Aug 3, 2009
Here is another discussion that is too important to be buried in the comments section. In the latest “Rebuilding Eagle” thread, Jim posted a link to the Anchorage Daily News.
In the October 23, 2008 AP article in the Anchorage Daily News “Palin Tells AFN She’s Forming Rural Subcabinet” the governor said, “As I envision it, the subcabinet will work closely with representatives of rural communities, tribes, corporations, nonprofits and other entities to discuss issues of concern and to design acceptable solutions.
Okay, that’s a start. Then what? What follows?
The subcabinet is authorized to create one or more advisory groups to study specific issues. Advisory groups created by the subcabinet may provide recommendations to the subcabinet for consideration. At times and locations to be determined, the subcabinet may also convene public meetings to present and receive comments.
What system is in place to DEAL with the problems the Rural Subcommittee uncovers and ACTIVATE the powers-that-be to manage the aftereffects of disasters in any consistent, productive way? Where is mention of IMPLEMENTING solutions?
Each member of the Rural Alaska Subcommittee is responsible for his own travel expenses. With few roads across Alaska, and the expense of air fare and connections between distant airports, how unreasonable is that? Without specific financial backing from the state, how severely limited is this subcommittee in meeting together or visiting rural locations? How limited are its members in responding directly with the affected rural people to critical issues?
Was Palin’s original intent to make the subcommittee just look good on paper? Give the group a really nice-sounding name? Maybe just humor “the little people” a bit to shut them up and confuse them that someone who holds power in their government actually gives a damn about them?
Someone, please tell me:
What is the REAL purpose of the Rural Alaska Subcommittee?
Where is real leadership up there?
What does it take for Alaska’s people to get the support of their elected leaders in times of crisis?
It is well-known, and has been known, in fact, for thousands of years, that rural Yukon people must catch critically-needed salmon each summer in order to survive their brutal Alaskan winters. It isn’t recreational fishing, it’s not sport fishing, it’s not for fun; it is for survival. That is why it is called “subsistence” fishing.
Where are the concerned leaders TODAY who are looking for answers, right now, to prevent a recurrence of last winter’s food and fuel crisis?