Voting for the best candidate:
By Michael Spence
November 07, 2006
I have to respect Sarah Palin for her willingness to confront
her fellow Republicans in the Alaska Legislature. And I wholeheartedly
agree with her campaign co-manager, former governor Walter Hickel,
when he says it is time for a new generation of leaders. The
Republican Party is out of sync with much of the state and the
USA with its top-down dictatorial fundamentalism and irreverence
for the ethics laws. It does need new leadership.
Leadership for the state of Alaska is another matter. Tony Knowles
has a proven record of letting constituents decide the important
and controversial issues, not corporate and other special interests.
He brings a well-reasoned and issue-oriented approach to government,
one that encourages open process to achieve the best result for
Tony also knows the importance of keeping Alaska s economy strong
through private enterprise. This is in contrast to the economy
of recent years in much of Alaska which is funded by a steady
stream of federal dollars, courtesy of the deficit-spending Republican
congress. The pork spending by the congress cannot continue,
and regions that become dependent on it will be weaker, not stronger.
Alaska s gubernatorial election is not a forum to experiment
with the possible reformation of a political party. It is the
time to elect a proven leader for our state. That is why I
am voting for Tony Knowles.
Received November 06, 2006 - Published November 07, 2006
About: "Have lived here under five governors."
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