Gov. Sean Parnell has thus far declined state Sen. Bill Wielechowski's challenge to a debate over oil taxes in Alaska. He should reconsider for three good reasons.
• First, oil taxes remain the most important issue before the Legislature and the people of Alaska. Whatever lawmakers vote to do and the governor signs into law will have a long reach into Alaska's future and may even define Alaska's future. While the governor remains adamant about the need to overhaul ACES and cut the companies' tax bill, he has rethought and revised his proposals. He should be willing and able to make his case against hard questions.