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In 1959 the headlines across Alaska were simple -"We're In!" - and the nation knew what it meant. On the eve of our grand reenactment of our 1959 celebrations, thanks to Governor Sarah Palin, once again the eyes of the nation were on Alaska.
Palin's out! 070809 SPEAKINGOUT 2 Capital City Weekly In 1959 the headlines across Alaska were simple -"We're In!" - and the nation knew what it meant. On the eve of our grand reenactment of our 1959 celebrations, thanks to Governor Sarah Palin, once again the eyes of the nation were on Alaska.
Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Story last updated at 7/8/2009 - 11:36 am

Palin's out!

In 1959 the headlines across Alaska were simple -"We're In!" - and the nation knew what it meant. On the eve of our grand reenactment of our 1959 celebrations, thanks to Governor Sarah Palin, once again the eyes of the nation were on Alaska.

No matter if you're a fan or not, you have to admit Sarah Palin knows how to rotate the media spotlight. And in politics that can determine the game.

I was in deep thought writing a different column. One about making sure that "if" is not half of your life. "If I had done it differently," "If I had chosen a different path," etc...

My blackberry buzzed and a text read, "Did you hear Palin resigned?" Before I could start a reply my personal blackberry went off. A text from Oklahoma simply read, "What about Palin?" As I referred back to the words on my screen I thought, case in point! Sarah Palin certainly has not made "if" half of her life.

I read the news release and then watched her explanation to us Alaskans. It was confirmed. Sarah Palin, after a whirlwind of a partial term, resigned as Governor of Alaska. I have to admit I respect her decision.

Let's be honest. Since she was announced as the VP candidate, at times it seems we had a missing parent from the table. In the backdrop of all the drama, there was one constant, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, who quietly stirred the ship. The only difference now is he'll get to determine the direction.

So to our soon-to-be Governor Sean Parnell: Congratulations. As you settle into your new position, be sure to let us know if you need anything.

As I'm sure has happened across Alaska, our household was divided on the governor's latest announcement. My husband felt strongly she should have finished her term. I of course thought she acted honorably.

She has great aspirations, and why not? She was thrust upon the national stage, some say before she was ready, but regardless she grabbed hold and lunged forward never looking back.

For the record, Palin has always been gracious to the CCW. She is an admitted reader and we appreciate that. She has sat for interviews and photos, not to mention the occasional chance meeting as she gets her morning coffee. We love Piper and Trigg is so darn adorable. We'll miss you as neighbors.

Thank you for your service to our state. We hope that while you've been in Southeast Alaska you've seen the spirit and pride that we all have in the responsibility of maintaining our capital. I'm certain you've come to realize that one of the greatest anchors of Southeast Alaska's economy is our beloved capital.

We wish you well.

I've heard many of the debates over the governor's reasoning both on the local and national level. The governor quoted a saying from a magnet in her announcement about explaining oneself.

I found myself repeating another saying, after being asked for the fifth time during our parade celebrations, "Why did Palin resign?"

Relax Governor, I had this one - I turned and responded, "Because she said so." Case closed.

Laura L. Newsom is the general manager of the Capital City Weekly. She may be reached at laura.newsom@capweek.com.


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