Robbery on bridges

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2005

I agree with Chris Herby (letters to the editor, Nov. 23) that federal funding should remain with proposed bridges in Ketchikan and Anchorage.

Where would Juneau be without the Douglas Bridge? We would still be a fractured community with no room to grow. Yes, the bridge in Ketchikan goes to mostly state and federal land, but guess what: We live in the Tongass National Forest. I have seen numbers saying that about 70-80 percent of all land in Southeast is owned by the federal government, with most of the rest being owned by Native corporations.

This would set a dangerous precedent that will come back to haunt us all. Think of what will happen when the next project that you are hoping gets built (second crossing to Douglas, road out of Juneau, valley recreation center, ski lift up Hog's Back) gets some bad press, because there will always be someone that thinks it's a bad idea and they will jump at the chance to blow it up in your face.

I hope that everyone takes the time to write to their legislative representative and stop this highway robbery.

Chuck Drummond


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