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Re: Propaganda
By Ed Brown


June 22, 2011

In his own Sitnews' description, Florian Sever is a long-time union and environmental activist. He was a pulp mill worker at Sitka's Alaska Pulp Corporation, and was fired by APC for testifying before Congress, in favor of the Tongass Timber Reform Act. Also check out Sealaska Shareholders underground on Face Book (more rants there too).

After doing a Google search on his name it is very apparent that MR. Sever's rants and lawsuits have killed a lot of trees.

Mr. Sever's profession of mechanic relies on oil and I hardly see him trying to shut down the oil companies with as much vigor as he has toward Sealaska and the timber industry.

His testifying before congress got him fired and yet he must have won when Alaska Pulp was shutdown putting more fellow citizens in Sitka out of work there too. He stops killing trees after he has buyers remorse on his being a Pulp Mill mechanic. Hmmmm .

Mr. Sever must have wax in his ears because he does not get the point that Native land claims have been going on longer than he has been alive. Nor does Mr. Sever listen to the trees of the Tongass which will be here long after we are all dead and gone anyway.

Yes Sealaska is a for profit Corp. Trying to create jobs out of its resources. In my book it is worth cutting a few trees to give people jobs.

Mr. Sever has condemned everyone else but himself. After he keeps everyone else from having a job he feels better because he saved a few trees.

In my book Mr. Sever is an enigma: a person of puzzling or contradictory character.

Ed Brown
Anchorage, AK

About: "Left Ketchikan to find work. Wound up in Anchorage. Largest native village in North America. Sealaska Shareholder."

Received June 20, 2011 - Published June 22, 2011


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