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Time Right to Move Legislature?
By Mike Moyer


March 31, 2006
Friday PM

Once again the attempt is being made to move our state capital to someplace where the waiting developers hope to make a sizable fortune.

I can't help but just laugh at the absurdity of it all. It's as if the capital is a circus tent to be moved where ever the most cotton candy might be sold!

Let's get something straight. The state capital does not need to be closer to anyone. This is Alaska, we are remote, everywhere. The beauty of our capital is that it is located where legislators can assemble WITHOUT the distractions of the majority of the population. The capital is not there to make money, it's there to be a place to make intelligent decisions that affect ALL Alaskans.

Private developers, splitting government, and commercial development is not what serving the people of our state is all about.

In the history of every state there were those who worked hard to try and influence the placement of the capital in a place that would serve them best. In some cases the cigar smoking fat cats won out. However the states where capital locations have served best are those located in neutral areas away from the larger cities.

Let's get on to more important things that really need our attention in this state, move forward not backward. Leave the capital alone and work on serving the people.

Mike Moyer
E-mail: Donegal3[AT]
Ketchikan, AK - USA

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