Giving Botelho credit where it isn't due

Posted: Monday, October 06, 2003

I give Mr. Botelho credit for his community service, but I'm sure he wouldn't want to take credit for things he has not done.

A letter in your paper lauds him for "successfully fighting the capital move and ushering in the mining industry." The Alaska Committee was reactivated in 1992 under former mayor Jamie Parsons to battle the capital move on the 1994 ballot. That committee remained active to fight the 2002 legislative move initiative. Mr. Botelho never attended Alaska Committee meetings and did not take a role in either the 1994 or 2002 campaigns to defeat those initiatives.

In his current campaign for mayor, the only firm position he has taken is his support for building a new capitol building. He calls his stand a "risk." It is more like playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun. The city of Juneau has spent millions to convince people that moving the capital is bad for several reasons including costs. Now Bruce wants to tell everyone how much it will cost to keep the capital here.

HB 60, introduced last session, sets up a mechanism to solicit competitive proposals from municipalities around the state to build a legislative hall. Botelho's plan plays into the hands of those who want to move the capital.

Oh, and please tell us exactly where is this mining industry. Remember, Greens Creek was annexed AFTER it became a mine.

Rick Urion


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