It is the beginning of a new era for Gravina Island, now that the Gravina Highway construction project has started.
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Hello logging and clear-cutting. Hello development and road. Hello money, hello access to former Gov. Frank Murkowski's property.
Goodbye subsistence harvests and quiet hikes in the wilderness. Adieu to the uniqueness of an island so close to civilization but at the same time so natural and true.
What a shame that nobody could put a stop to this stupid highway for an unbuilt bridge. What a shame that Gravina's inhabitants do not act for their exceptional island. What a waste, all the development. This is just the beginning of the harm.
If residents have a jolt of pride for Gravina, they will act. I am a dreamer: I believe people can always change their attitude. The race has begun but it is far from over, and Ketchikan residents still have time to act in Gravina's favor.
Putting aside political party affiliations and old resentments toward environmentalists, there is a right choice concerning Gravina. At the moment there is an inane highway project costing $8 million per mile, which goes nowhere and brings nothing more than money, logging and difficult loss.
It is time to put a stop to its construction!