October 1, 2013

The Sept. 27 front-page article “Fire me,” about the Denali Commission, missed important points that support the elimination of this unnecessary budget item. Alaska is a wealthy state by any standard. It charges its citizens no sales or income taxes, and it provides revenue checks to citizens every year from the Alaska Permanent Fund. The fund had reported reserves of $44.9 billion in fiscal 2013. Alaska is a top-10 state in federal spending per capita. Since the commission formed in 1998, Congress has sent more than $1 billion in grants through the commission.

The Alaska delegation to Congress should be asking itself if it is right that other citizens in the union should be responsible for funding the commission when Alaska can pay for such projects with its own resources.

Stuart Claggett, Springfield