Binkley has reader’s vote for governor

Posted: Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I was glad to see that John Binkley is back in Alaskan politics and running for Governor, now that his children are grown up and live in Alaska. I have known John since he was in high school. Even then, it was obvious that he is very intelligent and hard working. Through the years I have followed his career as he became a successful businessman in the visitor industry, started a shipping business on the Kuskokwim River, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alaska Railroad. In the meantime, he was elected to the State Senate and served on the Finance Committee.

Through all of this John has always been honest, fair and “transparent.” He doesn’t just listen to others, he considers what they say about their hopes, concerns and fears. He pays attention to the opinions of others, even if they differ from his own.

I know that he will do the best he can for future Alaskans. He is a third-generation Alaskan, and will soon have Alaskan grandchildren. At the same time, I’m sure that he will not forget those of us who are retired and living on a fixed income.

They talk about politics within the “beltway.” John Binkley’s beltway runs from Barrow to Ketchikan, Fort Yukon to Nome. His daughter lives in Anchorage and John knows the concerns of the people on the Kenai Peninsula. He’s “pro-development,” but also wants his children, and future generations of Alaska to have a healthy, sustainable environment. He is not an extremist; he is balanced in his views.

In my forty-three years in Alaska, I have seen what I consider two really great Governors — Bill Egan and Jay Hammond. With his experience and high moral standards, if elected, John Binkley will be our third “great Governor.”

Wally Olson

Auke Bay

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