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Posted: October 17, 2013 - 11:02pm

Dear Editor,

I hope that the quotation in today’s front-page article on Alaska Day, to the effect that if it weren’t for Alaska Day we’d all now be speaking Russian, was intended as a bit of dramatic hyperbole, rather than as a comment on actual history.

The fact was that in the 1860s, Russia, for a number of good reasons, wanted to get shut of Alaska.

Essentially they had the choice of selling it to the United States, or risking having Britain seize it.

So, a much more plausible statement would be: “If it weren’t for Alaska Day, we would all be speaking Canadian right now.”

And wouldn’t even know what the words “government shutdown” meant . . .

William De Armond

Auke Bay

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