Keep Alaska's capital in Juneau

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008

I am writing this letter, not as the state employee that I am, but as an Alaska citizen. I was just reading a news story on KTUU's Web site that talked about yet another push to move the legislative sessions out of Juneau. There was a statement in the article saying, "The governor says legislators have made it clear that they don't want her meddling in their business, so she says she will sign the bill if it reaches her desk."

The legislators that we, the citizens of Alaska, have elected are supposed to not only do what is right for Alaska, but they are also supposed to represent what the majority of Alaskans have said time and time again. What the majority of us have said over and over is no to moving the capital and no to moving the legislative sessions. Obviously there are a handful of those elected officials who insist on saying forget what our citizens want, we want things moved.

It is the duty of the governor to act on the citizens' behalf as well.

There is a poll currently running on the KTUU Web site that asks if the Legislature should be moved out of Juneau. The overwhelming majority of those who have voted, at the time of this writing, is 24 percent yes, 76 percent no. It is high time this foolishness stops and that, if necessary, a bill or some other type of action is presented and signed into law that Juneau is and will always be the capital of Alaska unless some catastrophic event occurs that makes keeping the capital in Juneau untenable.

It would, in fact, be a catastrophic event if the legislative sessions were moved, much less the entire capital. If this handful of legislators have their way, the sessions will be moved first and then you can bet that they will start saying, well, the sessions have been moved so we need to move the capital up north too so all of the state's business can be conducted in one place.

Our elected officials need to remember who elected them in the first place, and the governor should not just sign whatever comes across her desk because that's what a handful of people who are supposed to represent us might want.

Do what the majority of us have said over and over. Just say no.

Marc Mulkey


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