By Victoria Canul Dunne
July 28, 2006
Murkowski's jet use raises questions. My initial reaction was
outrage but soon my thoughts turned to how this may be affecting
the thousands of dedicated state employees. Morale may be at
its lowest point since the oil bust of the mid 1980 s and the
thousands of lay-offs that occurred then.
I left state employment eight years ago however, during my eleven
years as a State employee the tone was simply this; public employees
must hold themselves in check. Do the right thing, not only when
someone was watching but, more importantly, especially when no
one is watching. We were told, our leader - the Governor, his
staff, and department commissioners have the highest expectations
of their employees. This is a much higher standard than is expected
of the average citizen. Nevertheless, state employees agree to
it because of the higher calling of public service. Morals, ethics
and taking responsibility for his or her own actions are the
norm, not the exception.
Murkowski's faux pas taints the reputation of the many fine employees
whom devote many hours of hard work for the State of Alaska,
who carry themselves as an example to uphold, not scorn. Great
leaders do not expect any more of their subordinates than they
expect of themselves and will not think twice of leading the
charge and getting down in the trenches with them. Murkowski
has not represented himself as an example to follow. Moreover,
management sets the tone and Murkowski's tone of contempt and
sense of entitlement seem to say "Do as I say and not as
It is also my belief that one person, whether the Governor or
not, can not and will not change the principles set in place
long before Murkowski became governor and no doubt will be there
long after he is voted out of office this November.
Victoria Canul Dunne
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "Victoria's Tlingit name is Tsias Taan (Raven who
talks too much) she is L`eeneidi (Dog Salmon), from the Aak`w
Kwaan (Small Lake Tribe), Yaxte Hit (Big Dipper House) one of
the original clans from Juneau, Alaska.
Victoria is a past President of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp
#70 and the Auk Kwan Traditional Council. Her background includes
twenty years experience in accounting, twelve with state government..
Victoria's spent much of her time volunteering to many other
non-profit organizations such as; the Girl Scouts and Beta Sigma
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