To the editor: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. The wisdom of this adage seems entirely lost on Gov. Mike Dunleavey in his quest to dole out Alaska Permanent Fund dividends in lieu of helping the people of Alaska to help themselves.
His budget proposal that advocates Draconian cuts to K-12 education and the University of Alaska is not merely shortsighted but also represents an unconscionable dereliction of duty as our executive administrator of public affairs.
As the governor will surely agree, our children are our most important natural (!) resource. These youths face a range of challenges of the morrow, but opinion and preference will not save the day — real knowledge of the affairs of the world will be required.
We need an educated citizenry to sustain our democracy. The governor’s budget proposal regarding public education in Alaska is akin to stealing a carpenter’s tool belt. One might wonder: What would Jesus do?