D.C. writer doesn't understand Alaska

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I take issue with Friday's letter to the editor from Michael A. McIntosh Sr. in which he states Alaska has a double standard on taxing. McIntosh is from Washington, D.C. It's obvious he has never lived in Alaska and has never had to pay the extreme prices for food and clothing that we do.

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Comparing Seattle's proposed broad container tax to a luxury cruise ship tax is like comparing apples to oranges. They are not even remotely the same thing. People in Alaska struggle to raise children and keep them fed and clothed with the exorbitantly high prices we already pay for common household goods. These prices aren't even close to the prices he pays in Washington, D.C.

I could only dream of ever having enough money left over to take a cruise ship somewhere. Apparently, McIntosh can.

Kaitee Fleck


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