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Southeast Alaska Conservation Council board member Erik Lie-Nielsen may think that he's not asking other taxpayers to pay for his ferry rides, as he writes in his letter ("Tune would be different if proponents realized they had to pay for road," July 24), but every time he or anyone else rides a state ferry, his passage is being subsidized by the state by more than 50 percent.
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Last year alone, more than $100 million in state general funds were used to subsidize Alaska's ferry system. That's almost $150 annually for every man, woman and child in the state. These funds could have gone for other state programs such as education, health or social services.
My reference to a dark cloud hanging over Juneau was in response to the two lawsuits, against the Lynn Canal Highway and the Kensington Mine, and other anti-development lawsuits SEACC has filed in recent months - all in an attempt to stop progress. SEACC, you are the dark cloud.