What others say: Senior senator delivers

  • By Ketchikan Daily News editorial
  • Wednesday, August 23, 2017 4:35pm
  • Opinion

She’s on it.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has something to talk about with the White House — the new ferry project.

President Trump, in an effort to return manufacturing to the United States, is insisting that federally funded projects be built with domestically made parts. There’s a law to that effect.

The problem is that it takes time to move manufacturing from overseas to the U.S. Some parts aren’t available here, and it takes a waiver from the Federal Highway Administration administrator. Trump hasn’t appointed one yet.

The Alaska Legislature included $244 million in its capital budget to replace the Alaska Marine Highway System’s Tustemena. The ferry has been designed and funding is lined up.

The state can’t buy foreign-made parts — steel, for example — if it spends federal dollars on the project.

This situation is reminiscent of the recently successful effort to preserve a swath of Deer Mountain. Murkowski intervened when the scenic Ketchikan backdrop was threatened with timber harvest, pushing through Congress a land trade between the property owner and the U.S. Forest Service.

At the time, the effort appeared overwhelming. But with the cooperation of the property owner, properly motivated elected officials at all government levels, and no small share of Murkowski’s political power, the mountain will remain in its current state.

Murkowski will be welcoming the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to the state next week, a visit arranged before the Tustemena replacement situation came up. They will be discussing this.

It’s only a matter of time before Murkowski will be able to announce the Tustemena project can proceed full speed ahead.

There’s no other way to go.

— Ketchikan Daily News,

Aug. 16

More in Opinion

A “Vote Here” sign is seen at the City of Kenai building on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Voices of the Peninsula: Get out there and Vote!

The League of Women Voters on the Kenai and Kenai Peninsula Votes created this voter guide for the mayoral election

Taz Tally. (Photo by Christina Whiting/courtesy)
Point of View: I stand with drag queens

I changed my perspective when I saw my first drag queen show in Montreal in 1964

U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka and former President Donald Trump stand on stage during a July 2022 rally in Anchorage. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Tshibaka’s insincere defense of democracy

There are a lot of possible explanations why fewer votes were cast last November

Capitol
Opinion: Humanism and the billionaire class

Compromise is the right thing to do and they should do it.

tt
Opinion: The challenged truths of 3 elected representatives

“Politicians lying is nothing new.”

This photo shows the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: The wrong way to define demand

And as glaciers go, the Mendenhall is only a minor attraction.

Zachary Hamilton (Courtesy photo)
Borough mayoral candidate: ‘The best is yet to come’

Zachary Hamilton is running for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor in the special election

Love, INC in Soldotna, Alaska, provides homelessness prevention and housing services to people on the Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Opinion: COVID relief funds help homeless children in Alaska

We need to sustain this kind of investment.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)
Opinion: Alaska must act now to capitalize on carbon markets

Alaska has vast forests and coastlines that can provide natural carbon management

1
Opinion: MLK Day clinics offered in the ‘spirit of service and advocacy for equality and social justice’

Attorneys across the state will be spending their holiday as “A Day On, Not a Day Off”

The M/V Tustumena comes into Homer after spending the day in Seldovia in 2010. (Homer News File)
Opinion: New federal funding could aid Alaska Marine Highway System

The evidence is clear that the AMHS is in grave danger of failing and moving into Alaska’s history books

(Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: I’ve seen the union difference

As a community we can show solidarity…