This letter is in response to Sen. Tom Wagoner's article "Who will pay for buybacks? What peninsula priority will be sacrificed?" (Peninsula Clarion, Dec. 29)
The 14th Amendment of the Constitution requires proper notification and impartial hearings prior to the state taking actions against U.S. citizens that allow their property to be leased out from under them.
There are plenty of places the state government could utilize coal-bed methane resources without invading neighborhoods and recreational areas with heavy industrial development.
The state government has chosen to actively promote this industrial development inside residential areas without proper notifications and without impartial hearings.
It is the golden rule: Out-of-state coalbed methane special interests have used their gold to influence our state politicians to write rules that allow our due process rights to be subverted and our land to be leased out from underneath us and our water supplies to be threatened without unbiased hearings.
I have consistently voted Republican and personally have voted for Sen. Scott Ogan, R-Palmer, several times. Unfortunately, it is obvious that out-of-state special interest campaign contributors are taking precedence over Alaska residents. I quote Matthew 6:24: "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other."
Who are Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, Sen. Ogan and Sen. Wagoner representing?
I think that Vic Kohring, Scott Ogan and Tom Wagoner should buy back the leases that fall inside residential areas with their IRAs and 401Ks.
Disenfranchised Hatcher Pass resident.
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