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Alaska Ferry Summer OP Plan
By Jennifer Peterson


February 18, 2008
Monday AM

Below is the letter I wrote to Alaska Governor Palin:

Dear The Honorable Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska:

My name is Jennifer Peterson. I have worked as a contract agent for The Alaska Marine Highway System since 1993 in Bellingham, Washington. I am very concerned about the operating plan for Summer 08. I am concerned for your residents for the reasons I will outline below.

The mis -management of Alaska Marine Highway has forgotten several items that should be brought to your attention:

Food via semi trailer is loaded in Bellingham for SE Alaska.

Medical. SE Alaskans come to Bellingham and beyond for medical. Including vets headed to the VA hospital.

Military. Coast Guard, Army and Air force move their families, vehicles and belongings via the AK ferry from Bellingham.

Commerce. Bellingham and points south: cars, boats, furniture, building supplies are often brought thru Bellingham or purchased in Bellingham and taken up on the ferry.

Prince Rupert is not an option for 80% of the passengers out of Bellingham. (carrying firearms, dui on record, weather/road conditions, ID requirements)

Roads do not make money, why should the ferry system be profitable?

It is because of my confidence in your ability and willingness to do the right thing that I am asking for your immediate help to correct the mounting problems that have developed at the Alaska Marine Highway over the past year.

With respect and for the good of all Alaska,

Jennifer Peterson
Bellingham, WA

About: "I work for AMHS Ticketing at the Bellingham Terminal. Member of IBU of Pacific. Worked for AMHS Ticketing since 1993. Contract agent via Port of Bellingham."

Received February 12, 2008 - Published February 18, 2008


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