It's no wonder that people don't vote

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2004

The Murkowski administration seems determined to convince us that the best government is bad government. The latest example is the governor and his commissioner of transportation telling us different stories about whether a decision has been made to move the ferry headquarters from Juneau to Ketchikan.

This decision (or non-decision, depending on which of them you believe) looks like part of a strategy designed to convince the Alaskan public that government is an unnecessary evil. It demoralizes state workers and reinforces cynicism about government officials and agencies by proving that they waste public money, mislead us and are motivated by cronyism.

This strategy is consistent with convening a large group of respected Alaskans to discuss the future of the Permanent Fund, and then ignoring the heart of their advice. It's also consistent with appointing a relative to a vacant U.S. Senate seat.

No wonder so many Alaskans avoid voting. But maybe that's worth it if you can convince the public that a corrupt, broke and ineffective government is the best government.

Steve Behnke

Juneau



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