Governor doing what he said he wouldn't during campaign

Posted: Monday, January 26, 2004

The Republican Party of Alaska is building a simplistic attitude of no guts no glory and go with the flow mentality. In the history of Alaska, our leaders in the state Senate or House were legislators that would not bow and scrape the floor to any governor. They stood tall, but this is no longer the case.

The cowards have sanctioned Republican Rep. Bob Lynn for voting with the Democrats on the Longevity Bonus Program. He was right and they were wrong with better the 70 percent of the people in the state on his side.

What we would like is a smaller government but not by cutting the throats of the old, young and Natives of Alaska.

In the governor's State of the State address he talked about keeping the young people in the state. When a student leaves college and has a dismal experience with the local hiring personnel offices, they leave the state. As the old saying goes, "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." The governor's funding level this past year in education speaks for itself. The students need the necessary tools to succeed in life and the present programs don't meet this goal.

The "No Child Left Behind" program is not about the three Rs but about usable skills. The United States has very few trade apprenticeship programs for the students to obtain the necessary tools to survive in this highly specialized world. We should have schools geared around individual levels of expertise. Somewhere around 13 years of age, a student's interest starts developing. This is where we should start testing and relocating them into a useful trade-type school. We should not wait until after they have fail high school with no recourse but to work the rest of their lives at a fast-food restaurant, grocery store or any of the other low-paying service industries. As for the students who can master the three Rs,

we must fund education at a level needed to help them enter college and life.

I recently read that the state was planning to repair the Copper River Bridge. Officials claim it would cost a millions dollars to remove the bridge if it collapsed. They also claim it would be cheaper to repair the bridge. Why, this is 40 plus miles from nowhere. It's in an area where no one goes, no one lives and has no future for industry. It is a total waste of state and federal funds. What will we to do with the lands this will open up? Wouldn't this money be better spent to assist in education or health services for the elderly?

The governor is about to attack the permanent fund in February. This year he is shifting the load onto the backs of a panel geared to attach this fund keeping him clear of the responsibly for cutting state budgets. When he was sworn into office this past year, he said we would have to tighten our belts. Why was the belt tightening done only on the seniors, youths, Natives and education? Is it his idea of cutting is to pick only on the weak?

I am sure dramatic tax increases will be in the offering. First, he talks about budget cuts then it's taxes. Which side of the fence is he on? We have the largest state employment group in the United States 28 percent counting all forms of government. This is way too high. Our governor has not cut any of those old programs put in place when the money flowed like water in Alaska. Let's get serious and cut funding to the bone in all government departments except education, public safety and health and welfare.

If we cut 10 percent in employment the first year and 10 percent in employment the second year we could save millions of dollars yearly. The governor has appointed and created new jobs to remove legislators who were in his way. This has run into the millions of dollars and is no way to cut the budget.

Ladies and gentlemen, it time for a recall election in Alaska under the aspect of Black's Law Dictionary "malfeasance" the doing of an act which a person ought not do at all.

Any governor who line item vetoes state Statute Sec. 47.45.010 with no regard for the senior citizens or the people of the state is not much of a governor. It is no longer a free election when the governor can arbitrarily appoint anyone he wants to any position, newly created or existing. Then control is run by the party and your voice is never heard. The governor said time and time again "we will not attack the permanent fund" and "no taxes" while on the campaign trail. That is exactly what he is doing right now.

John VinZant , Soldotna



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