Alaska in decline

To the editor: I have heard it said that if the vetoes are not overturned that we will soon not be able to recognize the Alaska we love. 

It will, however, be recognizable to those who saw the Russian Far East after the fall of the Soviet Union. 

The infrastructure was left to crumble. Teachers, police, firefighters, health care workers and other public servants were paid little or nothing. 

The elderly, the children and the poor were left without adequate food, clothing or heat for their homes. 

While this was happening, the regional leaders diverted funds and resources for their own benefit and that of their rich friends from outside.

This can happen when greedy people disregard the common good for their temporary gain. 

Don’t let it happen here, making Alaska into “New Siberia.” 

Override the budget vetoes, end the excessive oil tax credits.

 

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