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Sarah Palin -- the barracuda
By Bill Taylor


September 02, 2008

Now that John McCain has selected Sarah Palin as his running mate, there are several issues that should be addressed.

First, Governor Palin is being promoted as a reformer who took on the "old Political Machine" in Alaska. Many in the press are implying that Palin took-on Don Young, Ted Stevens and others being accused of corruption. Therefore, is the Governor now willing to publicly condemn these individuals and urge the good people of Alaska to vote for their opponents in the fall elections?

Second, Mrs Palin is being billed as the opposed to wasteful, pork barrel spending --- bridge to nowhere, etc. Since Don Young and Ted Stevens have been the kings of pork now for decades, and since Palin is bragging about the Alaskan budget surplus, is she now willing to pay back American taxpayers for, what many people have labeled as, the terrible misallocation of federal taxes earmarked for pork barrels projects in Alaska?

For more than 30 years, the people of Ketchikan Alaska, where I used to live, have been promised a bridge connecting the island they reside to the island where the community's airport is located (the bridge to nowhere). Many to these people have worked diligently to promote this project for many years. Don Young and Ted Stevens have also put a good deal of effort to obtain funds for this project. Since the bridge to nowhere is now the poster child for Sarah Palin self promotion, is she prepared to condemn, chastise, or otherwise criticize this community, its people and their Federal delegation for all their efforts?

Thank you

Bill Taylor
Neah Bay, WA

About: "Former resident of Ketchikan and concern citizen"

Received September 01 2008 - Published September 02, 2008


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