Hope, the Greatest of All Treasures


It’s hope that is the greatest of all treasures. It’s hope that will make an Arctic Fox[^1] wait patiently on a grassy ledge, under cliffs filled with nesting birds, hoping that an egg or a unfledged chick will tumble down and provide a meal.

Arctic Fox, St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska

Arctic Fox, St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska

It’s hope that gets us out of bed each morning, against all those disappointments of yesterday. It’s hope that sells lottery tickets, diamond rings and gold mining claims.

It’s hope, the greatest of all treasures, that allows us to tolerate the incredible stupidity, selfishness, ignorance and vanity of the majority caucus  of the Alaska Legislature, as they collectively continue to accomplish exactly nothing in the face of a financial crisis, child abuse and medical expense-induced bankruptcies. Half way through the 30-day special session the list of legislative accomplishments is limited to successfully calling a ten-day long recess.

Until the next election cycle in 2016, all we can do is wait, with the Arctic Fox, and hope that some small tidbit of legislation tumbles down to us. That the majority caucuses can find time in their busy efforts to (1) avoid meeting in Juneau, (2) raise funds for the next election and (3) dither; and actually accomplish the people’s business.

WC continues to hope.

{^1]:This is the Pribilof Islands subspecies of the Arctic Fox, Vulpes lagopus pribilofensis.

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