Story mentioned James Price's political failures, not his successes

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004

I'm writing to point out and amend an oversight in reporter Hal Spence's story on the Gov. Frank Murkowski recall campaign ("Group starts effort to recall governor," Jan. 29).

In it, Mr. Spence describes local political activist James Price by citing his two political failures: an unsuccessful effort to eliminate sales tax on unprepared food and a loss in a state House race.

Now, let me say that I've known Mr. Spence for 10 years and regard him as the epitome of journalist integrity, so I believe his omission of Mr. Price's political successes was simply an oversight.

Those successes are Mr. Price's election to the North Peninsula Recreation Area Service Board and, most notably, for being the main force behind defeating the private prison proposal in 2001, a position 75 percent of peninsula voters agreed with.

Jay Barrett , Kenai

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