Sunday, 19 April 2009
Cutting wood in rural Alaska
There are some truly "charming" representatives in Alaska. In a news item about the end of the legislative session, the following statement was mentioned:
Fairbanks Republican Rep. Mike Kelly objected to appropriating state energy assistance money and suggested people in rural Alaska should cut wood rather than rely on the proposed state aid.
He said there are other programs for people who are needy and "not for any layabouts."
Somebody posted this comment:
"...I don't see why the natives can't cut down their trees and burn them for heat. They did this in the past, why can't they do this now. ..."
He received this reply:
"Well, if you want it to be like it was in the past, then you and every other 'non-native' should move back to where you came from."
I second that.
Is there any hope of native culture and way of life being respected in Alaska? It seems that urban populations consist of large numbers of hostile outsiders, including an Idaho born governor.
One doesn't have to be born in Alaska to feel like an Alaskan, but it would help a great deal to be a bit more educated about Native Alaskan ways, their history and heritage before making stupid statements and offering idiotic advice.
People who can't respect their hosts shouldn't show up uninvited...
Article from Miami Herald
Excellent post on the subject, Immoral Minority