Don't cower in face of The Voice

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Well, well, well. Seems Oz has spoken. The Voice of the Times is upset with Juneau voters because some of us don't march in lockstep with its politics. And it's scaring up the old bogeyman of moving the capital to keep us in line.

Pull back the curtain and you'll find The Voice is actually two or three musty old white men employed by the oilfield company Veco, apparently with the mission of making Alaska more like Texas.

The Voice is all that's left of the Anchorage Times, a failed newspaper so wedded to harebrained schemes it once endorsed dredging the bottom of Cook Inlet on the chance of striking gold. Like its last surviving writers hanging on at The Voice, the Times was a dinosaur, doomed for extinction.

The Times and its Voice never quite grasped that Alaska is the land of the individual, of rugged independence in thought and action, and that Alaskans tolerate and embrace different opinions and ideas.

I trust that Juneau residents and capital defenders will not cower at these latest blusterings from oil company employees in Anchorage. The most appropriate response is to laugh and tell them to stick it.

Tom Morphet


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