To the editor: My wife and I have resided in Fairbanks since being stationed at Fort Wainwright in 1975. We raised our daughter here and love Alaska and Fairbanks. I am writing to add my voice to those of my fellow Alaskans demanding that the Legislature override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s ill-conceived and destructive vetoes.
The cuts to the university are nothing less than job killers. The loss of jobs that will result from the cuts will quickly gush down to small-business owners like me as there will be fewer consumers who will be able to afford to purchase our goods and services.
The loss of the Arctic research conducted at our university will be damaging not only to our community and state but also to the nation and the world. Our local youths will be forced to leave Alaska to continue their education.
The cuts to social services are cruel, heartless and immoral as they attack the safety net we provide for those less fortunate than we are.
The cuts to cultural programs like the Alaska State Council on the Arts will rob us of grants and matches that support our local arts organizations. All of these cuts will make Fairbanks a less-desirable place to live, resulting in people leaving our community and state.
We do not need a $3,000 PFD. We need a reasonable budget that provides for the health, safety and prosperity of Alaskans. The Legislature’s budget does that. The Legislature must stand up to the governor and say no to his slash-and-burn approach.
I urge all Alaskans to contact their legislators to request they vote to override. The future of Fairbanks and Alaska depend on this. Don’t allow the governor destroy this wonderful place that is Alaska.