Yes to wolves means no to ANWR

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Two recent votes in the Alaska Legislature provide absolute proof that at least the Legislature needs to be moved away from Juneau. Juneau is so insulated and isolated that the legislators lose contact with the real world.

If the legislators were in contact with the real world beyond Juneau they would not have voted to kill wolves, then voted to open ANWR. Voting to kill wolves assures that there will be no opening of ANWR for exploration for the foreseeable future.

Every national group opposed to the opening of ANWR must really thank the Alaska Legislature for making it easy for them to even get congressional Republicans to say no to ANWR. By voting to kill wolves, the Legislature gave these groups all the ammunition they needed to prove Alaskans are too irresponsible to be entrusted with the care of the arctic coastal environment.

The only explanation for these votes by the Legislature is that Juneau is too isolated for real-world legislation. The only other possibility, Carr's Website is correct, is too scary to believe. Move the Legislature.

William J. Phillips Kenai

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