With or without road, Kensington Mine a go

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, December 15, 2006

We all understand that the Juneau Empire is opposed to road access to the capital, but your front-page headline Wednesday is about as low and desperate as you can get. The Juneau access project has been in the works long before John MacKinnon ever went to work for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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Your headline indicates that the road produces possible profits for the MacKinnon family, yet the article tells a different story. It indicates that the MacKinnons receive an annual lease payment from Coeur Alaska and may receive more if gold is found on their property. So what is wrong with that?

The fact is that the Kensington Mine project is happening with or without the road. Coeur Alaska does not need the road and certainly did not base their decisions on a possible road.

Those of us who support the project want a road all the way to Skagway. Unfortunately, the anti-road groups with the help of this newspaper have beaten it back to a 23-mile "pioneer" road. We now support what you have left us with because we see it as the first step in achieving our goal of true access to Juneau.

In closing, I would like to point out that every road and bridge ever built improved access to and enhanced someone's property value. I look forward to your article in the future about who is poised for profits by the construction of the second channel crossing.

Rick Urion


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