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Voracious appetite for development is too costly in many ways

Posted: December 21, 2011 - 1:01am

You take the high road and I’ll take the low road and I’ll be in Skaway before ye!

Well, good people while you are humming that old Scottish tune I read in Sunday’s Empire that the DOT folks, present and past, are obviously totally obsessed with an improbable and impractical roadway north out of Dodge!

It seems Governor Parnell has also climbed aboard and with the help of DOT Director Yost are moving forward on what both must feel is a critical Southeast infrastructure project?

Yost even suggests that past sea lion haul outs and eagle nesting tree locations along the way will no longer be an EIS consideration? Now that’s truly extraordinarily sad!

But it surely must be asked — what then has changed since three or so years ago when a federal district court judge ruled against this DOT road project ?

Has our familiar maritime highway along Lynn Canal somehow become shallower or dried up?

Have the myriad of slide and avalanche paths along the way somehow ceased to be?

Is there perhaps thought now of blasting great tunnels through mountains of precipitous cliff-face to reach a long ways short of Skagway?

Have those numerous wetlands, creeks, rivers and spawning wild salmon runs that makeup this wild country suddenly vanished, as well?`

Well no, I think not — but I do think I know what the answers may be.

It’s the developers insatiable itch to develop what isn’t already developed.

It’s the sad addiction to conquer the land and to somehow become very rich doing it.

It’s a desire to continuously feed that which should be forever wild to a ferocious and incredibly pricey and greedy economy.

Also, I do fear that state government itself manifests far more than a few of these questionable traits, traits which along with a willing private and corporate sector are duly encouraged by various members of top management and a quite willing political scene.

Alan R. Munro

Juneau

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