Demand answers for Ketchikan

Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Now that Sen. John McCain has selected Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, there are several issues that should be addressed.

First, Palin is being promoted as a reformer who took on the "old Political Machine" in Alaska. Many in the press are implying that Palin took on U.S. Rep. Don Young, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens and others being accused of corruption. Therefore, is the governor now willing to publicly condemn these individuals and urge the good people of Alaska to vote for their opponents in the upcoming elections?

Second, Palin is being billed as being opposed to wasteful, pork barrel spending - the "bridge to nowhere," etc. Since Young and Stevens have been the kings of pork now for decades, and since Palin is bragging about the Alaska budget surplus, is she now willing to pay back American taxpayers for what many people have labeled as the terrible misallocation of federal taxes earmarked for pork barrels projects in Alaska?

For more than 30 years, the people of Ketchikan, where I used to live, have been promised a bridge connecting the island where they reside to the island where the community's airport is located (the bridge to nowhere).

Many of these people have worked diligently to promote this project for many years. Young and Stevens also have put a good deal of effort to obtain funds for this project. Since the "bridge to nowhere" is now the poster child for Palin self promotion, is she prepared to condemn, chastise, or otherwise criticize this community, its people and their federal delegation for all their efforts?

Bill Taylor

Formerly of Ketchikan

Neah Bay, Wash.

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