Letters to the Editor

Letter: No to West Susitna Access

As residents, stewards of the land, avid users and business owners in the West Susitna Area, we understand the uniqueness and significance of these lands better than anyone. The West Susitna Access Project is an unacceptable use of state funding. It is believed that any further financial contribution to the project by the state of Alaska will cause an irreversible and permanent scar that will negatively affect the land, resources, current thriving economy, and way of life for residents in the area.

There are alternative projects the state of Alaska could utilize, nearly a half a billion dollars on that would carry fewer risks and financially benefit the state and its residents. There is a long list of projects that Alaska could benefit from while not destroying an area that is valued by so many.

The West Su Project has been rushed through the first two phases by AIDEA and the Mat-Su Borough Assembly, all while ignoring the public testimony to slow down. This is why this call to action is being made to Gov. Mike Dunleavy to cease any continued contribution of this project. Simply put, we do not want this road. It’s a terrible use of public money.

— Gabe Kitter


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