Letters to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

Qualifications, not ethnicity, should determine who gets job

Hiring for a job should be based upon qualifications, not ethnic preferences.

In this day and age, I find it disturbing that our government requires some companies to hire a specific quota of "minorities." I mean no disrespect to those who are considered to be a minority by our government. Although, I do believe that our government needs to take a second look at who the "minority" has become -- the average white male.

Even I, as a female, have more protected privileges than my spouse does.

Instead of basing a job position upon the qualifications of the candidates, many times a person may be offered the job because of ethnic preference, even though the person's counterpart is more qualified for the job.

The people of the United States, through our government, have corrected the injustices brought upon many, creating equality for all. At least until now, when a white man is discriminated against. Not because he isn't qualified for the job, but because the government requires a quota of "minorities" to be hired first even though they may be less qualified for the job.

I ask, who now is the minority?

Dawn Hoogenboom


Lottery for Kenai River guide permits could solve problem

I am proposing a possible solution to the "too many guides, not enough fish" problem on the Kenai River.

How about a lottery for permits? This could be statewide, and there would no limit to how many entries a person can have. The permits could be transferrable so that those with no guiding experience can sell them.

Also, these permits could be used for one season only. This solution would also raise revenue for the state.

Michael Savage


Alaskan Independence Party candidates offer voters a choice

In case you have not seen the latest Republican lie in your mailbox or heard them at your door, I would like to answer them.

The Alaskan Independence Party was not the one who chose to close the primary. It was the "conservative" Republican Party of Alaska following the lead of the "liberal" California Democratic Party. As a result, the only primary a party member can participate in is the one in which they belong. So what's the difference between the two parties? You be the judge.

We at the AIP are fielding more candidates this year than we have since the 1992 election -- the one after our candidate took the governor's mansion from the donkeys.

This year the AIP is offering more choices for our gubernatorial nomination than ever before. We have six candidates running. Of these, five have signed the AIP platform: John Wayne Glotfelty of North Pole, Nels Anderson of Dillingham, Sam Fevos of Salcha and Casey Cockerham and Sandy Haldane, both of Fairbanks.

Dan Denardo is running for lieutenant governor.

We have Jim Dore running for U.S. Senate.

For state Senate, Trac Copher is running in District F Sutton Valdez, North Pole.

For State House: William Nemec from the Healey-Fairbanks area is running in District 7; Robert Shumaker from Palmer is running in District 13; Marci Schmidt in Wasilla is running in District 14; Jon Pinard from Talkeetna is running in District 15 and Larry Wood from the Chugiak-Lazy Mountain area is running in District 16.

It is rumored that there may actually be more candidates because grass-roots, write-in campaigns are supposed to exist.

Hmmm looks like the AIP is offering choices in at least nine races. When you vote for an AIP candidate this year you can rest assured the candidate stands for something. All House, Senate, governor and lieutenant governor candidates have signed off on the AIP platform but one.

When the Republicans come to your door and tell you that you should change your registration because there are no AIP candidates for you to vote for, tell them they are lying and do what the former first lady said, "Just say no!" This year it is time to remind the powers to be this: Donkeys and elephants are not native to Alaska. The bear is.

Alaska first, Alaskan always,

Mark Chryson, chair

Alaskan Independence Party


Picture in Sunday's Clarion disrespectful, insensitive

I would like to express my disgust with the Clarion for the picture of Mrs. Halsey on the front page of Sunday's paper. After what those people went through that night just trying to stay alive, to have the Clarion plaster her picture after being rescued is cold and very disrespectful in my opinion. It is right up there with when the Clarion published the picture of the corpse, trying to find out who he was.

Maybe try putting yourself in front of the camera before you print it for everyone else. Some of us respect others' privacy and feelings.

Amy Falk


Another view: Sunday's photo provides valuable life lesson

M. Scott Moon's remarkable front page rescue photo in Sunday's Clarion captured the dramatic quest for life in Cook Inlet. The photo is a testament to courage and a lesson to all of us to never give up regardless of the adversity we are faced with.

Alan Boraas


Reporter's column offers thoughtful perspective on what patriotism is

Thanks to Carly Bossert for the insightful commentary on the pledge and patriotic practices. Beautifully and eloquently done.

Al Sundquist, president,

Alaska Chapter

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

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