Use the road money to support a better Alaska ferry system

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Is building a road necessary if you have to ride a ferry, too? I think not. If we build the road from Juneau to Katzehin, people say that we will save money, but is less money worth your life? After all, if people build the road, it will not only harm the wildlife, but us, as well. Passing almost one avalanche zone per mile is not just dangerous, it is foolish.

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When you ride on the Alaska Marine Highway ferries, you can walk around, eat food and go to the bathroom at anytime you want. On the proposed road, you can be trapped in a moving object, going too fast on icy roads around blind corners past avalanches.

I know that people say that cars are more enjoyable and cheaper, but is it really possible to be happier stuck in a car that can't go anywhere because of avalanches in front of and behind you?

The ferry system isn't reliable right now, but at least if the ferry is not at the terminal, you can drive home easily. Do you want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere, cold, wet and with nowhere to go except back? That's what it would be like to be stranded in a car on the avalanche-prone road.

We should take the money that would be used to make the road and use it to support a better ferry system. Please oppose the road out of Juneau.

Laurel Stark


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