By Chris Elliott
September 13, 2006
Like many other Alaskans who depend on tourism in one way or
another, I was appalled when the tax passed. One of the main
charges was that the cruise ships were harming the pristine environment.
This is the same argument that was used to shut down the timber
industry. Some people won't be happy until Alaska is the most
exclusive park in the world where only the very wealthy can afford
to vacation. It's a shame. But please don't blame all Alaskans.
Look to those newcomers who left their overpopulated, smog-filled
homes to save Alaskans from themselves. Perhaps it's time to
expel all those who have lived in Alaska for less than 25 years
and get back to where we once belonged.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Long-time resident (50+ years)
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