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Aerial pesticide spraying of Long Island
By Carrie L. James


April 17, 2006

Dear Readers,

I cannot stress enough the seriousness if Klukwan, Inc. is granted the permit for the aerial pesticide spraying of Long Island located in S.E. Alaska. If this permit actually goes through after the Adjudicatory Hearing and Motion for Stay by the 46 different "Requestors" this would set a horrible precedence that could threaten your backyard. The chemicals to be sprayed do have harmful effects as I listed in my previous viewpoints regarding this issue, and simply there is not enough information and long term testing on the effects of spraying pesticides on forestry management projects where people gather food.

Please read the proclamation that Governor Murkowski has signed and passed April 6, 2006. May is "Toxic Injury Awareness and Education Month". Please write letters to the editor in your community and send in viewpoints to websites such as Sitnews.

People need to voice their concerns.

Short story (true? who knows)
Man goes into a church on the East Coast and sees a phone reading "direct line to God $10,000 per minute". Man thinks boy that's sure expensive.
Man goes to church in the Mid-West and sees the same sign "direct line to God $10,000 per minute".
Man goes into church on the West coast sees same sign again.
Man goes into church in Alaska and sees the sign "direct line to God 25-cents per minute". Man asks preacher why only 25-cents per minute? Preacher replies "Son your in God's country now it's a local call!".

Let's keep beautiful Alaska pristine, for this is God's country.

I welcome all responses to my viewpoints, so far I received 100% positive responses by numerous concerned people.

Carrie L. James
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Carrie L. James is the Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand 2nd Vice President, ANS Camp #14 (Ketchikan) President, former T&H delegate for Ketchikan, and former Tribal Council member for Ketchikan Indian Community.



Proclamation: Toxic Injury Awareness and Education Month

People of all ages throughout the world have developed illnesses from Toxic Injury, also referred to by some as Chemically Induced Illness.

Toxic Chemical Injury is often characterized by heightened sensitivity to very small amounts of air pollution, petrochemicals, and other toxins found in our everyday products and environment. It can be caused by short-term or chronic exposure to one or more chemicals, frequently pesticides, and solvents and can start at any age.

Toxic Injury may include multiple, often disabling illnesses, affecting the respiratory, central nervous (brain), immune, musuloskeletal, porphyrin, energy metabolism, and endocrine systems and can be life threatening.

Toxic Injury is a chronic debilitating condition for which there is no known cure, causing serious financial, employment, learning, housing, health, social, and other consequences.

There are diagnostic codes readily available for toxic effects of many chemicals found in our everyday environment.

Those suffering with Toxic Injury deserve the same rights, acknowledgment, respect, support, and help allotted to other illnesses and disabilities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Frank H. Murkowski, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim May 2006 as:

Toxic Injury Awareness and Education Month

in Alaska, and ask for support of increased awareness, education, understanding, and research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Toxic Injury.

Dated: April 6, 2006

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