Letter: PFD check means a great deal to many

I could not disagree more with the “PFD should not be guaranteed” editorial that published in the Juneau Empire on Sunday, Feb 9.

 

A state income tax would (also) apply to the numerous “outsiders” that work the high paying construction, tourism and fishing jobs. The income tax would allow the state to recoup some of the money that floods out of our economy every year. Even a state sales tax would be shared by the tourists and outside workers that come here yearly. You are forgetting about the Alaskan people, especially elders, that live in the villages where subsistence fishing (king salmon) has taken a hit as of late, and the prices for groceries, gas and diesel are astronomical.

The college students that are subjected to recent tuition increases also put the money to good use, and the state, in many cases, benefits from their education. A “few hundred dollars” means a great deal to people who have to live on very little. To think that the money would be better served by turning it over to a bunch of politicians, to do with what they want, is humorous.

The PFD is a bonus, and should continue to be for living in Alaska. Much like the Northern Lights, it makes it a little easier to take the winters when it comes around.

Jim Norris

Hoonah

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