To the editor:

Here we are at the Fourth of July once again. This year I am trying to explain the meaning of the holiday to my 4 year old. So, I’m reading the Declaration of Independence — which happens to be signed by my great, uncle Oliver Wolcott.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

It suddenly becomes crystal clear that we have returned to whence we came — an oppressive government that exploits its people while giving power to foreign corporations and a military that exceeds civil power. Look at what our government is doing to us. The Department of Natural Resources is disguised as Mental Health Trust, providing access for Riversdale to destroy the community of Chickaloon without holding them accountable for ravaging our land, our water and our sanity. Alaskans will lose, while all the profit goes to Australia. Why should we not revolt? It’s time to stand up before we having nothing left to lose.

Here in the scenic Matanuska Valley on American soil we are living in a war zone. Helicopters are constantly thumping the air around us, looking for enough evidence to expedite the coal reserves beneath our community. DNR and AST are attempting to subdue the masses with falsehoods of supposed public access for the coal company to destroy everything that we enjoy about this place.

What will be left of our homeland after the homesteaders and moose have been run out by strip mining activity? Who will protect us? I do not consent.

Lisa Stevenson

Chickaloon

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