Alaskans should be willing to part with some of fund

Posted: Monday, April 11, 2005

I find it a sad statement about today's society that so many people are so unwilling to give up a tiny piece of their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend for the greater good of our state.

In my opinion, the permanent fund checks we receive each year are a gift from the generous state of Alaska. We did nothing to earn this money, and we should not feel entitled to it. We should accept it with graciousness, whatever the amount, and not complain if a small fraction of it is used for state programs. No one is proposing to take your whole check,just a very small amount.

It is absurd to me that we have overcrowded classrooms in our schools, worries over the ability to continue co-curricular activities for our kids, not to mention other areas of desperate need in our state budget, and yet so many Alaska citizens refuse to give up a pittance of the "free money"they are given each year. Where are our priorities?

I challenge my fellow citizens to stop complaining, stop being so selfish and give back a little to the state that has given us all so much.

Holly Hart, Soldotna

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