Oops - toss another one on the proverbial fire: seems all the time gleefully anticipating an issue didn't pan out, since the sponsor of the bill (Rep. John Harris, Valdez) seems to have let all the air out of his political tires and has backed off the initiative to mandate snow tires. A local reporter just put out a brief story on how this setback has made
Still, thought I'd post it along with the verbage, initial sketch + reference pic below anyways, for what it's worth - guess I wouldn't be much of
(Originally from 2/24/10) There they go again - after having resolved all of the other pressing issues facing our state, the Alaska Legislature
“It’s simple. Winter tires save lives,” Kelly Gaede, president of the Anchorage-based Johnson Tire Service, told legislators."
No, actually what's simple is what a transparent Republican sell-out this is. And gaging by the on-line revolt in the comment threads of newspapers, it's a safe guess that the bill's sponsor won't be getting invited to any Liberty Caucus meetings anytime soon. But seriously, added onto the rash of other behavior-modification laws they are attempting to pass, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a populist revolt tipping point come to pass just like this. Except here in the yee-haw frontier everyone'll be armed to the teeth, and as opposed to the iconic and historical reference image, there'll probably be authentic Native Alaskans participating.
I'm still thinking about start my own damn political party that'll sell its own brand of "Sam Adam" tires with the logo "No Tread on Me."