by Dan Trail
May 05, 2005
Despite the outcry, the bills have been sailing right through the committees and the floor of the house even, shrugging off each round of public comment and continuing on with little change.
And what is the compelling reason, the greater good that is so important that it trumps the 'petty' concerns of the communities? As near as I can tell it is nothing more than the will of the governor, the legislatures' desire to curry favor with him, and a general desire to privatize more land and get it onto the tax rolls.
Perhaps most Alaskans wouldn't have a problem with increasing privately held land; but when done in this manner, overriding local concerns, our legislators cease being representatives, and start to resemble an aristocracy.
At enormous expense we've sent our military might overseas to bring democracy to the poor deprived Arab states. Wouldn't it be nice to actually practice a little of it here at home ourselves?
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