Juneau needs road

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2004

I am 17 years of age and have lived in Juneau all of my life. Ever since I can remember there has been talk about a road out of Juneau. I have grown up on the idea of a road, the hope of a road. I have been all for the idea for many years, but not more then now.

During the events of 9/11 the ferry station and the airport both closed down. There was no way out and that scared me.

Many people have fought against the road by saying that it would destroy our economy because too many people would leave or too many people would come; but how will it destroy us? A road would increase the tourist business and it would create a stronger need for new land, new homes, and more jobs. This town for years has been trying to make itself bigger, but too many rules and regulations keep that from happening. Not the road. A road would raise the economy by producing more of the existing jobs and also creating new jobs. If people choose to leave they are only filtering out the system by bringing new minds into the mix.

I think it's sad to think that Juneau is the only capital in the whole United States that doesn't have a road out, excusing only the capital of Hawaii. And we are the largest state - doesn't that account for something? I recently began my Eagle Scout project so I know what responsibility is and this city, this state, this nation has the responsibility of building a road out of this wonderful capital of Alaska.

Yes, I may only be a teenager, but it isn't hard to see that there is nowhere for this town to go but up and the road will only help to maintain that needed growth.

I know I am young, but I know the difference between what I need and what I want and Juneau needs a road out. Build the road, Juneau to Skagway.

Kyle Peterson


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