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Alaskans Get the Short End of the Stick

By Norma Lankerd


May 08, 2017
Monday PM

I'm writing to COMPLAIN on why Alaskans who live and reside in the State of Alaska year around ALWAYS get the short end of the stick?  As soon as the Tourist season comes around the price of everything in Alaska always increase.  I live in Metlakatla, i do my shopping in Ketchikan because i can get more for my $$, but now that its the beginning of the summer season the cost of the Alaska ferry system from Metlakatla to Ketchikan has discontinued the 1/2 price off for the driver and the price increased $5.00 more just for a 45 minute ride, IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT if our State would allow the Lituya to run 7 days a week instead of Thursday through Monday.  I believe the Lituya is practically the only Ferry that keeps the Ferries afloat.  Even the hotel prices have gone up in the Ketchikan area, more so that the Tourist season is here.

We use to go free as the driver, even that increased to 1/2 price of a passenger fee.  Sad that the State of Alaska takes it out on the RESIDENTS of the State of Alaska. 

May as well build a bridge to connect us to Ketchikan and charge us a Toll.


Norma Lankerd
Metlakatla , Alaska


Received May 04, 2017 - Published May 09, 2017

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