Is it so hard to follow the law?
In a year with high oil revenues and an $80 billion plus Alaska Permanent Fund:
The Alaska legislature and governor are ignoring the PFD law and cutting your lawful dividends — at a time when Alaskans need the money the most. At a time when we should put “Alaskans First.”
The Alaska legislature is ignoring the Alaska Constitution that requires putting excess revenues into the state savings account. Current levels of state government spending are unsustainable and we will need the savings when oil prices dip, which they will.
Instead, the Alaska legislature is adding over $2 billion in spending to the current and next years’ budgets. At the same time, requiring an $800 million tax increase in future years in order to give Alaskans a “partial” small dividend.
The state budget has the same structural deficit that we had when Gov. Dunleavy came into office. No progress has been made. And, your lawful dividend has not been paid.
When you elect me, Charlie Pierce, as your governor, I will veto spending that takes money from the pockets of Alaskans.
Legislators, lobbyists and politicians first? No!
“Alaskans First” in a Pierce administration.
Charlie Pierce, candidate for Governor
Have we learned nothing?
How many of you received your mail-in ballots for the primary election last week? How many received an extra one? My wife and I did. We each got our ballot, plus we received one for a former resident at our home address. Of course, we won’t forward the ballot to the person who now lives out of state, but it makes us question how many other spurious ballots are out there and what will happen to them all? Will someone choose to fill them out illegally, and if so, how secure is this election?
Coincidentally, the movie “2000 Mules” came out last weekend, and it documents just how fraudulent ballots like these can be used to change the results of an election. If you accept the evidence presented in this movie, the result of the 2020 presidential election was changed by falsely submitted mail-in ballots. What makes us think that we are immune to the same sort of shenanigans here in Alaska? An all-mail-in election is a joke, and we are fools if we trust it.
One million people died with, not of, COVID. Big difference.
Donate for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
Saturday, May 14, marks the 30th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In the 30 years since it began, the food drive has collected about 1.82 billion pounds of food for struggling residents.
Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from our customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to help those in need. Donations from our area will go to the Homer Community Food Pantry and the Anchor Point Food Pantry.
Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.
There are two ways you can participate in this year’s Food Drive:
• Leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 14th and your letter carrier will pick it up.
• Drop your food donation off anytime during the week of May 9-14thin the lobby at either the Homer or Anchor Point Post Office.
Chad Champagne, Homer Postmaster; Rindye Phillips, Anchor Point Postmaster