Road opponents part of the problem

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

To the writers who protest that the Juneau road project fails because it will still be necessary to use a shuttle ferry between Katzehin and Haines and Skagway: Stop the spin. The very people who protest this are, in fact, responsible for the situation.

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The accurate view is that small-time, small-town, tail-wags-the-dog, activists got the state Department of Transportation to fold over the issue of the project's Katzehin-Skagway segment.

Every battle won brings glory, however, with glory comes consequence. The consequence of the delusion that stalling the Katzehin-Skagway segment will terminate the entire project is that there will be no convenient, inexpensive, reliable, transportation in the foreseeable future. The shuttle ferry will prove to be inconvenient, expensive and unreliable, as many argue the mainline service is now.

It's a zero-sum game, really. To use a ferry for point-to-point transportation on the same continent is analogous to using a typewriter for communication when e-mail, or mobile phone, is available. It's like needing a workhorse but, after the political battles are fought, the government's response is, "No problem, your camel is on the way."

By stalling the Skagway-Katzehin segment of the project, it's really the endless, incessant, whining of those who oppose the project that are responsible for the haphazard state it is in today. "We have met the enemy and he is us."

Chance Robinson

Skagway



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