Letter: Same song next time

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Poor Tony Knowles. He has utterly failed to convince the Alaska Legislature that his lame-duck attempts to pay off special interests are the best options for the future of Alaska.

Organized labor didn't get the increase in the minimum wage package for which Tony led the charge. Transportation projects are languishing for a department that can't seem to even manage basic procurement requirements while steeped in abominable good-old-boy treatment of employees. Veterans preference at the already over-booked Alzheimer's-emphasis Alaska Pioneer Homes only rated a one-finger salute.

Fortunately for the mayor of Anchorage, and his mostly absentee management corps, a bill to expand federal Medicaid coverage for women with breast or cervical cancer was passed during the last legislative session with a considerable contribution from Republican U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski.

Knowles' spokeswoman, Clare "zero tolerance for sexual harassment in the workplace" Richardson is now quoted as saying this administration's "must-have" bills will be back next session.

Maybe somebody should inform Ms. Richardson that those same legislators will be returning to Juneau then, too.

Donn Liston


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