Ted Stevens built the state of Alaska from scratch.
He was responsible for 90% of the efforts involved in bringing Alaska into statehood back in the late 50's. He stuck with his project for 50+ years. Seeing Alaska develop into what we all know it as today was his life long efforts. Few understand the logistics involved in such a undertaking.
From the oil pipeline to such basics of supplying remote villages with solid power generation and clean drinking water takes a lot of effort along with a lot of federal funding and Ted saw these projects through. As a result, outsiders dubbed him "The Earmark King", many residents of communities that bare the fruits of his efforts refer to him simply as "Uncle Ted".
He served as a United States senator representing the State of Alaska for 40 years and had pretty much "timed out", in my mind. His indictment and the later dismissal of, was just what it took to get the man to move over and sit down.
As much as it may sound as if, I didn't truly support him. I'm not fond of strong arm politics. But I do respect him and the results of his work.
I don't have much use for any politician who bases their whole reelection campaign on how much pork barrel spending they brought to a state. Ted was a pork barrel pro. Ted never made much of an effort to allow Alaska to manage its own resources most of what Ted did was to favor the feds or the corporations.
It seems more and more there are curupt politicains and i think you could find stuff like this on about 90% of the people holding office. its very sad that these people gain the trust of the american people and pull this kinda stuff. America is in and wil continue to be in bad shape till we can get some honest peopel in office that will turn things around. i really dont know if there are any honest people in office anymore. i just hope we dont fall like other powers of the world in the past or atleast not till my family line doesnt exsist anymore. it truely is a sad time in our country.
There it sits. Alone and forgotten in a desk drawer or maybe in the bottom of your hunting pack. The lowly compass. Primarily initially replaced by the hand held GPS and now even by the new “smart” cell phones that include GPS, electronic compass – even real time imaging on aerial maps! Once the friend of every hunter and now the companion of few. It is not glamorous or glitzy, that is for sure… no bells and no whistles. Aaaaah, but let’s not rush to forget our...