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The Palin way

October 28, 2008

Re "Gov. Palin put donors and friends in key posts," Oct. 24

I've lived in Alaska for eight years. I didn't vote for Sarah Palin for governor, nor will I vote for the McCain/Palin ticket next week. However, there were a few things you failed to consider.

I think one of the main reasons she appointed a number of friends and supporters was that she did come in as an outsider to the capital's GOP establishment. She replaced a horrible governor and dealt with a state capital rife with corruption. It doesn't surprise me that she felt the need to do housecleaning -- and when you don't know whom to trust, you bring in your own people. If you don't know anyone super-qualified, you go with someone you trust over someone with credentials for the job. Trust trumps experience. Perhaps a bad decision, but not necessarily cronyism.

Palin could easily justify her actions as doing what she thought was best for the state.

Peter Schneidler

Kasigluk, Alaska

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