Second crossing just isn't worth it

Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2010

Like so many others, I too have fantasized for many years of a second, even more convenient road crossing over Gastineau Channel, easing access to and from Douglas Island, Eaglecrest Ski Area, and minimizing congestion on the Juneau-Douglas bridge. But, it's time to grow up and face reality. This second crossing, as proposed, just isn't worth it. We, as a local, national, and world society have got to learn to lessen, rather than expand, our petroleum-dependent urban and suburban sprawl. Need more housing? Fill in our existing gaps along streets and utilities. Wanna golf? Go have fun at File's. Wanna develop a seaport on West Douglas? Show me the market. Please, though, don't claim "If we build it they shall come."

We, the taxpayers of Juneau, have been sold a succession of pigs in pokes for many years now, and seldom, if ever, have the costs promoted to us in the respective bond issues been even remotely accurate. By the way, I am a construction worker who has personally benefited from municipal bond funded projects, in wages, for a long time. However, I no longer, as an article of faith, am willing to lock up 20 percent of our sales tax revenue, for at least 10 years, on a project of spurious benefit and colossal cost, both environmental and financial. I'm voting no on Proposition 2.

Philip Stewart

Auke Bay

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