Word of mouth

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2000

The plan to distribute $25,000 to each and every Alaskan from the permanent fund and use the balance for state operations is probably the best plan that has come out of the Legislature.

A comment about the snow removal: It's one thing to plow the parking lot at 4 a.m., but to do the parking lot at the hospital at 4 a.m. when patients are sleeping is rude. There has been a guy there since 4 a.m.; it's now 5:45 a.m., and I can't believe the hospitalboard thinks its OK.

I think that $25,000 payoff idea is wonderful. Once I get my $25K can I move out of Alaska and do what I want to do with it?

This is in response to the person who said a month ago that in the ``Dancing to Heaven'' program it was inappropriate for girls to wear the purple leotards and do the genie in a bottle song. If that is inappropriate, what about the drill team?

The school board should be ashamed of themselves. Their refusal to hold a public discussion regarding the charter school proposal was disrespectful to the many parents and individuals in both groups who put in so many months of hard work.

I would like to know when stopping at red lights became optional. Tonight I counted six cars going through the red light at the Douglas bridge. I'm not willing to get killed because someone wants to get home a few minutes earlier. The police should crack down on this problem.

I have a solution to the state budget. Rather than ending the permanent fund or cutting education or other services, why not use the technology we have to have the legislators telecommute through video conferencing or teleconferencing rather than moving them each season to Juneau and pay that high per-diem rate.

If this Douglas land swap proposal goes through we're looking at 670 potential new condominiums or townhouses above Douglas. Just think of the traffic on the bridge, the drainage problems and all the other problems that go with that development. Please come to the Douglas Advisory Board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas Library.

A bill before U.S. Congress would restrict all Christian broadcasting to educational only - educational to be defined and enforced but he FCC. Federal government dabbling with religion would be laughable except it is a page of prophecy that was told 2,000 years ago. Believers and nonbelievers alike should call their congressmen to express their outrage. Locally, the number is 586-7400.

If the idea about the permanent fund amount of $25,000 went into effect, there would be a large number of low-income senior citizens trying to find affordable housing. With all the additional expenses that would create for them, $25K wouldn't last long. Not a good idea. Keep your hands and ideas off the permanent fund.

I read Tuesday's headline regarding the proposal to give every person $25,000 and liquidating the permanent fund. He's calling it the Mackie plan. I feel it should be called the Wacky plan. Or the Wacky Mackie plan.

Love the Mackie plan. Let individuals put their money into retirement and investment. But the problem is, what would it give the Legislature to argue about each year?

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