As I read the opinion page yesterday, (March 27) I was torn on which opinion I should respond to first -- the lengthy CPGH Inc. board or the Clarion's opinion column. I chose the latter. I will discuss the hospital corporate board in a letter to the mayor on April 5.
It would appear the experts on the Constitution, at the paper, believe our Constitutions protect us from International agreements.
Article VI of the Constitution of the United States expresses ". . . all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land. . ." Given the current politics in D.C. and the federal courts, I am not sure if the Constitution would be in first place above a treaty.
Of course, the paper believes Juneau should do something for the poor oil corporations. After all making $30 a barrel profit is not enough for the poor oil companies. I understand, they have to compete for those investments dollars the banks are getting. And those banks have a perfectly legal Ponzi scheme and they are not allowed to fail.
How many times do we see the corporate mantra on the front page of the paper? Poor oil companies and the extreme taxes they have to pay. We are now being bombarded by paid ads telling us how the companies are moving equipment to North Dakota because of the tax rate. Perhaps we should look at another issue.
Washington, D.C., occupies 70 percent of Alaska. In North Dakota it is 2.7 percent. I wonder what the oil companies would do if we occupied our land the Federal occupation forces are in control of?
Some in Juneau are making an attempt to stand up to the corporations and Washington, D.C. With freedom and liberty come responsibilities. Do we have the courage to face our fears and exercise our responsibilities for future generations?
We the people must stand up to Washington, D.C,, and the corporations in control of it.
Ray Southwell, Nikiski
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