Can the Governor's jet

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, April 29, 2005

Let's see now: Alaska's "conservative" governor, Frank Murkowski, thinks it's a really good idea for the public to pay for a jet airplane for him to fly around in.

But most Alaskans disagree and think it's a terrible idea and waste of the state's money. The Alaska state Legislature has gone on record that it disagrees too, and has refused to pay for a jet. And the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has gone on record that it disagrees, and it sure isn't going to pay for a jet.

But the governor really, really does want a jet. Apparently the governor just absolutely, positively salivates for a jet and feels just so deprived and humiliated without a jet. Now he's come up with the idea to unilaterally sell off one of Alaska's bought-and-paid-for airplanes so he can lease his jet for one whole year. To heck with what comes later.

Conservative indeed! Can anyone spell "arrogance" and "contempt for the will of the public?"

Erik Lie-Nielsen


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