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Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Slowly but surely, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce is increasing its political profile.

In contrast to last fall, when the chamber took no official position on the cruise ship passenger head tax, a new tourism committee is being formed to counter Cruise Control and others who seek a limit on the industry.

In the recent chamber newsletter, Executive Director George Davidson criticizes a possible voter initiative to close the port one day a week in the summer. ``Talk about how to `kill the golden goose' and many local businesses all at the same time, this would surely do it.''

His solicitation for the tourism committee asks: ``Do you really want all these decisions to be made in public forums without any input from the business community?''

Meanwhile, the chamber, which also has formed a transportation committee, is taking issue with the Knowles administration on its choice of fast ferries to provide access to Juneau. Davidson called the road the only option for ``everyone that thinks clearly, rationally and non-politically.''

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