Stevens should retire

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

It is time for you to retire, Sen. Ted Stevens. It is obvious to Alaskans and the rest of America that you lost touch with the people you are supposed to represent. How selfish and arrogant you are in trying to hog the pork-barrel funding for a "bridge to nowhere" in Ketchikan.

America has thousands of taxpaying citizens without homes and jobs, which were lost in Hurricane Katrina and Rita. It is time for you to resign.

When Sen. Tom Coburn (Oklahoma), a fiscal conservative with a penchant for trimming pork-barrel projects, took aim at the bridge money, Stevens exploded, "he threatened to resign his post if he lost." Who cares if you resign with your attitude like that? We don't want you representing us in Washington D.C. or anywhere.

Look, lawmakers, who are trying to smooth things over, don't cower to Ted Stevens; he puts his pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. Ted Stevens is wrong on the bridge issue. The right thing to do is take that money where is needed to rebuild bridges and roads that were shattered by hurricanes regardless what Ted thinks and that goes for Rep. Don Young too. This is my own opinion.

Don Hoff Jr.

Hixson, Tenn.

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