Anchorage is much cheaper than Juneau

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This letter is responding to quotes from Rep. Andrea Doll's My Turn on Jan. 8.

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She wrote, "I live in Juneau. My constituents in the Fourth District live perhaps 12 miles away. I hear from them often. They phone, e-mail and write me. That's the modern way. Perhaps 2 percent of all my in-office contacts with them are in person."

Doll's constituent base is probably less than 10,000. There are significant numbers of legislators with three to five times that amount of constituents.

I am tired of Juneau residents complaining about moving the capital. The government needs to reduce spending. Having a major focal point of government in one of the most expensive cites in Alaska is asinine.

The basic fundamental point is that Anchorage is cheaper.

And the legislators here, in the Municipality of Anchorage, have somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 to 20 times the number of constituents than in Juneau.

I thought the democratic process involved representatives of the public given weight by the number of people they represent.

If that is the case, should we even listen to the Juneau legislators, with only about 5 percent of the citizens of Alaska represented?

Lastly, Doll writes that "unwary legislators are more likely to be tempted when they are not under scrutiny in a major population center."

This is correct. You can't tell me that Alaska doesn't have a history with this. Everyone I know, acts a "little" different when they know they are being watched.

Joshua Lovett


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