The governor's complaint about the Legislature's inactivity regarding the hate-crime bills is a classic example of the "pot calling the kettle black." Two years ago the Alaska State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights requested that the governor establish a committee or task force to address issues on racism, discrimination and hate crimes. There was, and still is, a multitude of evidence that would justify attention being paid by our elected officials towards these issues. Instead, the governor responded that he did not think that any action on his part was necessary. Now that the paint ball incident has reached the level of national concern, there seems to be a weak resemblance of concerned activity on the part of our elected officials.
I am sick and tired of the political games that are constantly being played with regard to the issues of racism, discrimination and hate crimes. While elected officials play their political games, Alaskan citizens are severely hurting on a daily basis - mentally, physically and spiritually.
Rosalee T. Walker
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