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Letter: Alaskans, don't jump off the roof

Posted: February 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Alaskans need to be on high alert when Gov. Sean Parnell starts talking about using public money to fund private schools.

Americans for Prosperity, aka the Koch Brothers, wrote the blueprint for Republicans to follow on this issue, and it appeared on Jan. 26 in the Anchorage Daily News under the title, “Time for Alaskans to have school choice.”

Rod McCoy, in a Feb. 10 Juneau Empire column, eloquently lays out the case for maintaining the status quo of public funding for public education, as opposed to Gov. Parnell’s pitch to take the extreme step of changing Alaska’s constitution to use public money for private schools. You don’t have to dig far to find the fingerprints of Charles and David Koch all over this.

These two men have unlimited wealth and a maniacal agenda to reshape our democracy in their image. They contribute heavily to Republican candidates, then they come calling state by state to get their pound of political flesh. They roil up state legislatures across the country with their divisive agenda.

What we need is transparency. If the richest state in the union is not enthusiastically investing in the education of our children, then it is a philosophical issue and not a financial one. The question has to be, “Why would you want Alaskan children to have less than the very best education we can afford? Why did the Republicans in the Legislature support this de facto attack on our kids’ futures? What would their moms say?” To put it another way, “If the Koch Brothers jumped off a roof, would you do it, too?”

Evidently, when the Koch brothers tell Republicans to jump off the roof, they jump, but this is a democracy and we, the citizens, need to speak up now.

Barbara Belknap

Juneau

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Frank Heart
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Frank Heart 02/11/14 - 11:18 am
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Hear hear!

Hear hear!

Owen Beaver
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Owen Beaver 02/11/14 - 11:49 am
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Oh Brothers where art thou.....

It's good to know someone in the community is ever vigilant in the face of an evil Republican threat!

Juanita Reese
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Juanita Reese 02/11/14 - 12:56 pm
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Well stated!

Thanks for writing, Ms. Belknap.

Judy Hodel
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Judy Hodel 02/11/14 - 04:02 pm
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Religion Taught as Science On the Way

Not only is he supporting vouchers, to insert religious, unscientific views based on disproven economic fantasies and ancient books full of primitive morality and magic people into science classrooms with public money.

Capt Zero will introduce a bill that is just like the Louisiana Science and Education Act that allows public school teachers to use supplemental materials in the science classroom which are critical of established science on such topics as the theory of evolution and global warming.

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Judy Hodel 02/11/14 - 04:43 pm
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Koch Accused JFK of Treason

Back in the early 60's the Koch bros. daddy and his John Birch Society proved to be to right wing for the more sane version of the GOP then in existance and they were banished from the party after Goldwater's defeat.
In Nomember of 1963 they printed and distributed tens of thousands of "Wanted" posters throughout Dallas accusing President Kennedy of Treason for his support of the Civil Rights Amendment that was later pushed through by Johnson.

Now one of their biggest missions, alongside keeping Americans from having access to health insurance, privatizing schools, taking away voting rights, outright buying legislators via ALEC etc., is pushing through the Keystone XL pipeline to it's refineries on the Gulf of Mexico that are set up specifically to deal with high sulfur/carbon crude oil from the tar sands projects in Canada.

All of the products produced from the hideously polluting bitumen will be exported. Mean while refineries in the midwest will be short changed which will result in higher prices for refined gasoline and fuel oil in the midwest states. The people of Kansas will pay more but will still vote against their own interests as the Koch fueled propaganda poisons the airwaves and contaminates the thinking processes of otherwise sane Americans just as it effects Alaskans who should know better.

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