Visitors to Alaska
By Jenna Phillips-Buster
September 20, 2006
I felt the need to address a recent letter to the editor from
"Vic & Judi Vreeland" from Cedar Creek, TX, USA.
I'm very interested to know if Mr. Vreeland realizes that Alaska
is part of the United States, and Alaska is almost 3 times bigger
than his home state of Texas, that he is so proud to point out.
He stated that he and his wife visited our fine state over a
year ago. He would like an explanation as to why "WE ALASKANS"
were scared or coerced into passing a cruise ship head tax for
our state. Mr. Vreeland made several remarks in his letter that
basically implied that "We Alaskans" as a whole don't
know what we are doing. His statement that we are trying to
charge the cruise ship industry to pay for our "Bridge to
nowhere" or "whatever" we need the extra income
for is bogus. He also stated that a trip to the Carribean is
a lot less expensive than visiting Alaska.
No, Mr. Vreeland, we are not trying to reduce the amount of travelers
to our beautiful state! I'm sure that you pay taxes to help
improve your state's highways, schools, and anything that Texas
needs to improve both the state and local government projects.
As you are now aware (hopefully), Alaska is much bigger than
Texas and needs the added income to improve our docking facilities,
added safety for our visitors, and improvements to make our visitors
feel right at home. Also, if you feel that you've been given
the "cold shoulder" by us Alaskans, you obviously didn't
meet the local born and raised Alaskans, that pride ourselves
in customer service. One comment that "I couldn't resist"
is that Alaska pays its dues. However, our state does not see
the funding and improvements that the lower 48 does. You apparently
feel that Alaska is personally targeting you for the money that
is needed to improve our state's travel industry. We all hope
that you have a great time visiting the Carribean.
However, if you ever do make it back to our amazing state, I'm
sure you too, will enjoy the added dock space for the ship you
are traveling on. From what I understand, it's a lot better
than waiting in line for 2 hours to catch a tender back to your
ship anchored out in our channel.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "I have lived in Ketchikan for over 20 years."
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