All choked up

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2001

I was so choked up I could hardly use my keyboard to read about Laurie Perkins and her leaky roof. Living almost in Douglas, down on Beach Road across the channel from the Rock Dump, her "North Juneau" plight should be featured on the next segment of television's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Pretentious!"

"I have medical problems with my neck we need to pay for, we have two young kids in school and my husband is the commissioner of the Department of Transportation. He will lose his job next year because of new political appointees and administration. So we're obviously worried. If we wanted to sell the house or needed to move somewhere else for him to get a job we can't," whined Ms. Perkins.

As a former business agent for the Alaska State Employees Association, I have known a number of state employees in Juneau who have suffered greatly due to arbitrary and malevolent actions of Department of Transportation management under poor old engineer and commissioner Joseph Perkins.

Perhaps under these circumstances it is time for Mr. Perkins to have a heart-to-heart conversation with Administration Commissioner Jim Duncan. Together the two of them can direct Personnel Specialist Art Chance to find Joe another state job that might last beyond the current administration.

Fortunately for the Perkins family, there is a real engineer in this town to help them out in these desperate circumstances regarding their leaky roof - and John Cooper is one guy who will tell you straight when something is rotten to the core.

Donn Liston


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