To the editor: I, like so many other concerned Fairbanksans, have been attending meetings, holding signs on street corners and writing legislators in recent weeks about the drastic cuts to important programs. I’m hopeful there is still time for funds to be restored.
I have been most concerned about the cuts to the Alaska Performance Scholarship program for high school students. It is so unfair to yank these funds from bright, motivated, hardworking young people just weeks before the fall semester.
I spent several hours Wednesday crafting a Community Perspective piece about this topic. This morning I opened my News-Miner to find a much more articulate editorial, so I’m glad to scrap my inferior piece. However, there is one point I’d like to direct mainly to those Alaska scholars who are discouraged, angry and rightly feeling betrayed by this cruel cut: Register to vote. Stop by the state of Alaska building on Seventh Avenue and pick up a voter registration form. It will only take a few minutes to fill out.
Then obtain a list of legislators who backed this cut and contact them. Start with Rep. Tammie Wilson, of North Pole, and Rep. Dave Talerico, of Healy.
1. You are a new registered voter.
2. You are social media savvy and know how to network other teens.
3. You will remember their names and will be voting in the next election.
I’m counting on hundreds of new angry, motivated young voters to have a significant impact on future elections.