Sarah Palin's Breath of Death!
Letters / Anchorage Press / June 13, 2008
I have a few comments of my own to share regarding Krestia DeGeorge's recent "Dear Sarah" piece ["Rough Draft," June 5, 2008]. While Alaskans may feel a lot of "love" for Governor Palin, Andrew Halcro, Lyda Green and certain other members of the state's Republican establishment are hardly the only skeptics.
For all the "breath of fresh air" that smiling Sarah has brought to the governor's mansion, she also carries the stench of needless death. In representing the narrow interests of certain Alaska "sport" hunters, she's hell on other critters whose diet includes moose and caribou; under her watch, the state's predator-kill effort has expanded to unprecedented levels and wolves and bears are being killed simply because certain people consider them dastardly and unnecessary competitors.
There's more to disapprove: It turns out that Sarah's open-and-transparent form of governing isn't always so. She has stubbornly refused to release documents that would demonstrate how she arrived at her decision to oppose the federal government's listing of polar bears as a threatened species. Still, enough information has been presented (in the form of a single email) to show that the Palin administration's opposition to that listing is not based on science, as our Governor has steadfastly claimed, but rather on politics and economics. If our loveable Governor isn't embarrassed by this fiasco, she should be.
Loveable she may be to many Alaskans, but there's a lot to dislike about Sarah's management style if you love wildlife and care about more than simply having moose and caribou in the freezer.