I would like to express a sincere wish of gratitude to Steve Vick as he embarks upon his quest to swim the upper Lynn Canal from Skagway to Juneau. His undertaking and the circumstances surrounding this event have generated a paradox of emotions and sentiments that are both inspiring and regrettable at the same time.
It is wonderful that individuals like Steve exist, who are willing to personally shoulder such a daring and inventive endeavor, all in an effort to expose to a larger audience, the deception and corruption that flows out of the governor's mansion in Juneau. Maybe Steve's sacrifice will help illuminate for others the negative and irreversible quality of life impacts that the proposed Juneau road would convey to so many Southeast Alaska residents.
It is also regrettable that such a personal self-sacrifice from Steve along with so many other volunteers and contributors required to organize such an event are even necessary. However, I suppose when laws and regulatory requirements are mocked, when the community's collective voices through polls, votes, resolutions and letters are ignored, and when the conclusions of numerous engineers, scientists and planning experts are summarily dismissed, that individual efforts such as Steve's are used as a hopeful final option. Somehow, I don't think that this is how either the political process or the regulatory and legal systems are supposed to work. So much for government "of the people, for the people, by the people." Something is seriously broken and is in dire need of fixing.
In a time when too many politicians have ceased to be anything more than political puppets for the corporate and special interest moneys that fuel them, it is refreshing to know that occasionally a solitary voice from the community can serve as the catalyst needed to fight a corrupt system.