How Do We Know Letter Writers Were Really
Planning Trips to Alaska?
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage
Daily News / February 10, 2004
If I were an environmentalist and wanted to stop wolf hunting in Alaska, I might
come up with some dirt-cheap ways to influence Alaskans without having anything
more than a word processor and a bright idea. I would write some letters to
the Daily News telling Alaska readers, some of whom are involved in tourism,
that I had just canceled an expensive trip to Alaska this summer because they
are destroying those beautiful wild animals.
I wouldn't need to have made any reservations. I might be a dedicated and ideological
college student who couldn't afford bus fare to the next town, or a little old
lady on Social Security, but I would think: "Do the Alaska papers have any way
of knowing if I really booked a trip to Alaska? Do they check out sources for
a letter written from someone on the East Coast? Probably not. I wonder why no
one has thought of this."
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