To the editor: Today I read (News-Miner, Sept. 9) about the devastating budget cuts to local Fairbanks organizations that assist community members in need. Those agencies — Rescue Mission, The Door, and Salvation Army — help the most vulnerable in our community. Gov. Mike Dunleavy feels we cannot continue to assist residents but can easily afford to award a half-million grant to his largest donor’s grandson’s company as well as to seek another supplier of the same services. The grandson’s company is only months old and was awarded this contract without seeking other suppliers and going through the usual bids process. Apparently high-end donors can circumvent the usual legal processes.
The $8,000 a month this grandson receives amounts to $96,000 a year: more than the year’s funding cut to the Rescue Mission, more than twice that cut from The Door, and three times what was cut from the Salvation Army. In order to compensate this loss, the director of The Door voluntarily cut her salary by 50% to maintain mandatory services for the homeless youth served. Have I heard that Donna Arduin, her husband, or Gov. Dunleavy have voluntarily cut their salaries to assist with the budget tightening? Not at all.
I hope that even the staunchest Republican supporters will reach the point of saying, “This is not acceptable. We must provide for our Alaska neighbors.”
Continue to support the recall process of the governor and vote out all those legislators who kowtow to him.