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Disrespect for seniors

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

I r

ead with some disappointment the Juneau Empire article on May 23 describing Gov. Murkowski's plan to eliminate the Longevity Bonus as a cost-saving measure. My 70-plus-year-old mother is extremely frustrated that Pioneers like her that built Alaska through the Depression, several wars and statehood are being so cavalierly dismissed. For her, that bonus was very hard-earned and well-deserved. While it's not a lot of money individually, it is nevertheless extremely important to her as a measure of confirmation that her lifetime of sacrifices has been worthwhile to the state of Alaska. The disrespect shown by the governor's actions seem reminiscent to me of the disrespect shown by the president when he cut veterans' benefits while simultaneously sending troops (other people's children, of course) off to die for our country. Until the governor did this, I hadn't realized he and the president were born with silver spoons in their mouths.

Dale H. Hirt Jr.

Shoreline, Wash.



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