Palin should focus on ferry system

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I feel that Sarah Palin should be focusing more on the ferries and less on the road north of Juneau. No matter where the road leads to, you will have to take a ferry anyway. Rather than spending $218 million that we don't have, I think Alaskans ought to work on improving the marine highway. Even things such as a possible on-board library system or simple renovations would boost profits.

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The ferry system is a vital link between Alaska's communities. It provides comfortable mass transportation for all those who do not want to deal with the hassle of airports. It's affordable. It moves not only people and cars but also tools and products. It has reliable service in all weather, unlike that of most planes and cars.

Palin should be trying to help the ferry system come up with a plan for the future. We should concentrate on creating hybrid or nonfossil-fuel ferries. The road will kill thousands of ecosystems - large and small. Not only that, but it goes through 52 avalanche zones and, in the spring, will be susceptible to lots of flooding.

Together, Alaskans need to decide: road or ferries? Join me in supporting the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Katie Streher


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