Entertaining suggestion

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Entertainment is the Borg of the 21st century - resistance is futile: You will be assimilated. It has long been observed that politics is merely the entertainment branch of industry, and all are aware of the slide of the news into infotainment.

We should take this trend into consideration when planning Juneau's transportation strategy for the 21st century, which is why I propose Commuterland.

Light rail is an exciting proposal, but it doesn't go far - or fast - enough.

Last Sunday, Fujikyu Highland theme park (located at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan) unveiled "The Dodonpa," the fastest roller coaster in the world. Its patented air launch system rockets it from zero to 107 mph in 1.8 seconds, creating a G-force of 4.3.

I think you see where I'm going with this.

Throw in a barrel roll, figure eight and a couple of Immelmans around Lemon Creek, and you'd be able to charge $12 (at least) for a one-way ride. It would pay for itself in a year.

I think "Screaming Raven" would be an excellent name, but I'm willing to entertain suggestions.

Michael D. Christenson

Juneau



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