In a time when emotions are high, the present is uncertain and the future of Alaska is being discussed on a wide scale for the first time in a long time, we must ask ourselves: what does freedom mean in Alaska?
Those in favor of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget recognize freedom as the voice of the voters who elected him on his platform. Those against the budget recognize freedom as the insurance of the right to education, health and welfare. I believe it’s important to emphasize that freedom is our ability to come forward and have this discussion in the first place.
Hannah Arendt once wrote that freedom “lies in everyday life experiences from both which ethics and science take their respective points of departure.” The conversations we are having on either side is our expression of freedom in pursuit of a better life for all.
The reason I want to share this is for those who have told me they are apathetic to politics. Unfortunately, it is misguided to think that simply not caring about the political system absolves you from its implications. Politics is freedom.
With that in mind, I ask those who are reading this who have not been caring about the budget issue, to look into it, help with finding a solution and advocate for that solution as much as possible, because those that don’t will lose out on a chance to truly be free.
• My Turns and Letters to the Editor represent the view of the author, not the view of the Juneau Empire.