Letter: Alaska’s senior needs

I first saw Anchorage in 1955. My father lived at 912 Third Avenue and walked to work down Fourth Avenue every day. I love our state very much. I worked in the Anchorage School District as a teacher, assistant principal and principal for 32 years. After I retired, I was the principal at a small elementary school, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

I am currently very aware and involved in senior concerns and needs in our city and in our state. I respect our political process and I support our elected representatives at the local and state levels. I sincerely hope that with all the talk of budget cuts and our future that we not cut needed financial support for education or senior programs.

I know we can do better and be more efficient. As we look at efficiency, we need to explore how we do what we do and how we hold ourselves accountable. Our fastest growing age group happens to be our senior population. The most important factor in the positive future of the state probably is our education systems, kindergarten through college or training programs. Preschool should be a part of that discussion. The other most important factor in the future of the state is how we effectively take care of our senior population and its needs.

— Jim Bailey


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