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Proposed capitol move to Wasilla
by June Allen


February 17, 2005

Right on, Dave Kiffer! I have to whole-heartedly applaud Dave Kiffer's recent critique of the Sitnews Viewpoint letter about a proposed capitol move to Wasilla. And I agree with Dave (my former neighbor and friend), except maybe for his mentioning his negative opinion of lobbyists. Let me tell you that lobbyists are a misunderstood bunch of people! The mouthy media only gets interested in lobbyists if one of them can create a "shocking" and headline-catching news item - always, always something juicily negative, as well as fragrantly political. That's where the suspicion of lobbyists has been created, in the news. But the average lobbyist is an unseen and most valuable presence in Juneau.

It's all very well to toast and admire a local legislator who grandstands and has a knack for catching the attention and admiration of the press. But that's the yeah-sure "theater" of representative government. I appreciate lobbyists because not every Alaska elected legislator was the head of his or her class in civics, economics or business. And lobbyists do their best to pipe accurate information into the lawmakers' heads. Our grassroots legislators may truly need need a little education - and it's the lobbyists who can give it to them!

The huge majority of Alaska's legislators are from the Anchorage-Wasilla area, of course, because that's where the largest communities are. And in my opinion, few if any of them seem to know Southeastern Alaska and its needs even exist! I know because I live here now, just down the traffic-clogged road from Wasilla, the strip mall capitol/capital of the world! Southeastern needs a "Support Your Lobbyist" movement! Or, ye gods, enough votes may be rounded up in Juneau to actually get Alaskans to vote to move the capitol/capital north to what Dave Kiffer called "the swamp" of Wasilla. Swamp. That's a very generous description.

June Allen
Palmer, AK - USA


Related Viewpoints:

letter Moving the Capitol by Dave Kiffer - Ketchikan, AK - USA

letter Moving the Capitol to Wasilla? by Rick McDonald - Ketchikan, AK - USA

letter Move the State's Capital Away from Juneau by Senator Charlie Huggins



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