After Tony Knowles' talk to the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at the Moose Club, members of the Juneau business community should feel comfortable in voting for him. The most important matter facing Alaska right now is the negotiation of a pipeline contract with the North Slope natural gas companies. Knowles demonstrated a knowledge of the subject and a quiet confidence in his negotiating skills that put me at ease. To negotiate a contract, you "have to know the territory." You have to "know when to hold and when to fold." I concluded at the Moose Club that Knowles does. There isn't a governor in the country that is as equipped as Knowles is to negotiate this deal.
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Further, he went on record in supporting the road, the north Douglas crossing and the Kensington development. And emphatically, the capital stays in Juneau. You really can't ask for much more.
With his competence, Knowles brings Juneau a zone of stability at a time when the federal administration is staggering under problems that it could have avoided. If we don't have a knowledgeable negotiator at the table, we run an unnecessary risk. We don't need more of that.
William G. Ruddy
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