Letter to the Editor

Palin inexperienced

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dear editor:

I cannot understand why Sarah Palin has won over undecided voters. I think they should learn some of the facts about her.

She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town of about 9,000 people (outside of Anchorage), which has less population than Mountain Home.

She has no foreign policy experience and is very, very conservative. She is a hunter and fisherwoman but votes against the environment again and again.

She ran an ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving the hiring and firing of state officials.

Sarah Palin is solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says that renewables will take 10 years to see results. She has also sued the Bush Administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species -- she was worried that it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska. Even her inauguration for governor was sponsored by British Petroleum (BP).

How closely did John McCain vet this choice for vice president? He met Sarah Palin at a meeting. They spoke a second time, when he asked her about being his running mate.

Who is the presidential candidate, McCain or Palin? It seems she has energized the GOP, but is she ready to take over if the 72-year-old McCain cannot fulfill his term if elected?

Clair Douglas Densley