Maybe a Tourism Boycott of Alaska Over Wolf Issues Wouldn't Be So Bad

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / November 13, 2003

It is rumored that there is a potential boycott of Alaska by tourists if our state authorizes aerial predator control. While tourism provides an important source of revenue to the state, most of us could live just fine here with less of it. Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and even remote places like Sitka and Nome have so many tourists that new hotels are popping up like fireweed! Our way of life is changing too fast! Help! We're becoming the Seattle of the subarctic.

The chances of meeting someone you know from Nome or Galena, or Pilot Point at the Sheraton or Sophie Station are being diminished by herds of thundering, picture-taking, latte-drinking Outsiders. Please take no offense, folks.

So, if there is some reason tourists don't want to come here, I think I can live (quietly) with it.

-- Parker Rittgers / Anchorage



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