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Ferry system failures
By Ronald Currit


February 21, 2008

This is a letter I sent to Governor Palin adding my voice to the dissension about the Ferry system.

I would like to take this opportunity to add my voice to the long list of people complaining about the ferry system.

I would like to find out how much money the State spends to maintain the roads in Alaska, I am sure it is not cheap!

The only roads I have ever heard of that do not cost money to maintain are toll roads which thankfully we do not have .

I am sure that the ferries seem like a very expensive road to maintain but so are all our other roads!

I am also unsure of how we can justify cutting our traffic from the South and then almost doubling the ferries in the north, where are the passengers coming from when they can not get to the ferries?

Driving through Canada is not an option for many people, as I am sure others have expressed to you.

Did you know that many of our Ferry employees have to PAY Canada $200.00 every year just to park at Prince Rupert (they don't even get off the Ferry). This payment is because they have something in their legal history and it has no time limit!

I thought we had laws against double jeopardy, but the Canadians do not apparently!

Now we should really rely on roads and day ferries to travel in Southeast. But these roads are not here and probably never will be -- case in point the road from Juneau to Skagway was stopped by the environmentalists! What makes the State think that if such a simple road project can be stopped so easily they (the environmentalists) are going to let us build roads throughout Southeastern Alaska?

Might it be wiser to not spend millions on upgrades and repairs on our antiquated fleet and put out that same money on newer more efficient ships?

Could you during your busy schedule take the time to look into this and find a way to keep the people of Southeastern Alaska supplied with the basic requirements such as medical services, food, and supplies that we rely on, that are delivered to us by ferry?

Ronald Currit
Thorne Bay, AK

About: "Alaska since 1959 and a ferry user since 1964."

Received February 19, 2008 - Published February 21, 2008


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