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Letter: Tshibaka made me laugh

  • Author: Sharon Davis-Lang
    | Opinion
  • Updated: 2 days ago
  • Published 2 days ago

Kelly Tshibaka’s commentary in the ADN on June 1 was especially amusing for her rant about “permitting processes for oil and gas leases on public land are onerous and time-consuming, taking years to complete.”

Does anyone remember the Cuyahoga River, which goes through Cleveland, Ohio, and empties into Lake Erie? Northeast Ohio was a major manufacturing area and polluted the Cuyahoga so it caught on fire at least 13 times and famously in June of 1969.

It’s interesting history that Republican President Richard Nixon proposed the establishment of EPA on July 9, 1970; it began operation on Dec. 2, 1970, after Nixon signed an executive order. It’s very much worth studying ye olde conservative values. Our last Republican President, Donald Trump, moved back the EPA by decades. His administration rewrote the EPA’s pollution-control policies, including on chemicals known to be serious health risks benefiting the chemicals industry, and repealed the Clean Water Rule in September 2019. Science was not an apparent value with the last administration.

Tshibaka obviously represents wealthy, white Republican America that wants what it wants, and cries loudly until it gets it. Meanwhile, she said nothing about all costs to everyday working Alaskan’s because we are not part of your “vision.” Tshibaka is a carpetbagger managed from “Outside” because Donald Trump is mad at Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

I certainly don’t trust that she will give a damn about how many times the people of Alaska have voted against the Pebble Mine project.

Lastly, Tshibaka is a fighter? I would love to see her and Sarah Palin duke it out on the Fourth of July. My monies are on Sarah! It’s a commercial fishing thing.

— Sharon Davis-Lang

Anchorage

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