Dock access and Joy

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2001

I don't know whose idea it was to shut off the city dock to access by the public in the first place but the logic escapes me. Who is being protected from whom? There is a reason it is called a "city, public" dock. It belongs to us the citizens of Juneau not to the cruise ship companies. The docks have been a place to walk, sit and think, socialize, jog, and greet ship passengers since the days of the Gold Rush. If someone thinks that there is a security problem, although I can't imagine what it is, then the ships should anchor out and tender their passengers in. To me the risk is worth taking in order for us to live normal, healthy, and happy lives. If the Coast Guard or whoever is really considering closing the city docks, I think we all need to let them know this is a terrible idea and will not make travel one bit safer.

On another matter. I enjoy Chris Joy's letters to the editor tremendously. I don't agree with most that she says but I do agree that America is not perfect and it is not unpatriotic to take a hard look at ourselves and see what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. Patriotism is not unquestioningly following the path our leaders are taking. It is not unpatriotic or un-American to disagree with someone. Free speech and the right to disagree is America's strength and the world knows it.

Thomas S. McLaughlin


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