Elected officials working for big corporations, not public interests

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2003

We elect representatives to represent the people and right away they start working for the big corporations against the people. Haven't you guys figured out that big corporations take away and destroy resources that belong to the people? It seems lately that all of you are reverse Robin Hoods taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

Big is not better. Big is wasteful and destructive. Big corporations and government funding overbuilt the fishing fleet, thereby destroying the resource and putting small boat owners out of work! Government financing for big farm corporations in the United States put a million small farmers out of business. Big shipping companies and the state ferry system put the smaller freight companies out of business.

To remedy the situation, you invited more big companies into the state by giving them tax incentives and cheap resources that belong to the people. They exploit everything and leave.

In the case of Senate Bill 93, the Senate caved into the big corporations who own large tracts of land with natural gas potential in southwestern Alaska. You guys are supposed to be working for the citizens, not the corporations!

Senate Bill 93 is an infringement upon basic human rights and is in direct conflict with rights held by citizens of other states.

Article IV Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution: "The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states."

In other words, abolishing and-or restricting the rights of citizens in Alaska when they can enjoy those same rights in other states makes this legislation unconstitutional.

Amendment XIV Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution: "... No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Section 16 of the Constitution of the state of Alaska protection of rights. "No person shall be involuntarily divested of his right to the use of waters, his interests in lands, or improvements affecting either purpose, except for a superior beneficial use or public purpose and then only with just compensation and by operation of law."

Public purpose does not mean corporate purpose.

Henry Kroll


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