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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: BINKLEY V. PALIN

Larry Wood
Mar. 22, 2006

This is one that the Frontiersman would not publish!

LDW


I am surprised by the second rate treatment the Frontiersman gave Sarah Palin in its treatment of her candidacy in Tuesday’s paper. Yes, John Binkley has raised the most money. Apparently, that fact also bought him the prominent spot on the front page. However, where did Mr. Binkley go for his first fundraiser in the Anchorage area? The Petroleum Club.

The front page contained a centered quote in large type from Mr. Binkley. His article was definitely prioritized by placement. His picture was forward facing while Sarah’s was a side shot. Sarah’s article was relegated to the remaining, narrow vertical column space on the edge of the front page. One cannot look at that arrangement and not know immediately who the paper gave prominence.

If the intent of that placement was to paint Sarah Palin and her candidacy in the light of a “fringe” candidacy, I would say the psychology of the layout would allow one to draw that inference. However, those who know Sarah, know better.

Mr. Binkley served 6 years in the legislature in a fairly unremarkable tenure. One term in the House, one term in the Senate. Period. Mr. Binkley’s article contained many favorable comments from those who should have opposed Binkley, given his republican credentials.

All of the non-partisan hyperbole from Sheffield and other dems says to me that Mr. Binkley is more interested in being a centrist who will not express any point of view beyond the most recent poll. If the intent was to show his leadership potential, the reporter failed. The republicans have a word for guys like Binkley: RINO.

Sarah Palin’s article contained prominent comments from detractors. She was termed “partisan” in her politics. I certainly hope so!

Her uncompromising ethics, her fiscal conservatism, her pro-life and Christian belief, her strong family values, her all-Alaska pipeline preference, and her Alaska and Alaskan’s first position on resource development all set her far above her competition. I know where Sarah Palin stands. I have no doubt about her ability to do the job of governor of the State of Alaska.

Where does John Binkley stand on a pipeline route, on resource development, on the administration’s ethical issues, and on the legislature’s and the governor’s unbridled spending spree?

This state needs leadership, not a chameleon who changes colors with the political winds.

If there is not an all-Alaska pipeline or a “bullet line” built to south central within the next five years, we will be burning our copies of the Frontiersman to keep warm.

What your candidate supports is everything in this campaign. If your candidate is silent on a pipeline choice, then consider Sarah Palin. Her choice has been stated to the public.

We can no longer afford the status quo represented by Binkley’s campaign.

Go Sarah!

Best regards,

Larry Wood


Larry Wood
4750 Wolverine Rd. / Palmer, Alaska 99645
Tel: 907-746-4981, 4983 / Fax: 907-746-4980 / Cell: 907-355-4938
e-mail: ldw@terrawash.com
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