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More to being Alaskans than just residency

Posted: June 30, 2014 - 4:14pm  |  Updated: July 1, 2014 - 8:49am

For some time now I have been listening to and watching campaign advertising paid for by theoretically “unaffiliated” political action committees (wink wink) supporting various candidates vying for our U.S. Senate seat that attacks their opposition for their perceived newness to the State. As a lifelong Alaskan this kind of “seniority” mantra has just about got my BS meter pegged.

I have been listening to this type of useless baloney for over 50 years, and have found that in most cases it is usually touted by drunks or politicians (that are quite often themselves stateside transplants) trying to “out Alaskan” another drunk or politician.

In my view, being an Alaskan means far more than just having “time on target.” It is an affair of the heart, joined with an unreserved lifelong commitment to this magnificent land, its people, its diverse and virtually classless society and its cultures.

I personally know many people born here that, in this sense, will never be an “Alaskan” and many others that became “Alaskans” the day they arrived here.

Can’t we please knock off this kind of stuff, start acting like the Alaskans we really are, and direct our focus to those issues that truly matter?

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jford 07/01/14 - 09:41 pm
Residency matters, your opinion, ...not so much.

Carpetbaggers showing up and running for public office need to be vetted and if their residency qualifications are not up to snuff, the public needs to know.

We've had enough of grifters and scam artists showing up and claiming to be Alaskans.

No time establishing residency, public office.

Allen 07/02/14 - 10:55 pm
Who are you talking about?

It matters greatly whether a candidate has actual experience living, working and raising a family in Alaska or the district in Alaska where he or she is running -- or is just a political hack or puppet. Or thinks people who actually live here are too stupid to figure out what a carpetbagger is. Since Sarah Palin ran for national office all eyes of hucksters are on Alaska.

Stating that Alaska has a "virtually classless society" is a cruel joke. Alaska is one of the most racist states in the United States, that's why the U.S. Justice Department had to approve changes in election procedures here, just like in Mississippi.

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