Is Colberg right for attorney general?

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Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I fell off the couch when I read about Sarah Palin's choice for attorney general. What is she thinking? Seriously? I suspect the Alaska Bar Association, the Department of Law employees, district attorneys, judges and attorney's for BP, Exxon and ConocoPhillips are all shaking their heads in disbelief and wondering the same thing.

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I have a lot of questions about Talis Colberg's qualifications and credentials. For example, how well can an attorney who reportedly made a living suing insurance companies for workers' compensation claims with the Division of Insurance to hold down insurance premiums? More importantly, how much does he know about mining and mineral laws, oil leasing, gas pipeline regulations and contracts?

What experience does Colberg have in criminal law? Can he contribute anything to the solution of Anchorage's gang problem or any other crime issues in Alaska? Does he have the proper credentials to represent Alaskans before the Supreme Court? Can he write meaningful legislation?

Does he know anything about international law? Does he have any expertise in import/export rules and regulations? Can he help Alaskans market their timber, minerals, oil, gas or seafood?

Can Colberg contribute anything when it comes to dealing with the federal government?

Does he understand federal laws and regulations regarding the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service and a myriad of other federal agencies that have a huge effect on all Alaskans?

Was Colberg selected because of his views on abortion or creationism? Couldn't Palin find just one woman attorney in the whole state who shared her views on these issues and was better qualified for the job?

I'm sure Colberg is a reputable and knowledgeable small town lawyer. He might have made a great attorney for the city of Wasilla. but I seriously question his qualifications as the attorney general of Alaska. It looks as though a lot of people at the Department of Law will have to hold his hand for a long time until he grows into his new job.

D. K. Lilja


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