Vast doesn't necessarily last

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, March 02, 2007

Visitors come to Alaska for its pure, authentic, untouched beauty. It's true, Alaska is a vast land, but vast doesn't necessarily last.

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If money is the issue, which it clearly always is, think of how much money we'll lose if we keep tearing up our land. I have a difficult time thinking people will come up to visit our destroyed forests. Human beings by nature turn to beauty and turn away from ugliness.

I know that the road construction on Gravina is one project, but one project is never left alone. There's always more involved. We will keep connecting by dissecting our land if we don't set some limits. The Gravina project is a great example to start setting some limits.

We as a species are asleep to everything but ourselves. Human beings were not the first species to arrive here, but will certainly be the last if we don't wake up to the wildlife before us. Alaska is one of the few places on Earth that is still pristine and undeveloped. Let's keep the beauty we have and build on that, instead of losing and going the other way.

Stephanie Patton


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