Daily News Miss the Point:
Alaskans Don't Want Aerial Wolf Kill
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / December 19, 2003
of the Times editor Paul Jenkins expressed the opinion that
the group calling for a tourism boycott of Alaska (due to
aerial wolf-killing being allowed here) is stupid ("Ah,
it's deja vu all over again," Dec. 12).
Daily News recently ran an editorial that essentially said
that the aerial wolf-kill issue should be dealt with by people
in the state, and that those out-of-state should mind their
own business ("Let's boycott the boycott," Dec.
seems both Jenkins and the Daily News editorial writers are
either unable to discern or are unwilling to address the heart
of the issue. The people of Alaska have already expressed
their opinion on aerial wolf-killing in two separate referendums.
They voted against it! Twice! Non-Alaskans didn't decide this;
Alaskans did. Perhaps Jenkins and the Daily News writers who
wrote that opinion are (to use Mr. Jenkins' own word) "stupid."
Or maybe they feel that decisions arrived at democratically
are unacceptable and should be overridden at will by special-interest
groups. That certainly fits in with our current state government's
in the "stupid" category is Game Board member Mike
Fleagle. He recently expressed the view that the people calling
for the tourism boycott are acting like terrorists. How can
calling for a boycott be categorized as terrorism? I haven't
seen al-Qaida call for a tourism boycott of America!
Brian Beckwith / Eagle River
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