The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:
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It's a little like the wedding custom of "something old, something new." Gov.-elect Sarah Palin, the first woman to serve as governor of Alaska and the youngest governor ever, is adding a touch of something old to her swearing-in ceremony.
She will hold it in Fairbanks, to recognize the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the Alaska Constitution and to honor the constitutional convention delegates.
The 55 delegates met from Nov. 8, 1955, to Feb. 6, 1956, to debate and draft the constitution. Voters approved the guiding document in April 1956.
"For 50 years Alaska has enjoyed prosperity at a level other states and other countries can only dream of," Palin said, in announcing the Fairbanks event. "I believe a great deal of credit for that should be given to the original framers of our constitution."
The governor-elect and her lieutenant governor, Sean Parnell, will take their oath of office Dec. 4 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. It will be open to the public.
It's a switch from the traditional venue of Alaska's capital, Juneau, but it's a nice touch this time to mix something old and something new.