As I was reading Ms. Fournier's letter I was stupefied by her logic.
Of course Sen. Stevens has been in office since 1968; he has run for office and been re-elected time and time again because he does everything in his power to represent the people of Alaska and ensure that our resources are not squandered by outsiders from the Lower 48 who are only looking to line their pockets at the expense of Alaskans.
Yes, Sen. Lisa Murkowski was appointed by her father to fill his vacant Senate seat, but it is not as if she was not qualified, as were the other candidates for that seat. Alaska law provided for the appointment so it was in no way illegal. I believe her appointment will be justified in the months to come when she is re-elected, or should I say elected, to her current position as Alaska's junior senator.
I do not believe the current governor or lieutenant governor are doing anything to circumvent the right of Alaskans to due process in the way our public officials are elected or appointed. House Bill 414, which can be viewed and read in its entirety at www.legis.state.ak.us, has already addressed the issue of Senate vacancies and was signed into law by the governor at the end of the session and takes effect Nov. 3, 2004.
To put an initiative on the ballot now would only be redundant, unnecessary, and confusing to most voters. The lieutenant governor did the right thing by blocking this initiative. The question of how Senate vacancies are to be filled in the future has been asked and answered by the Alaska Legislature. I invite anyone who still harbors any doubts to use the link above to read the bill and then make an informed decision for themselves as to whether Alaskans are being disenfranchised. I honestly don't think so.