On April 17, 2017, in Fairbanks, Alaska the community come out…Don Young did not. Constituents want communicate with their Congressman but haave no luck. Here is what they have to say:
Notes: This is not meant to be a verbatim transcript; rather it is a shorthand version of the testimony given. The video included with this document records the actual testimony.
Jim Kowalsky – It is time to recognize the value of wild places and join others in working for better stewardship of lands and wildlife. We’re the same age, you and I. I invite a wakeup call. It’s not too late.
Don Callahan – What about the heroin epidemic in Alaska? What is being done to reduce drug abuse? Nothing of substance is being done about the deaths from heroin. When will you and your fellow congressional members do something realistic to reduce the drug abuse in America?
Tom Weingartner – I am a professional scientist, and I have three concerns:
1. With promised increased infrastructure spending, he’s concerned about proposed cuts to funding for scientific research. While the U.S. cuts science funding, India, China, Western European nations are substantially increasing their investments in fundamental research.
2. Our president has mocked climate change science. Climate change can only be ignored at our peril.
Robin Barker – Health Care. I got too sick to work and the so-called safety net system didn’t work. My husband and I lost our retirement. I was on Obamacare for one year and now I am on Medicare. , I hope that we can just leave Obamacare in place and fix any of the problems that have come up…. although I would much prefer to see a single-payer system in this country.
Roger Kaye –Do you really believe that 97% of atmospheric scientists are wrong about climate change? If they are right, if you are wrong, how do you think history is going to judge you and this state? The fact that you, Don Young, have the lowest environmental score of any congressman is shameful.
Bernardo Hernandez – On refugees, we are not treating them well. Families are being torn apart, refugees are fleeing to Canada because of this. We need them as workers in this country. Congress needs to solve this problem. I’m asking you, Rep. Don Young, to work with others in Congress to craft a new immigration policy that builds into it a path to citizenship.
Dave Nebert – After WWII we because a world leader. We need to continue to value this effort and continue it.
Fran Mauer – Why did you introduce HR 96? It will rescind the Eastern Interior Management plan created by the Bureau of Land Management if passed. This plan was over eight years in the making and represents a good example of where the federal government actually listened to local Alaskans.
Susheila Khera – Thank you for supporting health care. I take exception to the statement on your website, but I want you to support the best parts of the ACA. We need affordable healthcare in this country. I also support Planned Parenthood.
Jimmy Fox – I support science and feels that HR 243 is wrong because it hamstrings the EPA and forces bureaucratic rules on them. The so-called HONEST Act, co-sponsored by Young, would curb the use of science by the Environment Protection Agency and is a dishonest measure.
Jean Weingartner – Planned Parenthood is important. Nobody is for abortion, but it is the only way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and to provide birth control.
Charles Simmons – 1. We need intelligent leadership on climate change. Just at the time we need to be taking meaningful action on climate change, we’re running backwards.
2. Please commit to a full investigation of President Trump and Russia. 3. I object to the sale of our personal information to corporations. Alaskans believe in privacy rights.
Sean McGuire – Climate change is real. The Republican Party is the only body that denies climate change.
Marilyn Russell – Congressman Young, fund Planned Parenthood and support universal healthcare, or at least fix Obamacare, don’t repeal it. That was the first step forward.
Nicky Eiseman-I oppose the president’s proposed budget cuts to the arts, and public broadcasting especially. I am opposed to the increases in military spending. Our president is spending a tremendous amount of money and resources on unnecessary travel for him and his family. I urge you to stand strong and call it what it is, which is just disgraceful.
Jeanne Olson-I miss you not being here tonight. We had hoped you’d come. I am a vet and scientist.
1. Thanks for supporting the bill to legalize cannabis.
2. I support single payer healthcare and good healthcare insurance. I don’t have healthcare because it would cost three times as much as my mortgage.
3. We need immigration reform.
4. I’m against FDA overreach that requires homeopathy to prove its efficacy.
5. The EPA should be fully funded. Our air in North Pole is polluted (we learned this courtesy of the EPA).
6. I vote.
Cheryl Keepers – About the Federal Budget- one way to save money is not to build the wall. A wall between the U.S. and Mexico is a huge waste of money.
William Schneider – We have been having lots of discussion among ourselves about issues important to Alaskans. It’s too bad you haven’t been here. Dialogue is central to our democracy. That dialogue can only happen if you show up. We can’t just depend on electronic means of communicating or form letters coming back and forth. We need that interaction. We need the question, the answer, the response, and the second response.
Felix Hiwojosn – I’m a Democrat and I voted for you because I believed in you. So far I don’t believe in you because you aren’t doing your job. I won’t vote for you again.
Laurie Keil – 1. I have an issue with the opioid addiction solutions. I suffer from chronic pain. Please look at the issue broadly. There are some who need opioid prescriptions for the pain, and all are not addicted. 2. The minimum wage is too low. No one should work full-time and not be able to afford the bare minimum necessities of life.
Jeri Maxwell – Tomorrow is Tax Day. You are not voting for President Trump to release his taxes. Encourage our It is very important for the American people to see how and where his money is invested.
Sharon Alden – The nation needs a single-payer system for healthcare, and not one that ties coverage to employment. There are still people who are not able to get coverage now and it’s a scandal and a tragedy. I have MS. Many Republicans want to not allow preexisting conditions; then I would not be able to get healthcare.
Ritchie Musick – We do not have a real stable person up at the head of everything. With his hand on the nuclear button I wake up in the morning, and many people are waking up already depressed before the day starts. Life is very frightening right now. We Americans have our Congress to fall back on.
Brenna Carlson – Planned Parenthood is a very important facility. In Alaska over 7,600 people rely on Planned Parenthood. Sixty-five percent of them rely on low-income healthcare. Please consider not defunding Planned Parenthood. Defunding is not the right choice.
Nanne Myers- Although Pro Choice, I respect the proposal of the House not to fund abortion, since the country is so divided on this topic. However, I urge you to oppose other proposals to limit abortion or birth control services since that directly interferes with a woman’s and family’s ability to ensure they can meet the financial obligations of child