By Albert Kookesh, Bill Thomas, Kim Elton,
Beth Kerttula, Andrea Doll, Peggy Wilson & Kyle Johansen
October 10, 2007
We are writing to express our concern over your remarks in a press release dated September 21st. In the press release you say "skyrocketing costs for the Alaska Marine Highway System present an impediment to the state's budget and the region's economy."
Regardless of any budgetary problems the Alaska Marine Highway may be experiencing, we are also very much aware of the benefits AMHS brings to Southeast. The region's economy relies heavily on AMHS, which, in many cases, provides the only means of transportation for many citizens of Southeast as well as their freight. No matter our individual opinions on new road construction, asphalt will never replace the need for a marine highway. We are concerned that your comments may be taken out of context and may be seen as a condemnation of our Southeast highway. AMHS is the single greatest piece of transportation infrastructure in Southeast Alaska and, as such, it is an asset to our state's economy, not a liability.
We would very much like to
meet with you and discuss your goals and strategies for improving
the AMHS and how we as legislators can help.
Senator Albert Kookesh
Received October 02, 2007 - Published October 10, 2007
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