Reduced Ferry Service
By Nancy York
January 22, 2008
I am disappointed because the Alaska Marine Highway will be reducing
the number of ships making the Southeast rounds. I love visiting
southeast Alaska, especially Ketchikan. I had plans to visit
Ketchikan all summer long with my camper. However, a ticketing
agent from Alaska Marine Highway told me to schedule early and
make a reservation due to the reduced ferry service. I do not
want to follow such a rigid schedule when I am on vacation and
would rather board the ship as a standby. If I get lucky choosing
the standby option then I will stay in Ketchikan for 3 months,
spend my money at your campgrounds and RV park, and no doubt
spend my money at your supermarkets, knick-knack shops, restaurants,
and other tourist related activities (of course, not those jewelry
shops... no-o-o, never at the jewelry shops...). I am fully
aware of the safety issues involved in repairing an AMH ship,
after all, safety is the issue for Marine Highway public transportation.
The other alternative I have is to spend my summer on Vancouver
Island, British Columbia especially if I cannot get that ride
on the AMH ship. The price of fuel and and other local fees
incurred on locals living in Ketchikan as well as elsewhere,
e.g., here in Oregon are also going up so finances are tight
for some of us.
Your Alaska state tax dollars can afford new IFA ferries so why
can't those tax dollars bid for a new Fleet of AMH ferries?
With my restricted budget, visiting Canada this summer is looking
I am sure there are thousands of other folks wanting to visit
Ketchikan in addition to other lovely little towns of southeast
Alaska, but due to the breakdown of ships, visiting Ketchikan
and contributing to your economy is just not in the cards.
Sincerely going to Canada,
About: Former Ketchikan resident
-- 15 years. Widow of the late Peter York, a famous and sometimes
through the eyes of others a rather infamous contributor to the
the SitNews editorial section.
Received January 22, 2008 -
Published January 22, 2008
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