When we moved to the MatSu from back east in early 90’s, I had a neighbor who had homesteaded his place in 42. Came to Alaska when he was like 20. He passed away a few years back at the age of 94, drove his van clear up to Eagle on the Yukon for a visit when he was 92 years old. He would tell me how it use to be when he first arrived, back when all the Anchorage people thought the Japanese were coming, ha ha. He said nowadays, Alaskans are all just becoming Americans; not radical freedom loving like the Gold Rush People were that were still alive when he came to Alaska. He also told me that during the statehood vote, most Alaskans didn’t want to become a state; wanted to remain like the Phillapines. Alaskans knew they couldn’t afford state govt, they’d be taxed to death. He said the feds brought in 20,000 military prior to the vote, then changed the law so that they could vote, why it passed. I really do think most Alaskans would vote to remain a state though, even all the Repubs; as we do have more freedom here than anywhere’s else in lower 48. I live in an unorganized borough, no local govt, no taxes, no LEOs, no services, nobody to call and complain to, and everybody thinking they run the show and everybody else telling them to shove it where the sun don’t shine. Everybody is armed for bear protection and has’nt been a murder in 30 years, no crime and a bunch of good Indians and kooky White People that would be locked up if they lived in the city. I couldn’t live anywheres else and really be happy.
“I couldnt live anywheres else and really be happy.”
I lived in AK from ‘71 - ‘89. I’ve never been happier than there. There was true tolerance and honesty. Polical correctness didn’t exist. People were independent. The mindset was liberating. It spoiled me when it comes to living free and speaking freely. When coming to the Lower 48, I learned that every word and thought had to be processed and calculated to determine who might be offended, what was politically correct, etc. When in Alaska, that wasn’t an issue. Sure, people had their toes stepped on now and then, including myself, but nobody took it personally. You accepted the opinions of others and they accepted yours. No righteous indignation or recriminations. Of course, that was then and this is now; I suppose a lot of that has changed, but it was wonderful then.
When I read the ADN opinion page the day after the election I could have sworn I lived in Seattle.
What a bunch of lefty loons live in Anchorage.
I’m glad I’m isolated from there.