We have a responsibility and accountability toward our Alaska senior citizens. They gave so much of themselves in terms of their experiences as teachers, nurses, fishermen, cannery workers, loggers, trappers, gold miners and farmers. They helped develop the young state.
I can recall growing up between two territories, Alaska and Hawaii. I came across certain teachers who came to Alaska to make a life for themselves. I can recall certain teachers that I had in my classes. They made such an impression in my life and my education. I have respect for them as they have made such a positive impact in my world. To this day, they are honored and are remembered because they were there for me and my fellow classmates.
Now it is time to give something back to our seniors who need us. I strongly support a tax break for our seniors who are still living in Alaska. We owe it to them. We need to take good care of them as they nurtured us while we were growing up.
We need to take care our elders to be sure that they are safe and well cared for as they did for us while we were developing our skills for our future.