This editorial originally appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Freeze-up turned a fuel barge away from Nome late last month, nicely underlining points made by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell in a presentation to Congress just days later.
The United States has no functioning heavy icebreaking ship today, and only one medium-duty icebreaker serves waters around Alaska. This is a strange circumstance, viewed from the perspective of the state with the most coastline and greatest extent of ice.