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Common Sense

Letters / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / October 16, 2007




To the editor:

By the time anyone sees this letter the municipal elections will be over and the results of our great human experiment in common sense will be known to all.

I guess what prompted me to write this letter now was a statement made by John Toppenberg, director of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. He said in his letter, and I quote, " Š for tens of thousands of years the wolves, bears, moose, and caribou have existed in natural balance and abundance."

This, of course, is absurd because "nature" has no balance. Without man's efforts to influence his environment for the betterment of mankind we would still be dwelling in caves and dying of plagues and injuries before the age of 40.

Toppenberg's effort to influence our governor's decision to attempt to educate Alaskans on what it takes to really bring about a more balanced environment is, I expect, influenced by his paycheck.

If you missed Ned Rozell's Alaska Science Forum in last Sunday's paper go back and read it.

It explains in vivid detail about the "balance of nature."

And that brings me to the second point that I want to make in this letter.

I have no doubt that Uncle Ted and even Don Young will be found innocent of any illegal corruption.

They have been around way to long to get involved in such activities. The problem is not with them but with a system that operates on just the very edge of moral acceptability for the benefit of the few. Ted and Don, I am sure, knew what was going on with Veco and Bill Allen.

No, in all of these above mentioned cases, and as with Whitaker's sales tax, the national health care crisis, the national mortgage crisis, credit card usury, and all the other institutions that protect their own interests without regard for others there is a genuine lack of integrity and moral principle. The golden rule comes to mind: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!

A friend told me the other day that our new Gov. Palin "is like a breath of fresh air."

I think she has that integrity and the moral principles that I am speaking of, and was absolutely right in her decision to scrap the Ketchikan Bridge.

Anyone in Ketchikan who won't benefit directly will tell you the same thing. She will make mistakes like we all do but I think her heart will be for all of us, not just a few.

Also, I wonder where our country would be today if we had chosen the man of principle, Sen. John McCain, as our president seven years ago.

How are your principles doing these days?

Maybe we should all get them out and dust them off.

Edward Linkous
Fairbanks, Alaska



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