Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966

Represent people, not government


August 9, 2018

It is difficult to find the words that can fully express the disappointment I experienced when a member of the Haines Borough Assembly made the following statement, on the record, and I quote: “We represent the government, that’s our job.”

This statement by our elected representative on the Haines Borough Assembly, directed toward another assembly member, is a clear indication of an elected representative of the people who is unaware of who they were elected to represent.

What is the source of our government? Let’s look at the Constitution of the state of Alaska, Article 1, Section 2 and I quote: “Source of Government – All political power is inherent in the people. All government originates with the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the people as a whole.”

I ask that anyone who serves as a representative of the people, elected by the people, that does not know their responsibility to the people, please read the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Alaska.

Paul Nelson


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