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As a former resident of the Anchorage and Fairbanks areas, I still care very much for the future of the 49th state. That is why I cannot just sit back and watch the race for Alaska's next governor. For what it is worth, my opinion on the race is simple: Alaska needs Sarah Palin.
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The three main issues that dominated the Republican primary are just as valid in the general election race: Accountability, integrity and transparency in government. For these reasons, Palin is the absolute clear choice to be your next governor.
As mayor of Wasilla, Sarah initiated the zero-based budget program that required department leaders to justify every dollar of their annual budget, not just the increase over the previous year's budget. This is the kind of accountability needed within state departments, and Palin has already proven that she has the leadership ability to make it happen. Did Sarah's opponent ever require this kind of accountability from his administration?
I need not recount Sarah's short but admirable career with the state Oil and Gas Commission to demonstrate her commitment to honesty, integrity and ethics. These are qualities Palin has in abundance. If she signs on to an idea, you can, rest assured, she believes in it whole-heartedly. Sarah is a strong, confident and ethical leader. Can the same be said for her competition?
Palin believes in the personal and economic freedom that made America great. To re-acquire that greatness, there must be transparency in government. That is, the government must not interfere or over regulate the private sector.
Government should be sized to provide the basic services established in the state constitution and not inflated with regulatory agencies. The private sector economy is what leads to growth and prosperity, not a regulatory economy like it was from 1994 to 2002.
The choice is obvious. For a state governor and administration that exemplifies Alaska values, please vote for Palin for governor on Nov. 7.
John R. Mazzitello
St. Paul, Minn.
Formerly of North Pole