By Tyler Mecham
January 07, 2011
We can't let our fear of misfortune hold us back from continuing to move forward. We need our abundant natural resources to generate jobs, and keep our economy running particularly at this critical time in our country's current financial collapse. I can't recall having heard of anyone grumble when permanent fund dividends were being handed out. Yet there are those who would argue that the oil drilling and harvesting of other resources are bad. I wonder if they know where the money that pays for the ferry system, police and fire departments, PFD, and any other state run program comes from.
It is unrealistic to assume that we as a state can still cover our costs without the income from our natural resources. We need to take back the right to regulate our own resources to prevent either an economic meltdown or a massive debt. If anyone thinks that we can preserve our economy without the sale of natural resources then I invite them to tell the rest of us exactly how.
About: "Junior at Ketchikan High School"
Received January 07, 2010 - Published January 07, 2011
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