Legislators elected to do business of people, including private prison
I wish to respond to the letter of Marge Hays ("Private Prison will benefit a few but not community as a whole").
The voters of Alaska elected qualified individuals to the Legislature to do the business of the people, including a private prison.
I feel comfortable that I voted for someone who will protect my interests.
Some people complain that government moves at a snail's pace and then complain that government moves too fast.
Ms. Hays states that there will be those who make money selling the land, constructing the prison and building low cost housing. Does Ms. Hays expect the land owner to donate the land?
Ms. Hayes worries about new schools, sewage, water, roads and electrical energy, as well as more police. I realize that some people don't know what all this means, but it's called "progress."
Progress means more jobs, more people, more building (hopefully, a grocery chain for competition).
The prison will mean jobs inside and outside the prison, meaning more money will be spent at the local level.
As far as Ms. Hays' comment about signs warning "do not pick up hitchhikers for the next 20 miles," I would like to say that you should not pick up hitchhikers on any road, as it could prove fatal.
Russell White, Kenai
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