This letter is in response to the detestable and false comments Art Chance (Empire, May 5), the state's director of labor relations, made in regards to state employees protesting the proposed revisions to the public pension systems at the SOB. Mr. Chance stated that there is no solicitation in the State Office Building. If that is the case, then why is it that when I was a state employee I was approached continuously while on state time by children soliciting me to purchase wrapping paper, magazine subscriptions, cookies, raffle tickets and homerun cards? Were those children kicked out of the building? I was even approached by co-workers who are parents of these children to see if I would purchase some of these items while not only myself, but the individual soliciting me, were on state time. Have these parents been reprimanded or had negative comments put in their evaluations because they were bringing their children's raffle packets or ordering pages to work?
According to Mr. Chance, state workers think they are special; they don't follow the rules. They do not have a right to voice their opinions. I'm sure that I am not the only Alaskan citizen that rebuts these idiotic comments. Let's not forget that these people work to keep our state system running smoothly and effectively on a daily basis. To bash and degrade these workers with harsh and immature comments goes to show that Mr. Chance needs to think before he speaks.
Maybe it's time for Mr. Chance to start supporting his fellow state co-workers rather than trying to be another person who failed miserably at attempting to back up another stupid proposition our lame excuse for a governor, Frank Murkowski, thought up and brought to our legislative floor.