Remember state pride?

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Monday, October 28, 2002

Recent debates and statements to the media have sharpened Alaskans' collective vision of the two front-running gubernatorial candidate's platforms. Fran Ulmer says she will tax my income and your income to pay for more government. Frank Murkowski says that the fiscal gap can be narrowed with the kind of economic stimulus that Alaska hasn't seen for the last eight years; and that new taxes won't be part of his plan. Fran Ulmer says she just might want your permanent fund dividend so that she won't have to cut budgets or raise non-tax revenues. Frank Murkowski knows that PFDs are vital to Alaskans, and has proposed a fiscal plan that will keep politician's hands out of our wallets.

Remember when Alaska's economy was the envy of every other State? Remember how good it felt to tell people where you were from, and that they knew our state was truly the "land of opportunity?" Fellow Alaskans, we can work our way back to that position - but we need the right kind of leadership to get there. I am convinced that Frank Murkowski truly is the right kind of leader, and I urge you to join with me in voting for Murkowski-Leman on Nov. 5.

David Landis

Ketchikan

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