Letters to the Editor

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Outdoor council's political action committee supports Taylor

Cited by a recent University of Alaska study as being among the top 10 most politically influential organizations in the state, the Alaska Outdoor Council is proud of our work in support of the outdoor heritage of Alaskans.

But make no mistake, fellow outdoorsmen and women, we need your help to continue our successful defense of these rights and opportunities important to us all.

Only by electing our strongest allies and returning our proven friends to office, can we preserve and protect our right to enjoy our public lands and resources.

Sen. Robin Taylor is exactly that -- a strong ally and proven friend. During his nearly two decades of public service, Sen. Taylor has consistently been there for us. He has provided crucial leadership on our issues, supported our positions and turned away numerous attacks on our rights. That's why he has earned the sole endorsement of the Alaska Outdoor Council PAC in the race for lieutenant governor. No other candidate for this important statewide office even comes close.

If enjoying the Alaskan outdoor lifestyle is important to you, if you want to continue to access and enjoy your natural resources, if you want to preserve your right to hunt and fish, your rights as gun owners and, most importantly your, right to pass these important values on to your children, we ask you to join us in supporting Robin Taylor in this critical primary election.

Brett W. Huber


Alaska Outdoor Council PAC

Voters could send strong message by picking up third-party ballot

Our legislators voted for the new closed primary (House Bill 193) claiming it was because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of the Democratic Party in California. The truth is this court decision did affirm a political party's right to close their primary. However, our elected officials went beyond the scope of that court decision. They decided to close the primary for all parties. You can find the truth about which legislators supported HB 193 by going to http://www.akvoters.org/watchdog.htm.

Most people I've talked with think a closed primary is more beneficial to political parties than to the voting public. The Republican and Democratic parties who created this mess had hoped this would attract more undeclared and nonpartisan voters who accounted for 52 percent in the 2000 election into their organization.

In reality, frustrated voters, including a record number of Republicans, have changed their party affiliation to undeclared and non-partisan when faced with this closed primary.

Some people suggest we protest the closed primary by not voting on Aug. 27. Maybe a stronger statement would be made by picking up a third-party ballot? Show the Republican and Democratic parties how far out of step they really are with the general public.

We must all get involved by voting for people representing our views, not some party with half-baked ideas, empty promises and failed schemes!

Malcolm McBride


Web sites provide information about candidates, their positions

The oil companies in Alaska pay a royalty, which is a fixed amount based upon how much oil is recovered at the wellhead. The oil companies have nothing to do with how the federal and Alaska state governments divide the royalty. The Prudhoe Bay oil field royalty is split 10 percent to the federal government and 90 percent to the Alaska state government. This was the royalty split agreed to at statehood between the federal government and the people of Alaska.

Our congressional delegation made up of Ted Stevens, Frank Murkowski and Don Young have been pushing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge bill that calls for a 50/50 royalty split between the federal and state governments. Why should we have to settle for 40 percent less in royalty in the National Petroleum Reserve, ANWR and possibly other future oil fields? The Alaska Legislature appears to agree with this 50/50 split, spending millions of dollars lobbying for it.

This year in CSHB 334, our legislators gave an additional $ 1.1 million dollars toward this effort. See how your legislator voted on CSHB 334 at this Web site: http://www.akvoters.org/watchdog.htm.

Frank Murkowski wants to be our governor. What is his real reason for returning to Alaska? The oil cartel contributes lavishly to his campaign via attorneys, subcontractors, employees etc. Check it all out at the Alaska State APOC Web site: http://www.state.ak.us/apoc/index.htm.

We must ask ourselves, whom these candidates will really represent if elected at the executive and legislative level. We will be looking for the gubernatorial candidate that is totally for the best interests of Alaska and its citizens. We may very well be voting the primary election ballots of one of minor party candidates if they are the most Alaska in heart, soul and spirit!

Bill and Samon Arnold


House District 33 candidate clarifies position on sales tax vs. income tax

I appreciate this opportunity to clarify one of my responses that was reported from the forum at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. In a question regarding revenue sources, my response actually indicated I would give more consideration to a discussion of an income tax than to a state sales tax, not that I supported an income tax at this time. I do not favor a sales tax because it would put an additional burden on the borough, as well as the cities of Soldotna and Kenai where the sales tax provides a significant portion of their budgets. Cities such as Anchorage would not be forced into a similar conflict because they currently have no sales tax.

And of course, any conversations about new revenues need to take place within a framework that includes ways of making government more efficient and affordable and having a comprehensive plan. None of these critical decisions can be made in a vacuum. In order to get Alaska to a more sound financial position, every possible option for both cutting the budget and for increasing revenue should be thoroughly discussed and evaluated. It is only by working together and directing our energy in this way we will find a solution that is acceptable for our state.

Hal Smalley


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