It’s a big beautiful state, but Palin is hardly protecting its citizens-

Northern Exposure. New Republic by by Sheila Kaplan and Marilyn Berlin Snell

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

16 Responses to Northern Exposure. Sarah Palin's toxic paradise.

  1. avatar Dave Smith says:

    In Alaska, especially the Alaskan Bush, most toxics are self-induced: alcohol, nicotine, & other drugs.

  2. Sara Palin is a joke. She deserves the ridicule that she gets- from her bridge to nowhere comments to her manipulation of the Aerial Gunning vote in Alaska. She is a graduate of the George W Bush School of Environmentalism, where she learned the art of trumping science with political gain. She got an A.

  3. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    I agree, she is a complete joke. She is probably more anti-environmentalist than W and it would be scary if she was ever in the White House under any circumstances.

  4. avatar John d. says:

    There’s a lot of things she doesn’t know or refuses to acknowledge. What exactly has Sarah done for the benefit of Alaska?

  5. avatar izabelam says:

    Count me on NOT voting for her or anyone who would place her as VP…what a joke.
    BUT..there is a lot of women who love her and would identify with her and her as a symbol of American woman…
    kill the wolves, kill the moose..cook the stew..green jello anyone?
    PS. I am from Utah so I think the green jello joke is Ok. 🙂

  6. avatar Linda Hunter says:

    BUT..there is a lot of women who love her and would identify with her and her as a symbol of American woman…

    WHAT???? I don’t believe you said that! What women. . any woman I know understands that she is what we call a “man’s woman” who hasn’t grown up to have her own ideas but takes on the ones she thinks the men in her life approve of. No woman I know has any respect for her at all. If she is a symbol of the American woman I am moving!!

  7. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    I agree with you on that Linda. I was surprised how many people voted for McCain because of her. That shows something wrong with a lot of people, not because of liking her but because of the fact that you don’t vote for the vice president.

  8. avatar S... says:

    You know, she has nothing to hide and couldn’t if she wanted to because she has made herself a marginal national figure that, for all intents and purposes, is the laughing-stock of the Rep. party. I champion that she continues to be the gaping hole in the side of their flagship of fools.

    Anyone with a positive IQ can smell the stink on her crap. The more she talks, the more it becomes blatantly obvious that she is merely a clown, albeit a dangerous one but still just a clown.

  9. avatar izabelam says:

    Linda.
    I hear you and I am with you on this BUT… long before America knew her name..I knew who she was ..I knew because of our wolves, because of her absolutely wrong policies and I knew when MC was looking for a VP, she would be the one.
    And I listened to some really lost souls at my work who admired her for being the strong woman, mother, hunter and ….no one called her bi&*( for being assertive).
    We dont’ agree with her but we cannot neglect the fact that she is and she will be back.
    And that is when I move out!!! 🙂

  10. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    Izabelam, are you from Alaska orginally? How did you hear about her?

  11. avatar Cobra_bassin says:

    Yea, and Obama is sooooo much better. To bad we can’t get rid of all of them and start over.

  12. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    Obama at least isn’t as anti-environmentalist.

  13. avatar izabelam says:

    ProWolf,
    I was always fascinated with wolves and by reading a lot about wolves and their place in Alaska I learned about her.
    I am originally from Poland where we still have some wolves ( I guess they are migrating to Germany).
    As to the Palin deal. Man..she sucks.
    How a person who is pro life can just massacre innocent animals. Seems like old crusades..in the name of…lets kill them all.
    I have sent her some e-mails and never got any response. She is a hard core, power hungry b^&* and unfortunatly gets good response from a lot of Alaskans. They voted for her and will vote again.
    Bad economy does not help wolves or bears.
    Man I sound depressing.

    As to Obama – I voted for him. Am I regretting it? ..mixed emotions. But NO I still hope for the change.
    I wonder if he ever visited Yellowstone, Glacier or any national park. I have e-mailed him also ..I asked him to think about what does he want to leave for his grandchildren: animals in zoos or free running buffalo, wolves howling to the stars and polar bears not extinct. Got no answer. Figure it out.

  14. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    Izabelam, I have read in various sources that wolves are migrating from Poland into Germany. In Europe is there as much controversy with wolves as there is in the western US? I understand that the former USSR had bounties on wolves, I wasn’t sure if it was the same.

    I also find it ironic that someone who is pro-life can massacre wolves from planes and approve the hunting of bears with cubs. The justification is that it is feeding Alaskans. I have a hard time believing that. She likes to come off as a sportsman (or should I say sportswoman) and yet anyone who is a true sportsman believes in fair chase which aerial gunning is not.

    I voted for Obama but also have mixed emotions. I still am hopeful. That is good that you have written letters like that to Obama. I wonder how many presidents have been to our national parks. They could learn a lot from them.

  15. avatar April Clauson says:

    Just so ya know, Obama and his Grandmother took a cross country trip on bus’s and trains, the big highlight to him, was Yellowstone, he stated it is places like Yellowstone that need protecting. Not all of what we wish he would/could do will happen, it is not only him that makes these decisions. States need to change, forest service, wild life mgmt needs to change. but he is much better and his cabinet members, than anyone under Bush was. And I could not stand Palin even before she ran for VP, just reading her record on wild life management in Alaska was enough to tell me she only cares about money and getting herself and family in the news and such, and I agree, she tots to men, not women!

  16. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    You are right April, it is also up to the states and cabinet. I jsut hope he can have some influence.

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