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Old 11-21-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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The tiny town of Akutan has a $29 million harbor, but only five boats and 75 residents.

Alaskan town home to airport with no planes and harbor with no road | The Sideshow - Yahoo! News
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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Although huge amounts of money are spent on questionable projects in Alaska (and everywhere else too, but ours tend to be rather glaring), I guarantee there is more to that story than is in the linked story. For example, if there weren't an airstrip, those thousand seasonal workers would have no way to get to the community. The majority of the people reading that story probably aren't aware that that community is a solid 600 miles away from ANY connecting road. The airstrip isn't served by any "airlines" because getting there requires a charter bush flight from nearby Dutch Harbor (or maybe Cold Bay), which are served by regularly scheduled airlines. The fact that garbage like that passes for journalism is disheartening, and the comments moreso.

The harbor sounds like it could simply be a multi-phase project. The construction season's short. Gotta get the big work done while the weather's fair and the money's there. I'm half playing devil's advocate here; it DOES sound fishy. If the supporting infrastructure isn't there within the next few years, THEN condemn it as a boondoggle.

Oh, and the bridges to nowhere weren't bridges to nowhere. I don't know how on earth that story got so spun out of control, but one of the bridges was to connect our 4th largest city to its existing airport, and the other was to connect our largest city to land suitable for development because the city is hemmed in by mountains.

The vast majority of Californians have as much right to speak out against the way money is spent in Alaska as I have to speak out against California tax code.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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The news media in the US these days is essentially useless for information gathering and dissemination. It really exists to mold a mostly ignorant public easily swayed by bright shiny stories crafted to create the desired reaction. Akutan is a village without the means to build an airport. Building stuff in the bush costs money. And while it was being built workers were getting paid and supplies were being purchased.

Alaska stories get twisted and sensationalized and are often outright lies and propaganda. Anyone remember when the AK dept of moose and goose opened up aerial predator control so the folks in the bush could maybe get a chance at some subsistance game? It was reported as Fish and Game shooting wolves from helicopters and no amount of education could disabuse them of this notion. People asked me why they couldn't just give the people food stamps so they could go to the local supermarket and buy dead cow like everyone else....they just don't understand and the media refuses to tell them.

So dude, you've been suckered by one slanted piece of propaganda that fit your narrow view of a world you cannot even begin to comprehend. You're not a bad person, you have just been given enough information to suit your masters.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:03 PM
 
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Don't read the news and you are uninformed, read the news and you are misinformed.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Maybe it's time for the State of Alaska to embark on an educational campaign to get the truth out, and all of these Alaska reality shows would be a great place to start. ANWR, NPR, fisheries, mining, timber, etc. We're not going to get our side out if we aren't willing to match the Sierra Club et al in the media world.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Thank you for alerting us to local news. I agree this is nuts. What would we do without Californians letting us know our government is wasteful? Shades of the "Bridge to Nowhere".
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:47 AM
 
Location: Fairbanks
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The true bridge to no where is in Salcha.........
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:03 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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The true bridge to no where is in Salcha.........
The railroad bridge? Nah.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Fairbanks
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The railroad bridge? Nah.
Yea......... Could have been spent on a Gas line that would have saved both bases enough to build it later!
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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A gas line would be nice for sure, but that might be too practical for Alaska.
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