Alaska is an incredibly beautiful and valuable state, and we have abundant natural resources. The Permanent Fund was created to save money made from these Alaska resources, and to return the benefits to Alaska’s people.
I believe we should use the Permanent Fund to further education and the possibilities that go along with it. There should be better and more education opportunities for villages not as easily accessed. As a student, I can say education is essential to a flourishing state and the people in it. Excellent education can also help combat crime and poverty, as it offers more job possibilities and future ambition.
The Permanent Fund dividend has also been a controversial topic. I believe the dividend is a gift from the government, and salary also dictates its individual importance. The dividend was a gift, it is not our right to receive it, and we should be grateful for it thus far.
— Anika Beighle
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