Lawmakers need to correct legislation

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Where is Frank Murkowski's constituency? With his persistent pressure on the state of Alaska to acquiesce to his, and the Big Three's, petroleum production tax, it's become evident for whom he bargains.

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At every turn, Father Frank is standing, defending and promoting for an agreement the Big Three have proposed to extract (produce?) our goods from us while arguing against any concerns the state may have regarding a closer look at their offer, with no explanation other than the need for expediency (like the demand for fossil fuels is going to lessen anytime in the future) being proffered. Isn't the business bottom-line profit maximization?

"Hurry, hurry, hurry, time is running out!" Does Frank think these oil robber-barons will get a better deal elsewhere? Where? In Russia, China or Saudi Arabia? Heck, even Venezuela, Chile and Argentina are demanding a bigger piece of the profits and yet it doesn't even prevent investment, though discovery is not assured.

On the other hand, Frank's assurance that his tax is the best deal we can get doesn't assure me of anything. He and his wheeling and dealing are way too "suspect." Right now, I'd be more apt to trust his daughter to look-out for Alaska. Though Frank has put the pressure on us with commencement of his expensive second special session, convened just to ratify his "boondoggle," legislatures and the state would be conscientious to comb and correct this legislation with strict scrutiny.

John S. Sonin


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