To the editor: I have been a registered nurse in Alaska since 1972, working in Southeast, Kotzebue, Anchorage and, finally, in Fairbanks and the Interior. Article VII of Alaska’s Constitution states that the “Legislature shall provide for the promotion and protection of public health,” the “Legislature shall provide for public welfare” and that the Legislature shall establish and maintain a system of public schools.
The governor’s vetoes are so severe that public health and public welfare and our educational systems will be irrevocably harmed. I hope the legislators remember the oath that they took to uphold the Constitution of the state of Alaska and override the governor’s vetoes.
If the governor thinks that a $3,000 dividend is the most important thing in our state, then it may be time to give people their permanent fund and establish an income tax and a sales tax to ensure services important to the future of our state and its residents. Personally, I don’t care if I ever get another permanent fund. It has corrupted the independence that I once loved about Alaska.