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That Explains Everything

Letters / Anchorage Press / August 9, 2006

For those of us who can't be bothered with participating in our democracy while enjoying all the freedoms granted by it, the Anchorage Daily News recently ran a short article on the gubernatorial candidates' favorite tunes. Frank Murkowski's is "Spanish Eyes" by Bert Kaempfert. Oh my god, I thought as I read that - that explains everything from wanting to shoot wolves from the air to having the audacity to use words like "courage" and "leadership" on campaign signs.

There was once a mayor named Charlie Royer in Seattle who claimed that curbside recycling was started under his rule. Activists ransacked his garbage cans one night to find it full of glass beer bottles. Imports, no less.

Simple things can tell us a lot about our candidates. With the primary on August 22 fast approaching, even those who can't be bothered to research candidates and their positions can cast votes based on favorite tunes. And all you have to do is drop by the Division of Elections office at 2525 Gambell Street, or City Hall at 632 West 6th Avenue, and vote.

Kelly Tjaden / Anchorage

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