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Murkowski has not adequately considered ramifications of cuts

Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2003

A few years ago I was in Juneau at a dinner party given by one of our illustrious politicians. The gist of the conversation bordered on the millions (no, hundreds of millions of dollars) which poured in from all the oil money back in the '80s.

It always amazes me how a little wine loosens the lips. Don't get me wrong; the fellow I was conversing with meant no harm or gossip, he just had a little too much jabber juice.

At any rate, the gist of the conversation was that during the good old days when the oil money flowed it was relayed to me that everybody and their relatives were hired, i.e., given jobs and more jobs.Nepotism ran rampant as well as giving contracts to everybody and his buddy.

Needless to say, the governor in his zeal has taken upon himself to cut the budget without considering the ramifications of the elderly as well as the less fortunate in our community. Cutting a man's hand off without considering the rest of his body is just bad judgment if not just bad common sense.

Rick Segura, Kenai



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