Ignoring constituents

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2004

Assemblywoman Jeannie Johnson and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are both running for another term in the offices they now occupy and they share a common thread. They are both willing to ignore what's good for the majority of their constituents in favor of what's good for a very few of them.

Nearly seven in 10 of the 2,200 respondents to a poll about the Long Range Waterfront Plan wanted no new cruise ship docks downtown. A random phone survey by the McDowell Group also showed majority opposition to a cruise ship dock across from Foodland. But Jeannie Johnson is still doing all she can for the cruise industry to get another dock downtown, such as trying to stall approval of the Long Range Waterfront Plan so the cruise industry can try to add a downtown dock in the plan.

Sen. Murkowski's Cape Fox land exchange bill would grant Cape Fox and Sealaska up to 12,000 pristine acres of the Tongass in Berners Bay in exchange for 3,000 clear-cut acres near Ketchikan. Cape Fox, Sealaska and Coeur Alaska win. We in Juneau would also lose a back yard that provides all of us with a haven for hunting, fishing, kayaking, and breathing. There is almost no support for this land exchange from the people of Juneau, but Sen. Murkowski is doing all she can to make it happen, such as a possible rider on must-pass federal spending legislation. So when you vote in October's municipal election and the November general election remember that Jeannie Johnson and Lisa Murkowski are willing to ignore what's good for the majority of their constituents in favor of what's good for a very few of them.

Tom Rutecki

Juneau



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