I'm happy that Ella Bentley (July 23 letter to the editor) has enjoyed her 50-year sojourn in Juneau, without the use of an adequate road. Unfortunately, there are many longtime Juneauites who have not "survived just fine without a road out of town." One person does not make a community.
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Ms. Bentley has lived in Juneau longer than me, but I suspect that I have spent more time in roadless communities - such as Bethel, Dillingham, Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow and many other smaller Western Alaska communities - than she has. My conversations with people in those places is that they would love to have a road "out of town." Some people in Nome want the railroad extended from Fairbanks into Nome. Some Fairbanks residents would like the railroad extended south to Canada. It seems that only in Juneau are people satisfied with 19th century technology.
When fuel prices reach $5 per gallon, or higher, not many Juneauites will be able to afford a ticket to Skagway on the fuel-guzzling ferries. Please, Ms. Bentley, move west if you don't want a road out of town.
Lowell S. Barrick
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