Opinion: Second-class citizens

On closure of the Steep Creek trail out at the Mendenhall Glacier.

Thanks for the July 10 article and subsequent opinion piece on closure of the Steep Creek trail out at the Mendenhall Glacier. After reading the op-ed I went to the glacier and asked a National Forest Service ranger if it was true that the trail was closed to the public (like Juneau residents) but being used by private tour groups (cruise ship visitors on a shore tour). I respect the need to protect the bears, but who will protect Juneau residents from being made second-class citizens in their own town? Looks like the cruise ship folks get downtown AND the run of the glacier for the nicest half of the year.

Laura Fleming,

Juneau


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