In the wake
of Senator Ted Stevens' death Monday in a plane crash near Dillingham, people
from throughout the state and nation have honored and shared their memories of
him and the work he did over the course of 40-years in the U.S. Senate. But not
all of it has been positive.
Felzenberg, writing in the U.S. News and World Report online, called Stevens "...
the personification of arrogance, a bully, a walking argument for term and even
article posted Wednesday, Felzenberg, a teacher and author, who was the
spokesman for the 9/11 Commission, decried the politics of Stevens and the late
Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia as those of greed, as they steered money
from the powerful appropriation committee to their states.
also a controversial figure in fisheries policy. In the 1970s, Stevens, working
with Senator Warren Magnuson of Washington State, moved American territorial
waters out to 200 miles. Before that, foreign fishing boats could harvest
seafood within sight of U.S. shores. But in later years, when he pushed through
rationalization, and with it catch shares for fishermen and processor shares
for seafood companies, his popularity wavered in many fishing communities.
Especially among fishermen who lost their jobs through consolidation of fishing
effort, and the merchants in the towns that lost the money the fishermen
Rhonda Maker, an outspoken opponent of catch shares and rationalization policy,
called into APRN's Talk of Alaska with Steven Heimel this (Thursday) morning
during a show remembering the late senator.