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Letter: Gov. Parnell's Ketchikan remarks astounding

Posted: February 12, 2014 - 1:01am

The following are my personal opinions and do not represent the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in any way.

I just heard Gov. Sean Parnell’s interview with KRBD radio in Ketchikan during an unplanned visit to our fair city. I was astounded by his remarks. After over six years of appeals to the Legislature and the administrations of both Gov. Parnell and former Gov. Sarah Palin, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough filed a last resort lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of state statutes that require a local contribution for schools. What was shocking was that a sitting governor, running for re-election, publicly announced that Ketchikan’s court challenge will likely reduce our future chances of state funding.

A powerful governor, who proposes budgets and holds line item veto, publicly threatening retaliation against his own citizens exercising their rights is downright chilling. Whether you agree with Ketchikan’s lawsuit or not, this should give all Alaskans pause. The governor has since retracted the threat, but it’s awfully hard to un-ring a bell.

Glen Thompson

Assembly member

Ketchikan Gateway Borough

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