Government has no duty to offer checks

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2004

I would like to express my gratitude to Governor Murkowski and his administration for trying to create some fiscal sanity in a very difficult and hostile environment, especially in Juneau.

A few people agree that our government, state or federal agencies should provide for our needs for schools, roads, police and fire protection and all the people that have real needs. I don't believe that it is the government's duty to send big checks to every person that resides in Alaska for one year or for a lifetime. To have $27 billion in the state coffers and not be able to pay our bills seems unbelievable.

A lot of the public criticism is vitriolic and personal. It would be great if we could disagree on these issues and not be so disagreeable and insulting. I am familiar with Governor and Mrs. Murkowski's families in Ketchikan in the 1930s and 40s, and they provided much help for some of our friends who were destitute in those times. This family has accomplished much for our state. I wish them well and respect them a great deal for having the courage to try and solve a very unpopular but responsible fiscal course. I thank them for taking on this difficult task.

Joseph D. Riederer

Juneau



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