Alaska editorial: Governor deserves kudos for decision to sell Murkowski's jet

Posted: Sunday, December 24, 2006

This editorial appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

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Talk about a short takeoff. After a little more than a year, the path of former Gov. Frank Murkowski's jet is in a nosedive, thanks to the common sense of Gov. Sarah Palin.

Palin, who promised not to set foot on the plane, is standing firm on her promise, and in discussions with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, the two agreed it wasn't an appropriate acquisition for the state.

The issue of short, unpaved runways, a price tag just under $2.7 million, tussles with legislators and lots of angry Alaskans weren't enough to keep Frank from making the purchase. Now, without much of a second thought, the 1984 Westwind II is landing on eBay.

"The purchase of the jet was impractical and unwise, and it's time to get rid of it," Palin said.

The eBay market isn't a first for Alaska. The state has used it in the past to sell assets, including the Bartlett, a ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway fleet, and several aircraft.

It's still early, but so far, the decisions made by Palin are seeing plenty nods of approval. On this call, Governor, we couldn't agree more.

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