Ferries? WHAT ferries...
by June Allen
July 16, 2004
I was just watching the 6 o'clock state news on Anchorage's CBS
Ch. 11. One of the lead stories was about one of the state ferry
unions getting raises. For the background art work, they showed
two shots of a couple of our state ferries AND, are you ready
for this? They showed, twice, shots of the Washington State ferry
Kalakula in all its scarred, beat-up and faded glory! It's an
old 1930's art deco-style Puget sound ferry that retired to Alaska
years ago to serve as a fish processing factory - and eventually
was towed back to Washington State again.
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry! Shame on Ch. 11 for being
so dumb. And shame on the State of Alaska for never having given
the ferries the publicity and credit they so surely deserve.
No wonder the ferry system can't get legislators to pony up money
for the system! Almost all of the are from "up here"
and they don't even KNOW about the ferries.
They're not alone. When I did a recent story on the ferry system
for Sitnews, I made an informal survey of the other 23 tenants
in the apartment house where I live. They don't know about our
state ferries either! They thought I was talking about cruise
Palmer, AK - USA
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