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I am happy to see that a road to the world has not happened as of yet. I grew up in Alaska, and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about what it was like on Prince of Wales Island. While many people talk about modernizing, the tranquil isolation is worth way more than coin. Alaskans are who they are because of the environment in which they live, not in spite of it. I have been a school teacher in Manteca, Calif., for the past three years, and this "small town" of 50,000 is far from small or isolated. In recent years, the town has been flooded with modernism. As the farm land gives way to mass produced stucco homes, the identity of the town becomes lost, squeezed between two freeways.
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Of course, this will never happen to Juneau, or any other town in Southeast Alaska. It is impossible to have two freeways running parallel to the city limits, but Alaska is far more fragile, and much more is at stake than simple corn fields and almond trees.
Klawock High School class of 1999