Valdez, Cordova more of a 'somewhere'?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Imagine my surprise and horror. It made the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News and was even picked up by The Associated Press and CNN. What was this horrific event? A community in Alaska was left isolated after flooding. Now they must rely only on air and water methods of transport. All are calling for the state government to spend millions of dollars to fix this horrible situation. In the same breathe, the road out of Juneau is condemned as a road to nowhere. Are Valdez and Cordova any more of a somewhere than Juneau?

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Yeah, I know, the Juneau road isn't planned past the Katzehin - yet. Yeah, I know, it passes through some incredibly beautiful and environmentally important areas. I am sure the Richardson Highway does, too. So what is the solution? Let nature have the Richardson Highway. It would save the state millions of dollars. If isolation is acceptable for the state capital then it should be OK for Valdez and these other communities as well! Why do we need any roads in this state at all? The environment would be so much better. We wouldn't be bothered by those pesky tourists as much, and we would all be happy in our little pristine villages.

Allen Butner


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