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The Stevens Vote
By Dan Ortiz


October 31, 2008
Friday AM


No one doubts the years of service Senator Stevens has given to Alaska. He has played a significant role in accomplishing many good things for the people of Alaska and the country as a whole.

However, an independent jury of fellow Americans have found him guilty of willfully withholding information. Specifically Stevens was convicted of all the charges he faced of withholding information about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor, Bill Allen. Allen was a close friend of Senator Stevens, until recent events unfolded. Allen's company has a long history in Alaska of attempting to buy influence with government leaders.

Governor Palin has called on Senator Stevens to "do the right thing for Alaskans and resign." Stevens has pledged to move forward with his reelection campaign. The question for each of us in the state is what to do with our vote?

Loyalty is an important value to have in life. Judging from the yard signs in Ketchikan, its obvious that many good people are showing loyalty to Stevens. However, if we as a society can't demand and expect integrity above all else from our elected leaders, than our political system will never work.

What statement will we be making to our children, to our fellow Alaskans, and the country as whole, if our state moves forward and elects a convicted felon? That's a statement we can't afford to make.

Dan Ortiz
Ketchikan, AK

About: "39 year resident of Ketchikan and a father of 3 children."

Received October 30, 2008 - Published October 31, 2008



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