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Murkowski should think of the people

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I applaud Ernestine Hanlon for speaking out! It is time for our governor to think of the people. He should have to depend on the Alaska Marine Highway System for a while in its poorly administered state. We must provide reasonable "road" access to all our people, not just the chosen few. I wasn't against the bridges, but serving the towns who already rely on the marine highway as their only reasonable transportation must take priority. Since we have been made more aware of this current situation, I suggest the politically charged transportation money that we get be used to get the ferries back on schedule and running properly. That's a much more acceptable use of funds.

I also have a suggestion on the new jet: When prisoners are delivered out of state, some family members should be allowed to travel as well, since it is next to impossible for visits otherwise. More frequent trips to and from the outside prison while carrying family to visit would mean less waiting for those in need of transport, and opportunities for a little humane visitation. Of course it depends on the situation, but you can be sure that when there is the possibility of a rehabilitated prisoner and family being mended, distance will make it impossible to continue those ties.

Doris Robbins

Fairbanks



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