Guest Column: Demise planned for 3 Alaskan communities

Guest Column: Demise planned for 3 Alaskan communities

By By Julie Kay Smithson

Five elected and appointed (non-elected) people in Alaska are in the process of crafting the certain demise of three Alaskan communities. These five are: the Governor of Alaska, Tony Knowles; Alaska Lieutenant Governor Fran Ulmer; Alaska State Budget Director Annalee McConnell; Alaska DOT Commissioner Joseph Perkins; and Alaska DOT Northern Region Director Ralph Swarthout.

These five have decided that ‘the most efficient way to balance the budget’ is to close 18 community airfields and stop maintenance—either year-round or in the winter months—on 70 roads leading to remote communities. This arbitrary and capricious action, an act of terrorism by five individuals against their fellow citizens, includes the ONLY highway, the Steese Highway, that connects Central, Circle City and Circle Hot Springs to Fairbanks, Alaska, 135 miles from Central. The website for more on this is: At this website you may send a single letter to the editor/editorial to many publications at once. Also, a single e-mail may be sent at once to ALL the Alaska Legislature:

“Alaska Has At Least $7.70 Billion In Potential Surpluses of the Taxpayers Money” it is not using. This analysis does not, repeat, does not, include the $26+ billion in the Permanent Fund, which is approximately $41,000 per capita:

As usual, those in power never mention the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report—CAFR—of which “the budget is only a fraction. All the posturing about ‘balancing the budget,’” when mega-billions are stashed—hidden—within the CAFR, is criminal, nothing less. There is plenty of money to keep roads and airfields open and maintained; if the light can be shone on this FACT, many lives will be spared this winter, and our fellow human beings will not be reduced to being FORCED to move into a large city against their will. No matter where we live in America or the world, we simply MUST help our neighbors in the north before they are left to die by their elected/appointed “officials.” This is America! This MUST NOT HAPPEN—and yet, it WILL happen, if you and I and many, many more don’t rise to this challenge. There is no time for saying, “I’m too busy.” Winter is serious business in Alaska—please, help these folks with your e-mails, phone calls, faxes, letters—and by sending/delivering guest editorials to your local papers, worldwide, letting the world know about this horrific act being committed by those in power! As of July 6, 2002, just 86 days remain in which to stop a juggernaut from leveling hundreds of lives and three communities, their custom and culture and very existence. What if it were you, your home and community? If these actions in rural areas are not stopped NOW, the time will be soon when it WILL be you! For more information, contact Miss Julie Kay Smithson

at 1-740-857-1239 or

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