Governor Disregarded Voters Once; On What Issue Will He Do It Next?

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / January 13, 2004

I have read many letters to the editor concerning aerial wolf hunting or control, some pro, some against. My concern is not with the wolves or the moose but with people. In 1996 and 2000, people voted against aerial wolf hunting, and our governor decided that our vote did not matter.

Therefore, I think we have to ask ourselves the next time we vote, will it count? Or will it be thrown out at the governor's discretion? If the Permanent Fund is brought to the ballot, will our vote matter then? Will our vote count if an income tax, property tax or sales tax goes on the ballot? The governor has overruled the voice and vote of the people, right or wrong, once, and if he gets away with it he will do it again.

With wolves, maybe this is a test to see how far he can push. There is a bigger issue, and it has nothing to do with wolves!

-- Carrie Harris / Anchorage

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