Legislators should not be forced to march to Republican Party's beat

Posted: Sunday, January 18, 2004

I just read of the childish "wrist-slaps" given to Rep. Bob Lynn for his longevity bonus vote. It would be very interesting to poll the constituents in his area who elected him to office to see if he is voting the will of the people, as he is supposed to do, rather than "falling into line" just because he is a member of a political party.

This is still the United States of America, isn't it? Our guiding lines are our state and federal constitutions, right? What would be the use of our voting per the promises and efforts of our representatives in the legislature if we must all follow the steam-roller tactics of a political party just because there are more of them in office? Does becoming a majority mean the individuals we choose must lose their identities, their contact with the voters and their right to speak as they believe? I do not think so.

Please, fellow Alaskans, make note of these little incidents and keep them in a list for the next elections. It is up to us to see we do continue to have a say in how our state and country are governed.

Georgia L. Griffin


Alaska resident and voter since 1946

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