An unfair attack on Ms. Murkowski
Kathleen Parker’s stomach-turning op-ed conflated the reported (and publicly recorded) views and behavior of Alabama’s bizarre and dangerous Senate candidate, Roy Moore, and the issue of opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling [“Stomach-turning behavior,” op-ed, Nov. 12].
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and her views and actions on drilling in the Arctic do not merit this smear. As a lifelong Democrat and an opponent (personally) of drilling in ANWR, I cannot allow this unconscionable comparison to stand.
Ms. Murkowski is as thoughtful and principled a public figure as any of us could wish for. Her party tried to remove her from the Senate with a more “conservative” candidate; she had to run as a write-in candidate. She won; they failed. They have also not succeeded in silencing her admirable voice.
I am proud to support her and have contributed to her campaigns.
Her public statements, positions and votes are consistent with what would be expected of a senator from Alaska. But even then, she is so much more. She is a leader in the Senate with a desire to reach bipartisan resolutions to policy questions great and small. She acts on this principle. As chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she has partnered with the ranking Democratic member, Maria Cantwell (Wash.), with the patient and intellectually honest behavior that we wish for in all such committee relationships.
Ms. Murkowski advocates for Alaska with knowledge, empathy and fierce determination.
Shelley Fidler, Washington