Give them piece of your mind

With Alaskans up in arms about crime, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer may be poking a hornet’s nest today at a town hall meeting where that is the subject.

The event hosted by Meyer and members of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration aims to focus crime’s effects on Alaskans’ lives.

House Bill 49, which was intended to fix some of the problems in the notorious Senate Bill 91 – blamed by many for a crime increase in Alaska – has been approved by the House. The Senate has toughened the House bill by inserting provisions wanted by Dunleavy. How it will end up is anybody’s guess.

SB91 was intended to save the state money by sending fewer people to prison. The idea was to divert defendants, instead, to rehab programs and counseling so they would not re-offend.

Money for all that never was appropriated and, as a result, the justice system became a revolving door for petty criminals and drug offenders. Many communities have found themselves awash in car thefts, petty crime and drug use.

On top of that, parole and probation officers were told to ignore new petty crimes to make it appear SB91 was working.

There are more than enough Alaskans fed up with crime to give Meyer, et. al, a piece of their minds.

It should be instructive.

3 Responses to Give them piece of your mind

  1. Morrigan May 13, 2019 at 11:43 am

    After 60 years and 4 months of statehood, Alaskans are apparently supposed to believe that nobody in or out of state government is capable of writing effective crime law, or even plagiarizing effective crime law from another state.
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    Instead, what we have is more corruption, more mismanagement, and of course, more crime.
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    We don’t have a stand-your-ground law. We don’t have an effective anti-trespassing law.
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    We don’t have presumptive sentencing.
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    We don’t have a state RICO law to put drug dealers out of business.
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    What we do have is a lobbyist-legislator team that can’t seem to get out of its own way except when Getting More Money.
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    So we’ll do yet another delphi meeting where folks stand up, preach to the choir, get rousing applause, and everybody goes home happy…
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    until our damned lobbyist-legislator team says, right on, we can do this for a small, fair, sustainable income tax and sales tax.
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    No? Wanna bet?

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  2. Marlin1893@gmail.com May 13, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Might help to know location and time……..

    Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer and members of the Dunleavy Administration will host a town hall on Monday, May 13, 6-7 pm, to hear from Alaskans about the ways crime has affected their lives. The event takes place at the Marston Theater, in the Loussac Library.

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  3. John London May 13, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    What about some adults buying loco-weed legally now for youth? lSome adults always have bought youth alcohol illegally as the kids wait outside the liquor store in the parking lot or somewhere else. Has that increased crime as in a sense a black market for youth loco-weed? The youth have to get the money somewhere.

    I know, I know, it’s a harmless little weed that grows naturally in the country gardens of Kumbaya where everyone is equal and some make big money. BWAAAAAAA.

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