Shooting range spending triggers reader's response

Posted: Monday, March 31, 2008

I just was reading my morning newspaper and I am appalled and heartbroken.

In the Clarion it stated, and I quote, "$676 million for operation of shooting ranges in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau ... and additional money for troopers, health and social services public affairs office and election workers."

Six hundred seventy-six million dollars for shooting ranges? I am shocked beyond words.

I went to Juneau and begged the legislators for $13 million for community health centers to help the uninsured and needy people of or state.

I walked up and down the halls of offices talking to anyone who would listen.

I have written and faxed and phoned anyone who was associated with state government to help us raise monies to update to the mandated electronic records system that the government has deemed we have.

So why would this huge amount of money be set aside for gun ranges be higher up the list than CHCs that serve anyone in need, regardless of their ability to pay in this great state of Alaska?

I would like to talk face to face with Gov. Sarah Palin, although I know that will never happen.

But woman to woman, I voted for her and, until today, I never regretted it.

Today I do.

Diane Fielden


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