"R" For Republican
by Jay Jones
April 01, 2004
Senator Stedman, I couldn't help but notice that "R-Sitka"
after your name. Just what does the "R" stand for?
Is it part of the Republican platform to support Federal, State,
and Local government ownership of land in order to compete with
private enterprise? Do Alaskan Republicans believe the Borough
should function as the area's largest commercial property owner?
And at a loss (so far) of how many millions of taxpayer's dollars?
Is this "good policy and strong leadership"? Do the
people of Juneau know how much tax money has been spent at Ward
Cove? And tell me Senator, how much money has the State lost
at the Shipyard? Why would Republicans be in favor of a Government-controlled,
centralized industrial policy? All of the free-market thinkers
I know advocate immediate sale of the Ward Cove properties and
the Shipyard to private ownership (thus ending the rent and electric
subsidies at the Shipyard). I know many taxpayers in this city
who would be "grateful" if government would limit itself
to legitimate functions. But on the bright side, we are now getting
an Arts Center where we can go and escape for a few hours to
forget about our increasing property tax bills and electric rates,
and the spectra of an income tax and a decreasing PFD.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
AMHS Headquarters Move Is Good Policy
& Leadership by
Senator Bert Stedman - AK - USA
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