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Invest in the Alaska Marine Highway Ferries
By Michael Moyer


January 16, 2008

Revising the schedule of Alaska Marine Highway to one ferry per week between Bellingham and Southeast shows complete disregard for the people of Southeast Alaska. The purpose of the Marine Highway system is to provide for efficient, economical, safe, and reliable transportation between the coastal communities of Alaska. The reason for the Ferries is to improve communication between our peoples, develop economic ties between state communities and the lower 48, and allow Alaskans the opportunity to travel within our state and to the outside year-round.

By choosing to limit, rather than improve our ferry system, a shortsighted choice is being made to detour from our common goal as Alaskans to provide for the good of our state and its citizens. The time has come for Alaskan politicians to take some pride in our state again. We will not see a reduction in the price of oil in our lifetime and are blessed with an income for our needs. We must spend the money on our marine transportation system to invest in our future and way of life if we wish to protect it. Positive, healthy development comes at a cost so let's make that investment.

Michael Moyer
Ketchikan, AK

Received January 15, 2008 - Published January 16, 2008


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