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Pipe Dreams for Economic Growth in Alaska
By Don Hoff Jr


November 10, 2005
Thursday PM

During Governor Frank Murkowski's recent visit to Ketchikan High School in Ketchikan, he spoke to the students at Kay-Hi talking about what Alaska's job market might offer them in the future. This may be misleading and brain-washing young minds with false hopes to push Governor Murkowski's agenda to exploit all our natural resources in Alaska.

It is true that Alaska has natural resources - oil, gas, timber, minerals, fish and game - but not as abundant in years past from exploitation. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) may not open for oil or extracting natural gas. Why negotiate with Canada anyway? We don't need to go to Chicago. We already have an existing pipe line and right-of-way in place. Why export Alaskan jobs to Canada? We should build our own oil refineries and make more profits for Alaskans should have been said.

I don't believe America wants to open ANWR for oil or gas exploration. The costs to construct won't meet the needs of American consumers and will be the defining factor.

The proposed Gravina Island via Pennock Island "bridge to no-where" is a National joke for a reason. It is the greatest waste of our federal taxes, $315 millions dollars for a few opulent people to drive over to their properties.

Governor Frank H. Murkowski, R-Alaska and family own property on Gravina Island. There is a 33 acre old gold mine plots named Goldstring and Goldstone sites just south of Clam Cove on Gravina Island valued at $250,000 dollars. It was bad enough when it appeared that this bridge would just benefit a few property owners and private interests in the timber industry. It's even worse to learn that the Governor and his family will now be able to get to their property on Gravina Island at federal tax payer expense. I would like to see my tax dollars for the proposed bridge go help American citizens without homes, bridges, roads, food and jobs in Mississippi, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana because of the hurricanes. Billions of dollars to rebuild and remember they pay taxes.

In closing, the Governor should have encouraged the student to take advantage of the 35 million dollars for training programs Alaska has to offer and not fill their young minds with promises the Governor may not keep nor fulfill. This is my own opinion.

Don Hoff Jr. aka Aan Kadax Tseen
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Hixson, TN - USA




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