Letter: Those who hold the purse decide how to spend the money

Just read the article about the Interior secretary, Sally Jewell, rejecting the land swap in exchange for a proposed single lane road to provide medical transportation access for the King Cove residents. At first I thought well, here’s another federal tree-hugger of the Obama administration telling Alaskans what we can and cannot do.

I followed the article by going to Google Earth to get a better look a the wildlife refuge. What I saw kind of threw me for a loop. It’s a long way around Cold Bay between those communities, and understand, I’m not an engineer, but it doesn’t take an engineer to see that building even a single lane gravel road from King Cove to Cold Bay would be a massive undertaking costing millions of dollars, and require huge amounts of gravel material to complete.

So I have to ask the proponents of the road: Who’s paying the bill, and who’s paying to maintain it? If the answer is the feds, then I guess they have a right to say no.

— Vincent Volpe