Pragmatic grit

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002

Watching the gubernatorial debates, I was struck by the obvious homework and courage displayed by Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer in addressing the fiscal issues of the state. I am convinced, as a small business owner, that realism and predictability are critical to handle the changing economies facing our state.

Clearly, both candidates will aggressively support economic initiatives like the gas pipeline. However, it appears Mr. Murkowski is clinging to the belief that a development attitude alone will allow us to roll back the clock to an easier time. Ms. Ulmer, with pragmatic grit, knows we must address real budget numbers.

I will vote to tie my economic future to the candidate approaching the state budget with the same discipline needed personally in our homes and businesses. I urge you to do the same.

Paul Voelckers


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