Mayor should use more honey, less vinegar in remarks

Posted: Friday, April 07, 2006

My grandmother always told me you could catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar.

That thought came to my mind when I read Sunday’s (March 26) Clarion wherein Mayor Williams called ACT people ‘Domestic terrorists.”

Mayor Williams must have forgotten that he took an oath of office when he was elected borough mayor, and in so doing he swore to uphold the constitution of the state of Alaska.

He also must have forgotten that the very first section of that document — Declaration of Rights, Article 1, Section 2 says :

“All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.”

Section 5, Freedom of Speech, says:

“Every person may freely speak, write and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right.”

Section 6, Assembly, says:

“The right of the people peacefully to assemble, and to petition the government shall never be abridged.”

By calling ACT members and supporters “terrorists,” Mayor Williams is denying the people access to sections 2 and 6 of the Alaska Constitution, and he is abusing Section 5 by making false accusations against citizens who are merely trying to find ways to stop fiscal irresponsibility.

He may disagree with actions taken, he may even feel severely inconvenienced, but calling ACT “terrorists” is uncalled for and inappropriate.

I urge the assembly to request that Mayor Williams use more honey and less vinegar. Working WITH the people is a more constructive way to solve the borough’s problems than insulting them.

Joann Odd


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