Why are S 881 meetings being
By Alan Stein
March 08, 2010
The Sealaska's Bill S 881 should die immediately in committee
in Congress. Two weeks ago, I warned the Senate Staffer, Chuck
Kleeschulte, who is conducting the S 881 dog and pony shows
in Alaska, how dangerous travel conditions are on Prince of Wales
this time of year. In a stampede to get this bill through Congress,
Chuck Kleeshulte did the opposite.
He set up a series of meetings on short notice --- not hearings
but meetings-- all over Prince of Wales. Nature is having her
say now. There was a snow storm last night and today there are
snow squalls. There are storm warnings up for Wen and Thurs.
That means 50 mph winds. This means the planned meeting with
the people most affected in the areas at Edna and Port Protection
will not have their vocices heard. It may be impossible to fly
in there. Chuck should plan on staying another week in Alaska
until it is safe to fly into Port Protection and Edna Bay. What's
the rush Chuck? Soughdoughs know you should not push the weather.
Why push it?
We pray no one crashes their airplane in a snowstorm during this
ill concieved trip by Chuck Kleeschulte whose schedule during
spring snow season could put lives at risk
The meetings were called for the start of the halibut season
when many of the opponents would be at sea. This was not an accident.
Kleeschulte's rush to record public sentiment when many people
cannot attend because they are commercial fishing adds to the
impression this bill is being rushed through just like the Health
Major revision are being made to the bill but no one will have
an opportunity to see the changes before they record their statements.The
grass roots in Alaska is fed up with the disrespect these tactics
are showing for them. They are angry and frustrated. ---Alan
Stein former Director Salmon Bay Protective Association.
About: "Former Director
Salmon Bay Protective Association Juneau; President of the Point
Received March 08, 2009 - Published
March 08, 2010
881: A BAD HISTORY FOR A BAD BILL By Alan Stein
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