Fourth celebration brings interesting discussion

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010

I spent the July 4th celebration at the Alaskan Independence Party table/booth in Kenai. I was passing out my campaign brochure and discussing the issues with the people.

Gubernatorial candidate Ralph Samuels came by and we exchanged candidate brochures and discussed the issues. He like Governor Parnell and I believe the federal government is the greatest threat to Alaska. He also stated Alaska's declining oil production is the second greatest threat.

Mr. Samuels believes a large pipeline from the North Slope to Valdez will take years to bring natural gas to Alaskans. He believes the oil corporations will tie up the delivery in the courts with lengthy litigation.

Perhaps he is correct. We only have to look at the Exxon Valdez case to see the decades lost because of the behavior of the mega-corporations. This brings up the question; who is in control of Alaska's future? Is it the people through our elected representatives or the global corporations? I know the answer at the federal level. What is the answer at the state level?

Isn't it time we do it ourselves?

Ray Southwell, RN


Candidate for Alaska State House District 34

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