On July 24, 2003, Molly Ivins wrote an article titled "North to Alaska," and I've been carrying it in my backpack ever since.
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I was so grateful that one of my heroes had come all the way up here and had seen it the way I do and said it the way I wish I could: "One of the oddest things about Alaska is the complete disconnect between its politics and its reality."
In this piece, she defends the salmon and the Tongass and gives us the courage to keep on defending them.
In her final column, Molly Ivins wrote, "We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. Raise hell ... We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, 'Stop it, now!'"
I wish I had met you, Molly. Thank you for your columns that I will miss so much. Thank you for coming to Alaska. There are people here in the other great state wishing you Godspeed. Think of us when you pass the Big Dipper and the North Star.
Jill Bohr Jacob