FAIRBANKS — Last week marked the completion of fairbanksirl’s poll regarding the potential closure of Eielson Air Force Base. The results were very close, with 47.6% of the votes in favor of keeping Eielson open and 52.4% in favor of closing it down. Conclusion: fairbanksirl readers are split on the issue.
The opinion of the media is another story. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has already approved over $100,000 in spending to analyze the United States Air Force decision to move the F-16s. Property taxes and home rental costs in areas such as North Pole have been on the rise over the last 10 years, arguably due to increases in military personnel.
So the base gives Alaska more taxes to play with and the state uses the money to try and keep the base? This explains why the politicians are fighting so hard (spending Alaska tax money) to keep the base.
But what about the opinion of the average Fairbanks resident? Our poll indicates that interest in closing the base is split down the middle. There are many positives and negatives associated with Eielson’s closure, yet only the opinions of the politicians seem to be represented in the news.
fairbanksirl will continue to provide updates on the Eielson controversy in order to offer underrepresented opinions that the big dogs (News-Miner, Anchorage Daily News) are not willing to objectively provide.
OTHER ARTICLES THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST:
– VIDEO: Ron Paul comments on the Eielson situation during his visit to FBX
— Rep. Don Young’s tactful definition of ‘environmentalist’
— Commentary on the UAF Veteran’s Center controversy
— What exactly is ‘ordure’, anyway?
— Alaska’s high ‘happiness-index’/high suicide rate — How’s that work?
— What does ‘animal-to-human fusionology’ have to do with FBX (or reality)?
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