Berating tourists doesn't speak well of the locals

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I usually try to focus on the positive in our fair city, but a summertime visitor to our fair city told me a rather ugly story about an extremely rude driver who imperiled his vehicle and then berated him both verbally and with sign language when the man attempted to discuss this behavior with him.

Don’t you think it would be unfortunate for a person who has dreamed of and saved for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Alaska to have it ruined by one of our locals who was in too much of a hurry to show courtesy to our visitors?

Just as surely as we have icy roads in the winter, we also have added traffic flow and construction in the summer. It’s a fact of life here on the peninsula.

Please remember that people visit here for the same reasons we live in this incredibly beautiful place. If you have forgotten why people stop to take a photograph or gaze at a lovely scene, maybe you should be the one to stay home, instead of suggesting that idea to them.

Joan Hansen


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