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Federal Overreaching
By Tyler Mecham


January 07, 2011
Friday PM

I'm writing in response to the article posted Thursday January 6, 2011 concerning Governor Parnell's speech to the Fairbank's Rotary Club. In my opinion he is correct. We as Alaskans cannot just sit around while rights get stepped on. To do so would be foolish and irresponsible.

We can't let our fear of misfortune hold us back from continuing to move forward. We need our abundant natural resources to generate jobs, and keep our economy running particularly at this critical time in our country's current financial collapse. I can't recall having heard of anyone grumble when permanent fund dividends were being handed out. Yet there are those who would argue that the oil drilling and harvesting of other resources are bad. I wonder if they know where the money that pays for the ferry system, police and fire departments, PFD, and any other state run program comes from.

It is unrealistic to assume that we as a state can still cover our costs without the income from our natural resources. We need to take back the right to regulate our own resources to prevent either an economic meltdown or a massive debt. If anyone thinks that we can preserve our economy without the sale of natural resources then I invite them to tell the rest of us exactly how.

Tyler Mecham
Ketchikan, AK


About: "Junior at Ketchikan High School"

Received January 07, 2010 - Published January 07, 2011


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Governor Outlines Strategy to Fight Federal Overreach – In a speech before hundreds attending the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, Governor Sean Parnell today focused on how recent federal restrictions have crippled resource development and blocked jobs for Alaskans. From the offshore drilling moratorium, to ocean zoning, to the effort to lock up the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, the governor outlined numerous ways Washington is encroaching on Alaska’s sovereignty in developing its natural resources. - More...
Thursday PM - January 06, 2011

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