Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:02 PM on Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DNR's new mission statement doesn't protect Alaska, Alaskans

Dear Governor,

The new mission statement for the Department of Natural Resources takes out the reference for the best interest of the citizens of this state. The new mission statement talks of developing Alaska's resources by making them available for maximum use and benefit consistent with the public interest.

I would like to know who determines what that is. "Public interest" is defined much differently than "citizens of the state of Alaska." Public interest could be used as a worldwide reference. Who would it truly be, citizens or politicians, who are influenced by private interest?

It is a tragic mistake in your administration not to consider conservation an important step for the future. This very important word was removed.

The future of this state is at an important crossroad. We have lots of resources to offer to the hungry world, but let's remember the next few generations of Alaskans. We do not want to leave a disaster, developed for public interest, for future generations of Alaskans.

Conservation should be at every discussion about development. Environmental issues should be addressed before profit. Alaska should have more protection from its government, not less.

Robert E. Archibald