The Bethel City Council’s recent vote to place an excise tax on tobacco products continues to fuel debate on Talk Line. Several callers, including Buck Buckowski of Bethel, are concerned about the unintended consequences of hiking the price by about two dollars a pack. Buckowski is especially concerned about the potential for an underage black market for cigarettes. “They could charge one buck a cigarette. Kids will double their money.” Even Bethel elder Liz Howard thought the tax was too much, “The City is picking on the cigarette people all the time.”
Up in Aniak, Mona is concerned about loose dogs in her Kuskokwim village. “I was attacked walking home,” says Mona. Last night she says her mother’s small dog died as a result of an attack from a larger dog.