Senior citizens deserve $250 longevity bonus

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2004

Perhaps most young Alaskans don't realize what happened when Gov. Murkowski vetoed the $250 longevity bonus. Senior citizens deserve this modest stipend to pay rent, utilities, fuel bills, purchase food and medical drugs, wheelchairs, canes and numerous medical paraphernalia while still having enough money left for some modest entertainment and attend church on Sunday. They have come up short and need your help. As of this date the Republican Senate still refuses to override the veto.

You could say we are your territorial mothers and fathers who pioneered and carved out a vast frontier territorial wilderness, a society for Alaskans with just a handshake, a number two shovel, no written contracts, no locked houses or car doors, and always ready to help one's neighbors with labor and extra food and clothing. Yes, one might say we senior citizens are the inherited Alaskan parents of this present day.

The fifth commandment of God states "Honour thy father and mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the lord thy God giveth thee."

Wake up, you young Alaskans, and respond to this injustice to your parents and obey the law of God, so as to avoid its curse.

Edward E. Bass


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