You never know what a person is really capable of until they’re in a situation where they’re under pressure. Then, it’s at this point that you really see their true colors. Rep. Steve Thompson, Rep. Lindsey Holmes, and Rep. Kurt Olson were three individuals who, during their service at the House Labor and Commerce Committee a couple weeks ago, were under a great deal of pressure, listening to very emotional testimonies regarding rural veterinary care and the lack thereof. They made the decision to vote yes on HB 251, allowing it to move forward to the next stage.
I really admire these representatives because they had a choice to make; either to listen to those of us who are living in these circumstances in our day to day lives, or to listen to the other side which is loaded with advice and concerns, and who have absolutely no idea how much suffering and pain is occurring.
They were getting hammered by the so called “experts”, but they chose to dig in their heels and vote for what was truly right. Thompson, Holmes and Olson listened and responded to the people. They did what they were elected to do and restored hope in the system.
So with that I’d like to express my gratitude to these representatives. Their strength and endurance will not be forgotten. I hope as this bill moves along, other legislators will be encouraged by these three and continue standing by the rural people and animals of Alaska.