Follow the elections and not polls

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, April 14, 2006

Even though I voted for the bond issue for the airport last October, I am disturbed by the decision of the airport board to proceed with the expansion anyway less than six months after the public voted no. The board's claim that the public didn't understand the issue comes across as rather elitist - or perhaps inept. As justification for continuing to pursue public funding for the airport Eric Forrer said "polls contradict October's vote" (Empire, April 2). The implication is that polling is a more reliable measure of public sentiment than elections. That is a troubling and anti-democratic point of view.

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I think that recent construction at the Seattle and Anchorage airports has left the Juneau airport board with a bad case of airport envy at the taxpayer's expense.

Jay Nelson


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