RE: Foster Care in Alaska
By Cherry Ferry
May 19, 2009
Way to go, Mr. Jackson! I applaud you for putting the harsh reality
of "Greed" out there. It's very sad times we live in,
even though as Americans - we are spoiled and have many opportunities.
But, the fact remains - it is very hard for those of us who haven't
had the luxury of a somewhat decent childhood to make a better
life for ourselves. And, the people who never have experienced
such don't get it. You have to live it to really understand it.
Compassion and genuine caring out of the kindness of the heart
is becoming a lost act in today's society. It does have a lot
to do with money.
Being selfish, greedy and boasting about it, in my opinion ranks
right up there with "Evil" and it makes me sick. As,
I know quite a few people in this town that consider themselves
"The Elite". Ask them, what charity or person have
they helped recently. They wouldn't have an answer because it's
all about them and how much money they make and how big their
houses are, what kind of car they drive and where they're going
on their next vacation. At least, they can't take it with them
when their time is up or a tragedy happens that money can't help.
The ones at fault are the government, who are in control of our
lives and the programs that are supposed to help the less fortunate.
The "Greed" begins there and then it's the trickle
down effect to some of the people that you would never think
would be motivated by the almighty dollar.
The people whose job is to,
first of all - thoroughly check out the foster families, oversee
and audit where the funds are being spent are the ones who are
slacking and greedy themselves.
I am in no way putting all
of these people in the same category. Because there are the few
that do their jobs well and truly care, but unfortunately they
are a minority. The whole judicial system is a mockery - it's
"who you know or how much you got".
I think it's absurd that you had to pay the court fees, which
is run by the State and the enrollment fees for college. Those
expenses should have come from what the State pays.
Another program I see as another form of "Greed" which
is not used properly, is the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend.
How fortunate for us Alaskan residents to get this money every
year and not have to do anything to receive it. I think that
it should be mandatory that the PFD or at least 1/2 should go
into a trust for all minors, until they become legal age. Then,
this would allow some of the children that are born into dysfunctional
homes, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, physical, sexual and
mental abuse to have a chance to make a better life for themselves.
I do understand that families need additional money and help,
but - hey - there's no other state that receives this benefit
and those families manage somehow.
I know of a family that consist of 2 adults, 5 children and the
father used ALL of their PFD's to buy a new, top of the line
snowmobile. Then, had the nerve to steal oil from his in-laws
for heat in the winter. What is wrong with this picture?? That's
just one scenario, just like yours!
It's an outrage that the money that's given to help our youth,
is not being managed properly and that it is not being accounted
I hope that you will continue enlightening people to the cold
hard facts and just maybe, your voice will be the one heard and
make a difference in the lives of many unfortunate young people
in similar situations as you.
Matt, you obviously are a very kind hearted, hard working young
man and a role model for so many "lost young souls".
I always keep the young ones
in prayer and hope that you remain on the right path, speak from
the heart and follow your dreams.
LEARN - GROW - EXPAND - LOVE - CREATE - ENJOY, SEE THE BEAUTY
IN ALL THINGS, INCLUDING OURSELVES!!
Received May 17, 2008 - Published
May 19, 2009
Care in Alaska By Matt Jackson
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