In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019 photo, Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019 photo, Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: Creative solutions to Gov. Dunleavy’s bold vision for Alaska

Get on the bandwagon before it’s too late.

  • Monday, April 22, 2019 10:39pm
  • Opinion

It’s time for all Alaskans to unite behind the governor.

Our bloated government has brought us the ferry system that serves coastal Alaska as the main means of transit. Due to the high costs of union labor, masters, mates, pilots, deck crews, stewards and skilled captains, not to mention the high cost of fuel, it has got to go.

I believe it’s time for 30-foot-long oars to be fabricated by unemployed craftsmen, forestry workers and former ferry workers looking for gainful employment.

For too long now, the old, young and pregnant women have been getting a stress-free ride between coastal cities. It’s time to save on fuel and put people who want to go through the Inside Passage behind the oars. Honest work to propel humanity forward.

[Opinion: Dunleavy presents convincing case on his budget during town hall]

Manual crankshafts could also be connected to the props (reminiscent of the great Civil War). Remember the Tlingit and Russians traveled in much less stable craft with only modest loss of life.

When the ferries are gone, creative solutions must be explored.

Education has been another thorn in the flesh of the governor.

Perhaps we should take a lesson from the past, from Abraham Lincoln, who used a piece of coal to do his studies on the blade of his shovel, within the famed log cabin in Illinois. We could expand upon the idea by using the coal as fuel in burn barrels, which can be added to every classroom to provide much-needed heat when winter arrives.

When our governor decides even the modest cost of coal is too high, class sizes could also be increased to 75. Body heat will keep the children warm in the coldest temperatures if they’re packed in tight enough.

Teachers also need to step up to the plate and feed the children breakfast, lunch and dinner, including six bagged meals each for the weekends because the parents will be unemployed by the hundreds as Juneau’s economy collapses under the governor’s judicious cuts.

[Opinion: Misleading statistics don’t help fix Alaska’s ferry system]

Our elders are not forgotten in the governor’s bold vision for the state.

For the sake of unity, our families must to stand together in ending the subsidized state shelter that their parents and grandparents have enjoyed in the Pioneer Homes. To reduce the extraordinary cost of nursing home care, free shuttles will be offered to anyone over 65 who has lost their capacity to pull their weight in this free society.

This free transit will take them from their homes to rowboats, and then to the calving glaciers where our beloved elders, sick of subsidized housing, will be assisted to hop off onto the ice. Their final moments can be spent in dignity, knowing they’re not incurring debt for future generations.

As Alaskans, we are known to be resilient. So when our jobs vanish, our children’s educations are destroyed and our elders are priced out of needed care, will the next generation be dumbed down enough to be pawns to powerful entrenched, leaders who will have self-interest as their primary guiding star?

The obscenely wealthy brothers are showing the way to Gov. Mike Dunleavy and President Donald Trump.

Overt, blatant and unbridled violation of human rights has become the draconian standard that we all are required to submit to. Take affordable transportation from all of Southeast Alaska, take education from the children, take jobs from their parents and take housing from the poorest and least able, and our system of government with its socialist underpinnings will finally collapse.

Get on the bandwagon before it’s too late for us; you might be one of the lemmings left standing with the shredded PFD and even fatter oil companies. The choice is easy, affordable and within easy reach.

Stand for Alaska. Unite behind the governor and kick him out.

David Jo Parish lives in Juneau.

• David Jo Parish lives in Juneau.

More in Opinion

Shana Loshbaugh (Courtesy photo)
History conference seeking input from peninsula people

The Alaska Historical Society will hold its annual conference on the central peninsula this fall

Coach Dan Gensel (left) prepares to get his ear pierced to celebrate Soldotna High School’s first team-sport state championship on Friday, Febr. 12, 1993 in Soldotna, Alaska. Gensel, who led the Soldotna High School girls basketball team to victory, had promised his team earlier in the season that he would get his ear pierced if they won the state title. (Rusty Swan/Peninsula Clarion)
Remembering my friend, Dan Gensel

It’s a friendship that’s both fixed in time and eternal

(Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: The false gods in America’s gun culture

HB 61 is a solution in search of a problem.

KPBSD Superintendent Clayton Holland
Reflecting on a year of growth and resilience

A message from the superintendent

Jim Cockrell, commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. (Courtesy photo/Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Honoring the 69 peace officers who have died serving Alaskans

Alaska Peace Officer Memorial Day honors the brave men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty

Rep. Maxine Dibert (Image via Alaska State Legislature)
Opinion: The economic case for a significant investment in education

As our oil production and related revenue have declined, our investments in education have remained flat

Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion
Smoke from the Swan Lake Fire impairs visibility on the Sterling Highway on Aug. 20, 2019.
Don’t let the abundance of snow fool you; Alaskans should prepare for wildfire season

Last summer’s 590 wildfires burned more than 3.1 million acres in Alaska, about 41% of the total acreage burned in the U.S.

Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski in May 2019.
Opinion: Statewide sales tax just doesn’t make ‘horse sense’

Money for the dividend was meant to be sized after State government services obligations had been met

The Alaska State Capitol. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Point of View: Big steps to strengthen child care system

Funding in the budget, statutory reforms and support from the administration are all necessary to strengthen the child care system in Alaska

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a news conference in which options for a long-range fiscal plan were discussed. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Tax talk should be paired with PFD pragmatism

Alaska is 30 years into state budget deficits, borrowing billions from savings to pay the bills.

Opinion: Seafood Producers Cooperative responds to WFC ruling

“I want to convey our great disappointment…”

Lawmakers, staff and other workers inside the The Alaska State Capitol are preparing this week for the upcoming session of the Alaska State Legislature that starts Jan. 17, including the release of the first round of prefile bills published Monday by the Legislative Affairs Agency. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Alaska Voices: Senate tax bills threaten critically needed community investment

Hilcorp Alaska’s role as a major sponsor of our race is a source of great pride