On April 3 the State of Alaska is spending $1.2 million just to find out if we want a measure to appear on the 2008 ballot. In other words, our April 3 vote is a first step (needless, expensive and purely advisory) to set in motion a move to take away basic benefits from a certain group of Alaska workers even though they work the same hours as other Alaskans.
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We are being asked if we want to see discrimination written into our constitution. This is not an up or down vote on same-sex relationships, though those who support this measure would have us believe so. It's about equal pay for equal work. It's about giving all workers the same access to health care benefits.
Vote no on April 3. We shouldn't even have to think about putting a discriminatory measure on the 2008 ballot! There should never ever be an attempt to put into law anything which creates a group of second-class citizens.
Mildred P. Boesser