Alaska mayors painted with the same brush

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin recently addressed the Alaska Conference of Mayors, where she was criticized by the one of the mayors for being inaccessible. This is as far from the truth as you can get.

Our Yakutat delegation had no problem setting up a meeting to discuss our vetoed capital projects. The governor gave us ample time to explain our projects, and she asked intelligent and informed questions. People forget she was mayor of Wasilla before becoming governor, so she is well aware of the problems facing local governments.

Palin reinstated revenue-sharing last year and plans to increase revenue sharing by 50 percent this coming year. In addition to revenue-sharing, she has an acceptable formula to address the Public Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System, so we can finally get this monster off our backs. Any mayor who criticizes this governor for being inaccessible and not having local government's interest at heart are either without a phone, or their noses are bent out of shape because a project in their district was vetoed. I say, get over it.

The governor was sent to Juneau with a landside victory with little help from the Republican Party. If you remember, she exposed the chairman of the party, Randy Ruedrich, for unethical behavior, while working for the Murkowski administration. She also joined a Democrat to launch an ethics complaint against Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, another one of Murkowski's cronies. This behavior demonstrated to most Alaskans that this woman has integrity. Apparently, 92 percent of Alaskans still believe they have a governor they can trust.

The majority of mayors I talk to feel like Palin is doing an outstanding job. She should keep up the good work.

Dave Stone



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