The plan to build a road from Juneau to Skagway is in the works, about to move from drawing boards to bulldozer. We, as average citizens of Juneau, need to stop and really think about what this road will mean to us.
A road from Skagway to Juneau would unleash a torrent of huge RVs that would descend upon our northern neighborhoods, leaving every park, wetland, empty space and parking lot ready to turn into a place for RVs to "hook up," drain our electricity and dump their waste. We'll have the cruise ships filling up our sewage system on one side of the town and the RVs doing their duty on the other. Is this what we want?
We need to ask ourselves: When does the quality of life in Juneau trump the supposed cost savings that a road from Skagway to Juneau would bring? Let's not kid ourselves into believing that the powers that be are pushing the construction of a road so that we may enjoy weekend trips to who knows where. The road that we will pay for with our tax dollars, both federal and state, is being contemplated because someone is going to make a lot of money. Will it be the average citizen of Juneau? Will our quality of life be increased? Will the cash we'll receive be worth the sacrifices and hassle the road will require: favorite hunting spots, accessible by the RVs, secret fishing coves available to the masses? How big should the check be and who is ready to write it? The answer is no one. We will receive nothing while faceless people tell us that our economy is better and that more quality jobs will come. This has happened time and time again and will continue to do so until we say, "Enough. We're happy with how things are now and do not need to play these games any longer."
Please do not buy into the soundbites provided by the people who will profit most from the construction of a road. Look at your day-to-day life and add 150 RVs to it. Is this good? Are you happier now that you can choose from one of the 50 new gas stations? The RVs are doing fine clogging the Seward Highway. Let's do our best to keep them there.
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