History, Reason & Representation
By Derek Flom
December 17, 2007
Merry Christmas Ketchikan,
I first want to give a big hand to Mr. Edwardson, keep the voice
of common sense loud and in the forefront.
Why do some of our elected
officials seem to go with the group instead of speaking up and
standing up for what's best for the people that elected them?.
Is common sense leaving Alaska too? Or do they give you a set
of chicken feathers and a secret rule book when you take the
oath? This seems to be a statewide issue, it's time that the
people of Alaska and their representation speak loudly that we
are a State and we are due our share, we all pay taxes. We have
not had 150 years to build our towns, bridges and roads. We matter
just as much as any other state, our federal tax dollars are
no different than everyone else's. So why is Alaska still treated
like a territory? Like some Eco-park to make liberals and tree
huggers feel good about saving the Earth, while they live in
their polluting cities.
No Bridge? Let's see what the
people of New York think if the citizens of Alaska could stop
one of their infastructure projects. Not Likley.
So why does our Governor and
our Reps. accept anything less?
Indifferent thoughts cause debate, debate causes discussion,
discussion brings the best ideas and plans forward. So I ask
you why in a town full of different ideas, why do some of those
that represent us not reflect those they represent? We have a
great town and in display of our often emotionally fueled issues,
no matter how big or small, is a great community of people who
care about their town and the place we all call HOME.
Here is an important piece of history that every Alaskan new
and old should know. Just the first two parts, but our recent
big debate and now a new isuue, it will reflect upon.
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE
Adopted by the Constitutional Convention
February 5, 1956
Ratified by the People of Alaska
April 24, 1956
Became Operative with the Formal
Proclamation of Statehood
January 3, 1959
We the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded
our nation and pioneered this great land, in order to secure
and transmit to succeeding generations our heritage of political,
civil, and religious liberty within the Union of States, do ordain
and establish this constitution for the State of Alaska.
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
Section 1.1 - Inherent Rights.
This constitution is dedicated to the principles that all persons
have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness,
and the enjoyment of the rewards of their own industry; that
all persons are equal and entitled to equal rights, opportunities,
and protection under the law; and that all persons have corresponding
obligations to the people and to the State.
Section 1.2 - Source of Government.
All political power is inherent in the people. All government
originates with the people, is founded upon their will only,
and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.
There are new proposed legal
issues with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection new PVSA proposal
that will affect our biggest industry in Ketchikan. The PVSA
passenger vessel act new rules could destroy all of Southeaest
Alaska`s tourism business. It is important that every person
in Alaska speak their voice on this issue. This could take away
1/3 or more of our year-round eeconomy. Anyone who thinks tourism
dosen't matter should do some resaerch on our tax base. 1/3 of
our economy effects 100% of everyone.
It is time the rest of the
U.S. knows that Alaska is not a big ECO-PARK for the liberals
and tree huggers who have never left a paved road. They have
already put enough road blocks in places they don't know anything
about and will never visit. We are a State, we are a people like
no other, This is the Last Frontier, this is ALASKA.
We must fight for what is right.
Not Tide or any other soapbox - from the heart,
About: "Candidate for
Borough Assembly 2008"
Received December 16, 2007
- Published December 17, 2007
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