Just a brief story hadn't seen here yet:
Wasilla is the "meth capital of Alaska" according to an article (undated, appears to be from 2005) in the Juneau Empire.
Highlights of the story from the town that is proud of their former mayor:
In 2003, authorities uncovered nine meth labs in the area. Last year, the number increased to 42, said Kyle Young, an investigator with the troopers who works with the Mat-Su narcotics team.
42 meth labs for a population of 9000? Clearly, the manufactured crank was a key source of revenue for this town. Wonder if Mayor Palin was for or against taxing crystal meth?
But, of course, Wasilla is a great town of family values, surely they are smart enough to protect their children from the horrors of this criminal activity, and surely Mayor Palin, in her ongoing, lifelong dedication to protecting the delicate sensibilities of our youngest citizens, would prevent any such horror from happening?
The calls about meth to children's services in Wasilla accounts for as many as 40 percent of the agency's total monthly child protection calls.
Or, as one young Wasillian put it:
"My parents grow marijuana and crystal the(y) did the drugs that they bought in front of (my sisters)," the letter begins. "They spent most money on them instead of food or doing laundry. I got left home with nobody there I got left home with drug(g)ies..."
Excellent work, mayor!
P.S. I'll buy cookies for anyone who comes up with legislation or proposals written, supported, or enacted by Mayor Palin regarding drug enforcement regulations, attempts to educate Wasilla's youth on the dangers of crystal meth, or other awareness programs. You know -- the kind of thing a Mayor SHOULD do, even though it's usually the Community Organizers who do the work.