I received from a friend the email below "Who is Sarah Palin?" written by Alaskan Bush Pilot and Guide, Butch King. Before forwarding emails like this, I check them out to see if they are true. Instead of checking this one through Truth or Fiction, or Snopes (which is liberal-leaning), I decided to check the internet and see if I could find a Wildman Lake Lodge inWho says the internet is only for young folks? My mom is 81 years young!
Alaska. I did, indeed, find it! It is - where else but on Wildman Lake - on the Alaska Peninsula. If any of you are thinking about having a great vacation, go to the internet and take a look at this place!!! Alaska is beautiful and the Wildman Lake Lodge is in the middle of that beauty. The Kings also have Cinder River Lodge, also on the Alaskan Peninsula, which seems to fit the
desire by anyone who wants to do BIG hunting and fishing.
I decided to email Wildman Lake Lodge, and ask if the email sent by Butch King was factual. Butch responded that it is the real thing! He and his wife, Kathy, were born and raised in Alaska. He is a Bush Pilot and Guide in Alaska and he says he has been flying the bush since 1969 and that he and Kathy have "thousands of memories" and "thousands of friends". They spend their summers in Alaska and their winters in Texas.
After learning that one of the first things Sarah Palin did, upon becoming Governor, was to dismiss the contingent of State Troopers that had always protected the Governors of Alaska, it is easy to understand what the "Troopergate" fiasco is all about! I'll bet that act produced a bunch of unhappy and/or angry people who saw their salaries and perks going down in
flames. Add to that the sale of the State plane that the former Governor had bought, and on which the State's Legislatures could fly free, it is any wonder there are people who want to bring Sarah down in flames?
Enjoy this email - and start planning your next vacation on Wildman Lake in Alaska. I wish I had known about it when I was in Alaska, thanks to daughter Gail. Here's to Sarah Palin, Queen of the New Frontier!
"Who is Sarah Palin?" by an Alaskan Bush Pilot and Guide - Butch King
Fishing is good here at Wildman and I rarely have time for politics, but many of our friends are asking us "Who is Sarah Palin?" Of course, as Alaskans, Kathy and I are extremely proud of her. We just want to let you know that Sarah "Barracuda" Palin is a straightshooting, hard charging, get it done gal. She knows when to listen, how to analyze the facts and how to make a decision, then implement the plan. She doesn't do a poll before jumping in with both feet like too many of the Washington types. She has little legislative experience because she has always held the EXECUTIVE position; in private life, as mayor of Anchorage's largest bedroom community or more recently as Governor of our State. She is a smart, attractive, home
grown Alaska girl with excellent moral and family values. She can see what needs to be done and does not hesitate to get it done.
One of our State's major problems is that its Capital is in Juneau, 500 miles from the nearest road and 800 air miles from the population base which is Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks. Our legislature and most of the State government is in Juneau and they ALL behave like a bunch of freshmen in a college town. It has been this way since Statehood in 1959. When Sarah
moved to Juneau, so did accountability and responsibility.
When the oil revenue started to flow and a barrel of North Slope Crude hit $23.00, these people began spending money like drunken sailors. You can only imagine what was happening when oil hit $100.00 a barrel, about the time Sarah took command. My wife Kathy has first-hand experience with this fiasco, as her father and also her ex-husband were Alaska
Legislators who served in Juneau as Senators, Senate President, or members of the State House, for a combined period spanning nearly three decades.
About the time Sarah took the HELM as Governor of Alaska, about half of the State legislature was in the pocket of big oil companies or contractors doing big projects for Native Corporations around Alaska, all funded by State oil revenue. Alaska government was nothing but a good old boys club riding the perpetual wave of prosperity. This filtered down from the
legislature, through theDepartment of Natural Resources, Department of Labor and even spilled into the Department of Public Safety who are supposed to "preserve and protect".
When Sarah walked into the Governor's Mansion, she promptly dismissed the State Trooper detachment assigned to the Governor and had her and her husband's guncase brought in from Wasilla. Then, she got rid of the former Governor's STATE Jet and told legislators that there were no more free rides, they would have to fly Alaska Airlines, just like her and her family
if they wanted to travel. Next came the nut cutting (the Barracuda part) - the heads that rolled were too numerous to name, but when Sarah finished cleaning house, a number of our legislators ended up in jail on corruption charges, or tendered their resignations, along with numerous department heads and those who have been riding the gravy train for way too long,
AND THEN SHE HAD LUNCH. By the end of the day, Sarah Palin had saved the people of Alaska millions and has not yet slowed down.
She has truly brought CHANGE to Juneau. I personally know several persons in the private sector in Alaska, that hold her in high esteem. She surrounds herself with smart people, many from my hometown of Anchorage, she listens to them but makes her own decisions. Sarah Palin is not a B.S. politician. It is refreshing that there still is an honest politician. You want to talk about CHANGE? You should see A Before and After picture of the State government in Alaska. That's CHANGE!
Sarah will bring a number of things to the election and I'm sure she will appeal to many voters who were on the fence. We need what Sarah will bring: first to the election and second, what she will bring to Washington, D.C. McCain has chosen well. Let's just hope the American people get the straight scoop on her in the weeks ahead.
This is just the opinion of one Alaska Bush Pilot and Guide, who pays attention to national politics, watches the news and is deathly afraid of the direction our nation is headed. I guarantee that if Sarah gets a chance to dig her spurs into the flanks of the liberal Washington types, they will know that she is in the saddle.
Butch & Kathy King
Wildman Lake Lodge