Since Covid, numerous schools across Alaska have been permanently shuttered due to a lack of students. Some of those missing kids may be gone because their parents have chosen to homeschool them, but it might also be that there just aren’t as many children around.

Low birth rates in Alaska and across the nation – due to abortions (mostly by chemical drugs) and infertility – are becoming a problem, and not just for schools. Where there are empty classroom seats today, there will be empty colleges and a shortage of workers tomorrow.

Every day I read stories about various districts, states and countries that are closing down schools amid low birth rates, but it doesn’t seem that people real how bad this will be 20 years from now. 

South Korea has done the math, and the government is taking drastic steps to bring heterosexual couples together to have babies. Initiatives include government dating apps and suggesting that girls go to school at younger ages than boys to inspire attraction. Though very controversial, it’s an act of desperation to save their culture.

In conversations with young women about why they’re not having kids, most say finances worry them the most – they simply cannot afford it.

But a major concern for us all is the coming day when there’s not enough people around to construct homes or build cars, run electric plants, grow crops or help people in hospitals. Additionally, children are traditionally the ones who care for us as we age.

It’s just simple logic. Empty schools today equal fewer workers and helpers tomorrow.

Today’s young people need to put the video games down, walk away from porno, stop isolating themselves from society, and start eagerly trying to find a committed spouse and start a family.

When my husband and I met and had our daughter, we were dead broke, but we adapted, using cloth diapers and buying used clothes while I nursed our baby. She was the $30 baby. There are so many ways to save money and still have a child.

We can’t afford to not replace our population, because in doing so we shut down life as we know it.

It may sound romantic to surrender the planet back to its “natural state,” without infrastructure, culture, technology … or many people. But outside the weekend hunting or camping trip, I’m not sure many people would enjoy living in this type of world.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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OPINION: We can’t afford to not have babies

Pamela Samash
Pamela Samash is a longtime Fairbanks area resident. She recently served on the Alaska Commission on Aging, and is past-president of Right To Life – Interior Alaska.


  • Paul Hart says:

    As the planet gets hotter, expect the “childless” trend to continue, if not intensify. After all, many people are pondering what sort of world their grandkids and great-grandkids are going to inherit, and they don’t see it as being very pleasant. In my lifetime alone, the human population has gone from three billion to EIGHT billion, an increase that should give pause to any reasonable person. And for decades now we have been warned about the impact human industrial activity is having on the ecosystem. Of course the naysayers have pushed back, saying, “What about the power grid? What about economic growth? What about our PROSPERITY?” And of course, in the name of “prosperity” we have continued kicking the environmental can down the road. And NOW, with melting permafrost, worsening storms, and intesifying heatwaves, people are sensing at an almost subliminal level that something is amiss. So don’t be surprised if a growing number of people think that slowing population growth makes sense,

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Paul , Do you drive a car or fly on planes, do you cook with natural gas.
      If so, you should stop doing these things and stop buying groceries at the store too.
      Because we all need these things. So crawl back into your cave and start your fire with two stones.
      God created this earth. He and only God will tell us if the plant is dying.

      • Paul Hart says:

        I do my best to keep my carbon footprint as small as possible, but I’m just one person. Mitigating climate change is something that has to be done at a global level, and it will require some degree of sacrifice. Either we make these choices voluntarily …. or the choices will be forced on us. If your personal comfort, convenience, and prosperity are all that matter to you, don’t pretend you care about the world your grandkids and great-grandkids inherit.

  • John J Otness says:

    The goal of the satanic is to eliminate the white christian.

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      I’d say that the goal is to eliminate anyone who will not comply and train the children the way that the evil wants them to be.

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