"The residents in the Valdez area feel they have been totally disenfranchised, and rightfully so. Such petitions should originate with maximum local involvement. The LBC and agency have made a wrong move here and we must correct the course a bit," Therriault said.
"The Alaska Constitution states, 'All government is to originate with the people and is founded upon their will only.' I interpret that to include borough governments. The role of the Local Boundary Commission is to review proposed changes, not to create boroughs. If we are to have a government by the people, those proposed changes should emanate from the local level up, not from the top of the government pyramid down," Therriault said.