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<br />285 <br /> <br />Thursday, December 29, 1938 (continued) <br /> <br /> <br />It has been stated this ::;roposed chanpe would cost loss t ban <br />alf t he amount estL;lated for the main-line change from Port ate Bay - <br />ould tenc' to serve a productive portion of Eenai Peninsual--and <br />ould assuredly eliLlinate many of the dfficulties now compulined 0 <br />n the operation of train service to Seward. <br /> <br />I <br /> <br /> <br />Regional Planning: <br /> <br />Recommendations to the llational Resources <br />Committee. by Alaska Resources Committee. <br /> <br />The attention of Con~ress is respectfully directed to the <br />overnment publication "Regional P1b.anning", Part VII pases 24 and <br />5,TIith reference to transportation and communication needs in <br />la.ska; quoting therefrom: <br />"All vlans for the inauguration of new lines for basic forms <br />f transportation, such as freight carriers by water or land, should <br />o delayed pending the formulation of general plans for the develop~ <br />ent of Alaska and pending a beginning in the execution of such <br />'lans. This is not intended to forestall present necessary re- <br />uiremcnts. Those areas for TIhich adequate information on natural <br />esources is lacking should :'lot be tapped by speculative builc1ing <br />f railrvads or high class high'.'lays until such inforL1ation is <br />vailable. It may easily turn out that there is nothing of suffi- <br />ient present economic value to tap." <br />"Minor roads and trails are another matter. These: a.re of the <br />twost value in assisting the openinp.: of the countl;';,'. Their cost <br />s relatively low and they may be considered only an auxiliary <br />o any fundamental transportation and communicatio:'l systei:l. Once <br />need has been established for a low-cost minor road or trail, <br />onstruction cannot be begun too soon or pushed too fast. Consid- <br />rable expenditures are then warra~ted. ~;o doubt many such needs <br />ould be established today, and wherever they can be established as <br />easonably permanent, construction should be begun. <br />1I1.;hat shOUld be avoided is the construction of roads, more or <br />ess haphazardly, on the gamble that they will open up country not <br />emonstrated to be worth openini': up, or to mining cafaps not proven <br />o have more than a temporary existence. Planned road construction <br />s pal'ticularly important in the 'levelopment of Alaska in order to <br />educe to a minimum the scattering of the population over a wide <br />rea, a condition that results in an e7cessively hifh cost for <br />dequ~te gcvernment." <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />C 0 IJ C LU S I 0 11 <br /> <br /> <br />We fully recognize, and have always acquiesced in, the prin- <br />iple that the right of the individual is Gubordinate'to the rights <br />f the many, and it is possible that the life, liberty, health <br />nd happiness of the community of Seward should be turned into a <br />ragedy of faore benefit might result to other sections of Alaska; <br />ut not, however, on the possible whi'a of one official and not until <br />he dongress of the United States sees fit to amend the original <br />ailroad act by changing the Pacific Ocean terminal of the Railroad. <br />fter a full and complete inveEtL:ation of the physical and eco- <br />omical facts involved while considering the original, and present <br />urpose of the Alaska Railway. <br /> <br />I <br /> <br />Respectfully submitted, <br />TOml OF SEWil.RD, AL',SKA <br /> <br />By: <br /> <br /> <br />embers of <br />ormnon Council: <br /> <br />lv1 a y 0 r <br /> <br />above Memorial was signed by <br />the Councilmen. <br />