Is Palin conducting politics as usual?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Earlier this week the Empire ran a story citing bipartisan praise for Gov. Sarah Palin. The Sunday edition, then, brought up a "legislative" initiative that may result in the state capital relocating to the Matanuska-Susitna region. Could the governor be involved? Is that just a possibility?

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Granted, the bill has been introduced in the past, but here it is again. Once again, the bill's principal proponent is from Wasilla. Now, the governor has suggested she would take no action to move the capital, but that does not eliminate the possibility that hometown friends in the Alaska Legislature might make a move. After all, according to Palin, it is not executive but, rather, legislative jurisdiction. Perhaps I'm suspicious, but I just have a feeling the governor is applauding the move. As a matter of fact, after four years of fury and disappointment at the appalling antics of the Murkowski administration, I'm very, very skeptical when it comes to politicians.

Alaskans were led to believe via campaign rhetoric that a Palin administration would be a "breath of fresh air." This past week's bipartisan "love fest" kept the honeymoon atmosphere alive. Maybe I'm a wet blanket, but I'm starting to sense that it's politics as usual.

Becky J. Smith

Juneau



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