Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Welcome Hosanna Evageline Wainscott: March 2004

Comment on the floor of the House of Representatives celebrating the birth of our 17th grandchild

Mr. Speaker, we all have more precious gifts than we deserve. I know I certainly have more precious gifts than I deserve.

Easter is soon upon us, and I’m among those who believe Easter tells the story of an infinitely precious gift – and that is the Gift of eternal Life.

I’ve also had the precious gift of my loving wife Marlene, and together we’ve received the precious Gift of six precious children – and these children, like all children, are precious gifts of life from God, from the very moment of conception.

Our six children have brought us additional precious gifts: seventeen grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Our seventeenth grandchild came to life nine months ago, and was born Saturday, March 27th, in Indiana to her parents, my daughter Marla Wainscott and her husband Lance Wainscott. The baby’s name is “Hosannah Evangeline Wainscott” – and in my church you can hear her name spoken every day of the year, in every place in the world.

Hosannah is the sixth child, the sixth precious gift, for our Wainscott family – and of their six children, the only girl.

All of us are rightfully proud to be entrusted by our constituents to represent them in this legislature – but I’m here to tell you, nothing makes one more proud than to be honored by God with precious gifts of children, and the children of children.

Why am I Pro-Life? – well, you just heard it.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Letter to a Teenage Girl March 15, 2004

The following is a response to a letter from a teenage girl who asked if I was "Pro-Life." I think the girl's letter may have been in response to a school project. I didn't know the girl.
Dear (Name of a teenage girl withheld)

Thank you for contacting me.

Yes, I am “Pro-Life.” That means I believe in the protection of God’s precious Gift of Life from the moment of conception until natural death.

Most of us would never even think of deliberately destroying a birthday gift or a Christmas gift then call our behavior “pro-choice,” yet some people destroy the gift of a baby in the womb and call it “pro-choice.” It’s quite legal to destroy both birthday gifts and Christmas gifts, but that would be a terrible insult to the gift giver. In the same way, I believe destroying a Gift from God, is an insult to God. Just because something is “legal” and the “law of the land,” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s morally right.

Think about the old days when it was legal to segregate black Americans from white Americans, and black kids couldn’t even go to the same school as white kids, or eat in the same restaurant, or have fun at the same beach. Segregation was also “legal” and the “law of the land” but it was also an insult to God because God created all of us, regardless of color, or religion, or ability, or anything else. Finally, Americans stood up for what was right, and finally the court ended racial segregation. I hope that someday soon, all Americans will stand up to end abortion, and the court will make it possible to end abortion.

You asked what you could do personally to end abortion. That’s a good question. First of all, when someone asks you the question, never be afraid to give your Pro-Life answer. All of us want to be popular, and to “get-along,” and to have people like us (especially politicians like me) – but it’s much more important for all of us to get-along with our conscience. There’s a lot of “peer pressure” (I’ve certainly experienced it here in my job in the legislature) to “go-along-to-get-along,” but try to muster the courage to stand up and be counted for what you know in your conscience to be right. Believe me, standing up for what you know is right isn’t easy – but if things were easy, everyone would do it! Remember, we are responsible for our actions - but God is responsible for the results.

Someday, you may want to consider running for election. Then you’ll have more than one opportunity to vote for what you know is right. Study hard, and learn everything you can about this wonderful America and Alaska you are privileged to live in. We have problems like abortion, and other bad things that need to be fixed, but here in America “we the people” have the freedom – if we have the will - to make things better – too many other places in the world don’t.

Best wishes,


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