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  •  I don't understand why people of the village (16+ / 0-)

    are responsible for the occasional hovercraft airlifts, but not the road. Wouldn't it make more sense to subsidize the hovercraft rather than subsidize a road that destroys wetlands?

    This is tough. These people have every historical right to be here, no question. But do they then have every future right to all new medical (etc) options? I mean, I know the PC answer, but ....

    I also worry about when the road becomes used for more, by more, which it undoubtedly will in AK. So many remote communities ruined by just a single narrow path to them....

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    by nzanne on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:50:05 PM PST

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    •  The government paid to buy the hovercraft... (11+ / 0-)

      ...but not its operational costs. Also, the weather makes hovercraft operation conditional, too. The situation is obviously a complicated one, with all kinds of on-the-other-hand issues. If that weren't the case, it would have been resolved by now.

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      by Meteor Blades on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:54:36 PM PST

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      •  We've got pleny of roads down ... (5+ / 0-)

        ... here, but folks still need to be evacuated by air (and sometimes die in a crash to boot).  That's the price you pay when you get too far from "civilization".  Even modest-sized towns located on an Interstate still need to use planes to fly out the sick or injured; a thunderstorm will ground the planes and a goodly winter storm will ground the planes plus make the roads impassable.  Anyone expecting 24/7 access to medical care has to live near it.

        I suspect Congress could have the IHS provide a physician/PACs or two to the town for less than a year's maintenance cost on the road (roads don't hold up all that well in Alaskan winters).  But I rather expect this is about getting a road more than it is about getting reasonable access to medical care; the emergency-only road is just the camel's nose.


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        by KingBolete on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:28:35 PM PST

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        •  Do you live here? (0+ / 0-)

          If so, have you ever been to the Aleutians?

          I've lived in Alaska for 33 years. I've walked a huge chunk of it and been to practically all of it. You are talking about an area 1/3 the size as THE REST OF THE ENTIRE FRICKIN' COUNTRY!

          You're right. They are just 'indians'. Why don't we make a treaty with them to move to reservation where they can be closer to medical and other services?

          Elitist asshole. You have no idea of what you speak.

          "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

          by CanisMaximus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 10:23:52 AM PST

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