Road grit

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2003

According to a recent poll in the Juneau Empire, 61 percent of the respondents believe the ferry system is a reliable form of transportation. A year ago when asked in a similar poll, "How would you like to see Southeast Alaska transportation addressed?" only 44 percent voted for a road. That is not a majority. This road would spend federal dollars and I do not think $300 million to $500 million of federal money needs to be spent on 65 miles of road. I told a schoolteacher in Georgia the story and she laughed. When I told her that it was her tax dollars she stopped laughing. So you see, Anchorage is not the only place that could find better uses for this money.

For years we have listened to the threat that the capital will be taken away from us. For years the capital has not moved. Let's take a moment to reflect on the simple fact Juneau has proven it does not need a road to do the business of the state. Imagine for a moment that being unique is a positive thing that forces visitors from around the world to acknowledge that in America we do not have to follow the rules for success. We can make it in any environment.

To think that the road will spawn jobs is a fallacy that has not changed the minds of the majority in Juneau despite the gritted teeth of the doomsayers.

Ken Jacobs


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