A rebuttal

I thought for sure that someone would have publicly spiked Murray Walsh’s trashing of Jackie Stewart for writing her good piece condemning Gov. Sean Parnell’s efforts to undo the provisions of the Alaska Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) act, to further line the pockets of his oil industry connections. It turns out a good number did, and the sentiment was unanimous, but unfortunately they were all posted online. It’s a pity that they were not sent to this more appropriate venue, as Walsh should be not left with the public impression of having had the last word.

He accused Stewart of “contempt based on ignorance” regarding the governor, and jibed with this: “Does she think he wants to go on to cap off an illustrious career as an oil company lobbyist?”

In this, it seems that Walsh may be the ignorant one, or perhaps merely forgetting, that one of the most “illustrious” things Parnell has done in his life was to be an actual oil company lobbyist. Which is a telling fact, if by “illustrious” Walsh means not just “well known” which is the more common definition, but “illuminating (providing luster) of the character of the man,” which may more relate to the derivation of the word. Not to forget Parnell’s flip-flopping on his promise to not touch the tourism head-tax right when he needed campaign funds from the cruise corporations. That was “illustrious,” too! As was initiating his practice of personally unveiling for us what the permanent fund was to be during an election year, (and most conveniently right before the election!) — a practice which shamelessly serves his media image, but which we are all unfortunately captive to. And that, too, my friends — is “illustrious!”

Tony Tengs

Juneau

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