Vote on behalf of kids

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002

I am writing to tell you about my neighbor, Fran Ulmer. If you've had the chance to meet her, or hear her speak, you know that as a human being she has qualities anyone could admire. Her vision, courage, compassion, and an ability to listen and bring people together are exactly what our state needs in a governor.

Fran Ulmer understands what Alaska children and families need to succeed. Her accomplishments on behalf of our children and families have been recognized for years by many groups across the state.

While visiting Washington, D.C., a few years ago, I scheduled an appointment with Sen. Murkowski to share information about the challenges Alaska families have in finding child care in order to work. The appointment turned into a 30-second walk down the hall. Instead of listening, he rather brusquely informed me his interest was to secure a tax break which would help women who were already financially able to stay at home with their children.

I do not believe Sen. Murkowski is in touch with the concerns of Alaska parents. The majority of parents now choose to work, or have no choice but to work in order to support their families.

If you believe all children deserve safe, nurturing care and education if their parents work outside the home, vote for Fran Ulmer Nov. 5.

Joy Lyon

Juneau



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