Keep subsistence use in mind in the voting booth

Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I have been following the issue of subsistence use of resources, and I now appeal to those who have compassion for the existence of another, and encourage you to be thoughtful when you step into the voting booth.

Stand behind rural Alaskans, and that means all rural Alaskans, and their plight to maintain a resource they are dependent upon unlike those living in urban communities, like Fairbanks, Juneau, and Anchorage. Here is why.

My analogy is this: Think of the subsistence use in rural Alaska as the equivalent of employment for those living in urban areas. They depend on these resources as a means of their survival, just as urban Alaskans living in the cities depend on employment for their survival.

With this in mind, please show just as much compassion for those who live in rural Alaska who depend predominately on wildlife for their existence, just as you would to preserve employment for those living in the cities. Elect only government representatives who put the needs of survival relative to the environment in which one lives before those who only seek to promote greed, put entertainment before survival, and are controlled by special interests.

Mark L. Kline


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