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Story Last modified at 9:01 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Folsom has the integrity needed for MEA Board

Sue Smith, in her letter to the editor ("Kincaid, Burchell for MEA Board," Page 6, April 7, 2011), advocates for the re-election of Janet Kincaid and Peter Burchell. She claims they have the "experience, knowledge and passion to be good decision makers."

I would argue the opposite. They are not interested in affordable and plentiful electricity for MEA members.

Case in point is the new power plant that will be built at Eklutna. Please see the article in the Star, March 23, 2011 ("MEA moves ahead with plans for $200 million Eklutna power plant," Page 8). As members of the board, Janet Kincaid and Peter Burchell have decided to spend $200 million to build a power plant without a guaranteed fuel source. That does not sound like good decision making to me. They are "hoping" for natural gas. If that is not available they will go with diesel or jet fuel.

There is a shortage of natural gas and we all know how expensive diesel or jet fuel is. It does not seem prudent to bank on a fuel that is in short supply or is expensive. How does that translate to affordable and plentiful energy for MEA members?

Thank heaven for the Star, because the newsletter that is sent out with our bills gives no information on any of this. Janet Kincaid and Peter Burchell are part of the board that does not want us to know.

Bill Folsom served honorably on the board for many years. We are fortunate that he cares enough to want to serve us again. He was on the board when it kept us informed and even asked for our input. We need to get back to the days of fiscal sanity, common sense and integrity.

Reclaim your coop. Vote for Bill Folsom.

– Jackie Amerson,


This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.