Of apples and oranges
Re Dana Kelley’s column “Much ado …” in the Democrat-Gazette last Friday: What a specious argument Mr. Kelley makes as he maligns Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s takedown of newly appointed secretary of education Betsy DeVos by comparing the high cost of education in Alaska (Murkowski’s state) to its nearest neighbor, Washington state.
Consider the high cost of delivering an education to every child in the Alaskan territory. There are many isolated communities with no interconnecting roads that require extraordinary school construction to accommodate Alaska’s extreme weather conditions. The cost of living for food, shelter and supplies frequently depends on airplane deliveries. Let’s not forget that one needs to factor in what financial incentives it would take to attract a professionally prepared work force to teach in conditions that many would find less than stellar. Of course educational costs run much higher in Alaska than in the lower 48 states! Please, Mr. Kelley, get your apples and oranges in the appropriate crates.
DONNA CASPARIAN Hot Springs