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My Turn author should get a life

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2007

This is in rebuttal to Gregg Erickson's My Turn about state officials who land lucrative lobbying jobs after leaving government in Thursday's Juneau Empire.

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Just a few short years ago, economist Erickson published a fluffy economic analysis of the Tongass National Forest. He made specious claims that the economic life in the Tongass has never been better since the environmentalists shut down the timber industry in Southeast Alaska. Erickson doesn't work for free. Who paid for his purportedly truthful analysis?

Now Erickson is impugning Kevin Jardell's reputation with innuendo using his favorite weasel tactic of making a bold false statement followed by, "I've seen no evidence to suggest Jardell did this." If there is no evidence, how can he even think of making the foolish statement in the first place?

Erickson should get a life. Or better yet, he should get one of those state jobs he seems to covet. After a few short years, he too could qualify for a job in the industry. His envy is palpable.

David Fremming

Juneau



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