On roads and smoking

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, January 22, 2004

I have a couple of stories I thought you might like to print in answer to a lot of stories that have been in the paper in regards to the road out of Juneau, and smoking or not smoking.

First the road

On Feb. 11, 1942, President Roosevelt authorized construction of the Alaskan Highway, then called the Alcan Highway. It was to provide an overland supply route to U.S. air and navel bases in Alaska, which were threatened by the Japanese military offensive. Construction began on March 2, 1942, and took more than 10,000 American troops and 6,000 civilians with their equipment eight months and 12 days to complete the 1,520-mile Alcan Highway from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, through the Yukon Territory to Delta Junction, and then the Richardson Highway to Fairbanks. The completion date was Nov. 20, 1942, and the cost was $138 million.

So I do believe we could build a road out - 82 miles.

Next, smoking.

My father was born in 1887 and later in life he started to smoke; he died in 1971 from smoking. He lived on a little farm in Wisconsin and used to walk to town with his dog pulling the sled to get groceries in the evenings, the snow piled high on the sides of the road. One evening as they were going into to get groceries he stopped to light a cigarette and a car came around the corner, running over him and his dog.

I guess smoking is deadly. One should at least consider where one lights up.

Eugene Lawrence


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