Why I support Benson for the U.S. House

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, November 03, 2006

Twenty years ago as a high school student I remember being distinctly unimpressed by my first encounter with Don Young. He was addressing our school group about, among other things, why SeaWorld should capture as many orcas as they like from Alaska waters because "killer whales, you see, they kill other whales." He was quite serious and made similarly outlandish statements like this on a range of issues.

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Young has not gotten better with age. His recent statement that we should encourage global warming so that he can go swimming at the beach in Alaska was worse than irresponsible, it was thoughtless. Is empty-headed, partisan demagoguery like this the best Alaska can offer the country? With attitudes like this will Young still be able to bring home the bacon when the Democrats win back the House as expected?

Enter Diane Benson. A strong, articulate, charismatic Alaska Native woman whose family has suffered miserably by Bush's bumbling misadventures in Iraq. She is someone who can be counted on to serve with energy to bring some integrity back to government and to heal our badly divided nation. We need her.

Too bad the voters won't be allowed to see the contrast. Hiding behind his millions from the oil and gas companies and other questionable sources, Young doesn't have the guts to debate Diane in public.

Sam Nelson

Juneau



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