Long-range vision

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2001

I was sorry to see Sen. Frank Murkowski so miscast in John Sonin's letter to the editor in Monday's Empire. I have known and worked with Sen. Murkowski for many years, and I can think of no elected official who better fits the description of "public servant."

It's true that Sen. Murkowski is leading the effort to open a small area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development. The senator's hard work in this area, I believe, reflects the concern of many Alaskans that our high school and college graduates increasingly must move away from our state in order to find family-wage employment.

What so impresses me about Sen. Murkowski is his long-range vision. He deeply understands that we must move beyond the boom-and-bust cycle of our present economy - as well as our dependence on government-funded employment.

Sen. Murkowski is a strong supporter of improved infrastructure, including a natural gas pipeline, a railroad to connect with the rest of North America, and a rejuvenated ferry system. All promote a clean environment in a real and sustainable way.

Natural gas development will result in long-term employment opportunities - especially for many economically depressed areas of our state. Sen. Murkowski is firmly rooted in Alaska, and he will prove to be a unifier. I'm glad he's coming home.

Rep. Jeannette James

North Pole

Page not found | Juneau Empire - Alaska's Capital City Online Newspaper

Page not found

We're sorry, but the page you were seeking does not exist. It may have been moved or expired.  Perhaps our search engine can help. 



  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback