To the editor:
There is a common theme in several ideas Frank Murkowski mentioned in the State of the State address--they stink.
Here is a list of some of the offending ideas the governor touts as so vitally important to Alaska's image: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Knik Arm Crossing and Gravina Island bridges, logging in the Tongass National Forest, aerial wolf hunting, increasing access to the already crowded Glacier Bay National Park, wetlands development and the unmentioned extension of Stampede Road near Denali National Park.
This reads more like a hit-list of potential environmental disasters and failed fiduciary responsibility, not like ideas Alaska needs to be spending more money changing the nation's perception on.
We have Frank Murkowski, Lisa Murkowski, Don Young and Ted Stevens all beating the same old, tired drum of excessive and unwanted development in the state of Alaska. They claim it is what Alaskans want and that we are frustrated with their inability to get these ideas passed. On the contrary, many Alaskans don't want any of these ideas to move forward or be considered any longer. Our frustration is that our elected representatives aren't coming up with any fresh and responsible ideas. Instead, they continue to waste time and money on poor policy decisions seemingly motivated by saving face rather than Alaska's best interest.
Murkowski's comments were reminiscent of Ted Stevens' comments after his deviant attempt to push the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling through on a military spending bill had failed. They reek of desperation.
Murkowski can grab a pig and put it in a prom dress, but at the end of the day you still have a nasty, smelly pig that he is trying to mask in pretty marketing.
Jeremy Miner / College AK