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February 24, 2012

Reading a book-watching a sporting event on TV-playing tennis-eating in a restaurant-going to a movie-playing football-talking on the phone-playing golf-instant messaging-watching reality shows on TV-going on a date-swimming-taking pictures-playing computer games-painting-riding a bike-rowing a boat-fishing-exercising-taking a walk-hunting-writing on Facebook-listening to music-surfing the web-shopping in retail stores-shopping on line-tweeting-talking on ham radio-sleeping-having sex….

Yup it is the American way, doing anything but facing our nation’s problem’s and doing something about it. Can you imagine if say the 20 million or so people who every Sunday watch a football game decided to call there representative in Washington. And if they all said that a certain bill or action was not what they wanted and if they did not change there vote they would be voted out of office. What do you think those representatives would do?

It is something so simple…like getting up off our collective fat asses and writing or calling those who are supposed to be looking out for our welfare. Even showing up at town meetings ‘in mass’ and voicing our opinion would change things. So why do we just sit back and complain? I know there are many times even I say why bother it won’t make any difference, but it does. Because by not showing up or letting our voices be heard those in charge figure they can get away with anything they want.

For instance…. Alaskans are for the most part a proud people. We have a state constitution that has words that rival those written in 1776 by our countries founding fathers. In the state constitution it states that this land (Alaska) belongs to all Alaskans and that every one of us has a right to share in the benefits derived from that land. Be it the animals or fish for our food, or the minerals and oil for our wealth. For the most part todays representatives in Juneau ‘attempt’ to hold to this. Yes they have gotten off the mark a bit but like the royalties derived from every barrel of oil produced, every year each one of us receive a check from that bounty.

Today they are proposing that because of the high energy prices we will get an additional windfall of 250 gallons of fuel or its equivalent in natural gas or electricity. Not bad you say???? Hey they forgot ME and the thousands like me living off the grid. Because I do not live in a town or village with a fuel supplier or and electric company I will get $250 to buy my energy (heating oil). I guess not all Alaskans are equal. That $250 will buy about 67 gallons of heating oil when the majority are getting 250 gallons.

So what am I to do? I am in the minority so my “voice” will basically be ignored by these representatives because even if everyone of us effected voted against them it will not matter. So should I roll over and take it?? No way. Even if it accomplishes nothing rolling over is not any way to live. For what it is worth I have written the Governor and all the representatives that are involved. I have also written to the local newspaper and talk radio station. Now you may think this is a waste, but in 2005 when the borough was trying to expand there boundaries and I wrote to that radio station, and they had me on the air talking about the expansion. This activism and that of others stopped the borough expansion, and saved many from loosing there homes.

So I guess the lesson is always let your voice be heard, you never know if your words will spark a change. Get up off your ass and quit grumbling and bitch to those who make the decisions. If nothing changes at least you have the right to complain, and those that do nothing should shut up and roll over.

Oh and yes reading was mentioned first because I used to like to read before my eyes got so bad….. and sex was way down the list because…
well I am 65 and living in a remote cabin.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. AussieAlaskan permalink
    February 24, 2012 7:32 pm

    Yes, if you don’t speak up about what you think, you have no right to complain about what you get. Good points….and you haven’t lost your sense of humour.


  2. Del permalink
    February 24, 2012 11:10 pm

    go get em Pete….. That was a great post!


  3. ferro permalink
    February 25, 2012 12:09 am

    I used to live in a dry cabin in Fairbanks and although I was not in a remote area it certainly felt that way in the winter. Been enjoying your blog for some time…thank you!

    As an avid reader with poor eyesight wanted to suggest to you an e-reader. Yes, I know that the feel of a book is hard to give up, but the new technology allows you to download a book from the public library, adjust the color of the ‘page’, and change the font size.

    I found it ironic that after I retired and finally had the time to read whenever I wanted that my eyes were failing me! Thanks to my e-reader I can enjoy books again.


  4. Rosalyn permalink
    February 25, 2012 3:53 pm

    That’s also why I vote every single election, even though they moved our polling place to Central from Livengood. That is so handy, but we actually did drive clear over there to vote one year. Now I vote absentee in town at the election office, since an actual absentee vote isn’t counted until 2 weeks after the election, but if voted at the elections office, it counts the same day as the election. I have the POM site on speed click to complain to the entire legislature at every opportunity.
    If you don’t vote, don’t complain about whatever you get in office and if you don’t complain to the people that get into office, then you deserve what you get.
    Be right back, I gotta go complain some more, lol.


  5. Daddy permalink*
    February 26, 2012 10:32 am

    Awesome article and definitely demonstrates that by DOING we can make a difference. The reps are responding to the only groups that are DOING anything, and that’s WACs throwing lots of money at them. So the reps DO.

    But if we took 30 minutes out of our stupid facebooking or Angry birding, or words-with-friending to read up on the days political activities and send in an e-mail, or call our reps offices, they’d know real quick what their REAL constituents want.


    • Rosalyn permalink
      February 28, 2012 2:09 pm

      Antony, check and see what the email address is for sending POMs to your state legislature. That is free, and they do finally get to see what a person is saying to each one of them. Public Opinion Messages are a good way to keep in touch. Some will even respond and address your interests.


      • Rosalyn permalink
        February 28, 2012 2:10 pm

        Sorry, spelled your name wrong, was trying to hurry, internet hasn’t been too reliable for me lately, LOL. try to hurry while it is working.


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