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).

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Yes, along with the rest of our Alaska Legislature, I received an epistle from Vice President Dick Cheney on gas pipeline issues. Somehow I don’t think the veep woke up in the middle of the night and thought, "Gee whiz, I need to drop a note to Bob Lynn and his friends in the legislature." I’d bet my housecat someone in the administration invited the vice-president to write the legislature. No, I'm not going to speculate. The suspects are too numerous.

In all seriousness, however, Mr. Cheney's letter does indicate that a successful gas pipeline project is important, not only to Alaska, but to the entire United States. And I agree with that. But the reality is, I don’t think any votes in the legislature are going to be changed one way or the other because of Mr. Cheney's letter.

Alaska is a sovereign state. The Alaska legislature doesn’t work for the vice-president of the United States. Likewise the legislature doesn't work for the administration - we work to represent our constituents. And that’s the way it is, and the way it should be.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

An interesting coincident that BP shuts down miles of pipeline right before Alaska votes on a decision for the gas pipeline. Would it be arm twisting Alaska over short term revenue so they can make a long term profit?
Maybe coincidence... Frankly, I would be nervous about having a company with that kind of record taking on added business. It puts Alaska at risk if this sort of thing happens through poor BP maintenance policies - or if another vote comes up they want to control... At the very least, it calls for legislation to protect Alaska if there are any problems down the road - provided BP lawyers don't lock that up in court for years.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Lynn: I find it interesting that BP just now realized it had a leaky pipeline when they are trying so hard to get your legislature to give them natural gas drilling rights.

You are correct to tell the VP and Pres to mind their own business. It's Alaska's business to decide what's best, not theirs.

Good luck!

10:34 PM  

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