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Gov. Frank Murkowski's verbal swipe at working Alaskans' efforts to dissuade the Legislature from passing flawed bills regarding worker's compensation and public employees' retirement shows his contempt for citizen involvement in the political process.
From his stubborn insistence on having his own jet airplane to his "must have" legislation that ignores the basic problems of workers' compensation and retirement, the governor believes that having the "stars in alignment" and a Republican majority in all levels of government means that the public good is what he says it is.
I want to thank the members of the Legislature that listen to their constituents, and urge them to continue to look clearly at the issues before them and not be sidetracked with "fixes" that don't address the problems facing the citizens of Alaska.
J. Scott Hodgson