Sometimes there's a letter to the editor that perfectly captures what's going on. I admit I wasn't there and didn't see the exchange. But Rep. Stoltz is the same guy who held up funding for school lunches because, well, it's hard to know why.
I really don't have a clue about what makes Rep. Stoltz do what he does. I have to be careful not to generalize. I did watch him once at a Legislative Council meeting (see item 12) take up ten minutes to say, basically, I know nothing about Facebook and I'm opposed to letting legislative computers access it. Ten minutes to talk against something he said he knew nothing about!
My guess is that he likes being someone important. Likes seeing his name in the paper. Likes being able to wield power over others.
I can't remember the last time I posted a letter to the editor, but here's one that deserves to be read widely:
Lisa Demer provided excellent coverage of Tuesday’s House Finance Committee hearing on SB 49, a bill to limit state funded abortions. However, Demer omitted the final remarks made by Rep. Bill Stoltze when he flogged Rep. Les Gara one last time for the manner in which Gara framed his questions. Co-chair Stoltze suggested Gara watch the game show “Jeopardy” for guidance in forming questions.
How would that sound? Gara: “For a hundred points, Commissioner Streur, can you tell me (through our game show host, Stoltze) how many times the state of Alaska intends to run afoul of the Alaska courts in attempts to limit abortion? For 200 additional points, what will the litigation cost the state?”
Stoltze marginalized the female representatives of his own party when they asked thoughtful questions. Perhaps he should take his own advice. “For 300 points, Commissioner Streur, can you tell me how many times Rep. Holmes has to ask the same question (about the need to redefine medical necessity) before you answer her?”
Let’s put the buzzer away and have a conversation.
— Vicki Turner Malone
Thanks Vicki. And Rep. Stolze, I'd love to sit down with you one day and have you explain to me your idea of the role of government in modern society and how you further that notion.
I can't help wondering whether Stoltze really reflects the thinking of people in Chugiak or are they mostly just unaware of what he says and does and they're turned off of politics altogether? BTW, he now has a Facebook page.
His website lists his record of service.
Notice, it's just a list of positions. There's nothing about what he actually accomplished in any of those positions. Service implies you make the world a better place by doing what you do. I'd like Stoltze to convince me that it's true in his case. What little I've actually seen or heard about suggests otherwise.
- Lifelong Alaskan
- Co-Chair, Finance Committee: 2008 – present
- Vice-Chair, Finance Committee: 2005 – 2008
- Member, Finance Committee: 2003 – present
- Member, Legislative Council Joint Committee: 2005 – present
- Vice-President, Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks, Baseball Boosters
- Board Member, Special Olympics
- Charter Member, Chugiak Lions Club
- Life Member, Chugiak Senior Center, Inc.