Reader says state should switch pockets

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2005

I'm Swedish, so you'll have to explain what I thought I heard.

Did Sen. Ben Stevens really think that the people of the Kenai would sit quietly while the permanent fund is raided to pay for school projects?

Indeed, how can any Alaskan sit idly by while bureaucratic bandits in Juneau rob the fund? They're like buzzards circling around a carcass.

And while we're talking about fiscal needs for education, last week's article on how little the Canadian's are paying Alaska to rob it of it's minerals ought to provoke a possible solution. Why not make the Canadian mining companies pay what they really should instead of a paltry 1.3 percent on what they dig from beneath Alaska's turf?

In fact, Alaska's education needs could be met if Ben Stevens would get his hand out of our pocket and stick it in Canadian Mining CEO's!

Norm Olson, Nikiski

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