time to communicate in an era when communication is so quick and simple. Regarding “few government regulations” and Assembly District 2 having its own school district, is that bad? I invite Debbie to a cup of coffee to share what we are doing and why we are doing it.
— Michael Tavoliero
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