Access road a 'solution' for overpopulation

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, December 14, 2003

Anyone who has ever gone on vacation (to Yellowstone, for instance) and has been enshrouded in a toxic miasma behind a mile-long caravan of Winnebagos that are cruising along at the posted speed ("glacial"), has entertained the notion of divine retribution; perhaps in the form of a localized meteor strike or an exploding volcano; perhaps just the Earth opening up and swallowing them whole.

We here in the Southeast have the opportunity to make this dream a reality.

Last month, the Royal Society published a study suggesting that there are 1,000 times too many humans on the planet to be sustainable. And as the Boomers age, their medical costs are going to rise and, frankly, as a society we can't afford it.

I think you see where I'm going with this.

The proposed road north crosses 58 avalanche paths. We could market it as the perfect extreme sport - one that you can participate in without leaving the comfort of your Very Large Land Cruiser (VLCC).

Think of the economic possibilities in bumper sticker sales alone. "I survived the Al-Can Highway?" Pshaw! How about "I drove the road of death," "I skied the East Lynn Canal road" and "My folks went to Alaska and all I got was this lousy inheritance?"

Michael Christenson

Juneau



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