State must provide care for orphans

Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2007

On "Gavel to Gavel," I watched Rep. Les Gara and the other House Finance Committee members discuss the need for increased funding for the Office of Children's Services and foster care services in the state budget.

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Gara's professional and articulate presentation was loaded with facts and figures proving that more funding was necessary to provide adequate services for Alaska's orphans.

Then came the vote on Gara's item. All the Republicans voted no; all the Democrats voted yes. I'll bet Gara expected this outcome, as I did. But what's impressive is that he worked on the issue anyway, because it was the right thing to do.

Many citizens in District 14 understand that children depend on society as well as their parents for their well-being. We know society must provide professional care and services for Alaska's orphans. And we know that adequate, effective services aren't free.

Wasilla will be getting a new representative soon. Let's hope that person is a lot more like Gara than our last one.

Barbara McDaniel


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