Ketchikan's Airport Ferry
By Davey Lopes
October 18, 2007
The promise of a bridge for 30 years has elected and re-elected
many local politicians and sold many headlines in that time.
And that is that. Hey let's do it again, shall we? It was so
productive the first time. And second time. And tenth time. Etc,
Your emotional description of the ferry's attempt to perform
over that time period may sell more headlines and/or get you
elected but facts are facts and the ferry has been the most consistent
byproduct of local government that they (local government) have
their fingers on. That ferry is more consistent than electricity.
That ferry is more dependable than the mail. That ferry is an
example of what government should be.
I've done some research on the issue, more than just listening
to the word on the street and reading farfetched politically
motivated letters to Sitnews or Ketchikan Daily News. I'm not
questioning anybody's facts or calling them a liar ... but if
one person has three or four specific incidences where they have
missed flights because the airport ferry wasn't running ... well
that doesn't jibe up with the information I've received from
ferry personnel and talking with DOT. From personal experience,
what I've found is that my own poor time management is the reason
I've missed a flight or didn't catch the proper ferry.
Do you truly think that any ferry crew present or past would
ignore any community member late for a funeral? Apparently you
do not understand that the boat is run by humans! And that those
humans are better than average.
If weather is your specialty then you would know the ferry has
performed her responsibilities to this community in wind storms
that reached 100 MPH. Do you know what the average bridge closure
winds are across America? God will not provide a weather waiver
for Ketchikan Alaska, where physics do not apply.
How many days would people
forego an important trip due to bridge failure per year? Will
people be willing to accept that certain days the bridge will
be closed - end of story.
In 30 years of riding the airport ferry, the system has never
let me down. She's always been on time, never been late and I've
never been late or missed a flight because the ferry was having
mechanical or time problems or was not running. Not once. Would
it be nice to be able to just drive to the airport whenever we
wanted? Yes, of course. But it'd also be nice if the Cubs won
the World Series. Some things just aren't meant to be.
Your bridge has some mighty big shoes to fill.
About: " Lifetime user
of the airport ferry"
Received October 17, 2007 -
Published October 18, 2007
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