Spending our money to toot his horn

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Just when I thought I'd seen the last of Mr. Murkowski's arrogance (his last-hour appointments to boards and commissions), along comes a tax-supported 48-page recital of his administration's record. The cost - 18 cents plus postage, plus staff time and resources to compile and oversee production, times several thousand copies sent to Alaska residents - means that several thousand dollars have gone to publicize his questionable legacy.

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The money might otherwise have helped a child learn to read, a villager stay a little warmer this winter, or a state trooper spend a few more hours on that tough case that needs to be solved.

Sure, this money was probably in a line item that allowed it to be spent on political publicity, but if it hadn't been spent and allowed to lapse, it would have been available for general government purposes.

I can't complain as a taxpayer, as we individuals don't pay taxes (that's another subject for another day), but I can complain as a citizen who cares about what our government does.

Frankly, if Mr. Murkowski can afford an around the world cruise on the QE2, he could have spent his own money to brag about his service to Alaska and left a little on the table for needed services.

Dave Dierdorff


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