Road expands possibilities

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003

In regard to Erik Lie-Nielsen's Tuesday letter: I support a road to and from Juneau. I'm not one of those people who "comes to Juneau and right away starts hollering to change things to make it just like where they came from." I was born and raised in Southeast Alaska and, as much as I love Juneau and this part of the world, I would like to be able to drive out once in a while to visit other parts of Alaska and Canada. I'll probably even take trips south when I retire.

Maybe it should be said that "It always amazes me that someone comes to Juneau and right away starts hollering about wanting to keep things the same."

These people usually have some great fantasy about living the frontier life, getting in touch with nature, or they simply can't handle the "Seattle North" from where they came from. When the road is built I will still respect the treasure we have now because I'll be able to see it up close and personal.

As far as a toll goes, I won't mind paying my fare share each time I decide to drive out of Juneau. And I'll bet that there will be many "non-roaders" ahead and behind me paying their fare share, too.

Jeff Kemp


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