State rethinks disaster call for Emmonak

Jan 16, 2009 Full story: Anchorage Daily News

LETTER: Teleconference on tap; other villages are being checked. Published: January 15th, 2009 11:43 PM Last Modified: January 15th, 2009 11:43 PM A heartsick letter describing cash-strapped families choosing ...

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#1 Jan 17, 2009
Look, we all have problems in today's economic climate. As an Alaskan and knowing that each of the six families in this "heartsick" plea should have received $19,614 in Permanent Fund Dividends and energy assistance bonuses only two or three months ago, this has all earmarks of a scam. Eating only moose meat for dinner? The kids are getting free lunches at school. Maybe free breakfasts. Can't get a can of milk for the baby? Flights are in and out of Emmonak regularly. You're less than 500 miles from Anchorage. Can't afford milk? Where did the $19,000 go? Don't like what it costs? Well, none of us like what things cost these days - but the State gave each family over $19,000 two or three months ago (three months with direct deposit - two months by a check in the mail and the Fed qualified the single father of five for a $2,100 Economic Stimulus check in June, and the other family of six with a mother, father and two children for a $2,400 Economic Stimulus check in June. Your medical care is totally free to you. What other State, Federal, and/or Native Corporation benefits are you receiving? How long do you want others to support you?

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