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Reader glad to see political activism

Posted: June 5, 2013 - 8:43am

Thank you, Kate Veh, for your informative letter about the “Vote Yes: Repeal the Giveaway” campaign and for the work you are doing to give Alaskans the opportunity to vote on SB 21, Governor Parnell’s tax giveaway to the oil companies. To me this is true Democracy in action and not the corporate plutocracy that finagled it’s way through the Bill Allen corruption of the legislative process in 2007, followed by the unconstitutional redistricting of Alaskan Voters that led to the domination of both our governing bodies by Republicans and finally the passage of SB 21 with the questionable votes of 2 Republican oil company employees. I thank you and all the others who are working to give us the opportunity to have our say in this very important matter.

The article by Charles Babington in the Clarion below your letter points out the “GOP dilemma” that the current GOP is experiencing. I thought former Senator Bob Dole said it beautifully on this evening’s news. “Today’s GOP is not the conservative party he knew, today’s GOP is broken and they should close up shop for repairs till they get it fixed.” 

I am glad to see young people and particularly glad to see young women working hard to improve our Democracy and make a better world for all of us. I believe we need all of us working together to make those improvements.

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radiokenai 06/06/13 - 05:00 pm
To Hughbert: Spoken like a true liberal!

I have discovered that most liberal fanatics fit into (2) categories: Teaching and Medical. Which one are you?

Obviously, you are NOT someone who works in the oil industry. You and Katypie whine about SB-21, yet you still collect the benefits of the PFD and services paid for by the oil companies. Instead of offering a tax break so the Oil Companies will start re-investing in dummies want to tax them out of Alaska (can you say "North Dakota")

Perhaps you should take a brief pause and drive out to Nikiski and OPEN your eyes to all the construction underway, due to the fact that Tom Wagnor had enough sense to offer similiar tax incentives and guess what? A nice tidy Gas Reserve was discovered! To say nothing that a new platform is in the permitting process!

It is the liberal idiots who want to Tax and Spend (they can't even spell "Cuts')

So my suggestion is to "Get a Job and Stop Trying to Drive our Oil Industry to North Dakota"!

hutchca 06/11/13 - 12:58 pm
SB 21

Mr. Hays letter while gushing over the wonderful activism on SB21 might stop to ask - what are the solutions offered by repealing the legislation. To have such a poor understanding of the capitalist system is quite a shame. In order for me to sign my name to this petition or encourage anyone else to sign; I need to understand exactly what inducement there is for a oil and gas company to come here and do exploratory or long term work.

These folks, Ms. Veh and Mr. Hays, have their retirement and pension funds nicely tucked away in the stocks and bonds of Wall Street. Well, those stock and bonds are made up directly of oil and gas companies; or stocks and bonds that invest in oil and gas companies and those companies are not going to pay through the nose (read, drop in stock price) in order to come here to this climate, this economic structure, this infrastructure to work without a very viable reason to do so.

As folks investing in the Wall Street expect there to be return on their investment so does the average stockholder of these O and G companies. Again, tell me, with the economic climate, more agreeable weather and available infrastructure, in North Dakota, WHY come here for a fraction of the ROI (return on investment). Repealing SB21 does not offer any solutions to the state of Alaskan economy. I will not sign nor encourage others to do so.

beaverlooper 06/11/13 - 07:24 pm

I maybe could go for that if the leases had a use it or lose it clause in there. An requirement to produce the leases that were bought, because the big oil companies can afford to buy huge tracts of land and just sit on them,effectively cutting the smaller guys out , stifling production and holding the state hostage.

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