So further to my comments about some of Swell Sarah’s neighbors lacking indoor plumbing and electricity, AKMuckraker posted this article today, with some very telling photos and a story from someone who was in the Alaska bush, of the things the residents there deal with as part of their everyday lives. Who speaks for these people? We have this idea that “those in charge” are working for the welfare of their constituents. And when they don’t, what’s the average person to do? If nothing else, maybe one good thing will come out of Caribou Barbie’s run for the White House: it’s put our countrymen in Alaska into the forefront of the national consciousness. It’s a world apart from Sarah and Todd’s 17 snowmobiles, plane, and fancy house (which they look so gosh-darn good in, dontcha know). I realize people in other parts of the country are also in dire straits, but Alaska does seem to be particularly forgotten. Most of us in the lower 48 have never even been to that area. Perhaps something good will come of this, after all.