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Guest Editorial: Treat ferry system like a business


The Alaska Marine Highway System should become — at least in part — a private enterprise.

AMHS has been in business for 50 years; like most businesses, it’s had its problems and it’s even come up with solutions within the realm of possibilities. But, its biggest problem, as many Alaskans have known for some time, is that its ever-changing executive doesn’t make for a consistently charted course.

A new governor means a new state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities commissioner and deputy commissioners for the ferry system — every four to eight years.

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