By now we know Sarah Palin's worldly because of Alaska's proximity to Russia. "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska -- from an island in Alaska," she said to Charlie Gibson. "We have trade missions back and forth. We, we do, it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska," she said to Katie Couric.
Well, the other night I saw some of those 'trade missions' on television. It's garbage, thrown right into the waters of the Bering Strait by the hundred or so inhabitants of Diomede Island. That's the island from which you can see Russia a few miles away (no, not the Kremlin, but a huge, desolate spanse of Siberia about the size of Texas). These Alaska residents don't care about their garbage disposal methods because they believe the garbage ends up in Russia anyway.
The cluster of houses in Diomede Island is accessible only by air. There are no roads and no garbage incinerator. They've apparently requested one, but none of the $223 million earmark (remember the bridge to nowhere?) got to them. Governor Palin did use some of that money to build a road to nowhere, not sure what she did with the rest.
Sarah Palin has never been to Diomede Island, according to the Mayor. Some of the residents have never even heard of of her. They'd like to see her someday.
Perhaps Sarah Palin ought to focus on her state and her constituent's a little while longer. She has much to learn about them, not to mention the rest of the world. Hopefully she'd learn to appreciate Alaska's natural resources, and then show some leadership about environmental conservation, starting with proper garbage disposal. It shouldn't take her that long to reach her constituents. Alaska's population is about 650 thousand. Then she needs to travel abroad (I heard she finally got a passport last year). She should get curious about the rest of the planet before she can lead the most powerful nation in the free world.
Oh, and Sarah should try to find out where that garbage does end up. By the way, this is no joke.