Letter to the Editor
Dec. 9, 2012
To the editor:
Sept. 11, 2001, has created much needed scrutiny of the travel habits of undesirables. However, it has also created numerous inconveniencies for American citizens. My personal issue is that an Alaskan who has a record cannot travel through Canada.
My specific complaint is that I had an incident with a neighbor and was falsely accused of driving under the influence. As I was unaware of why the local authorities were conducting a custodial interrogation of me, I refused to give them a breathalyzer. My public defender told me that I could win the DUI charge, but not the charge of failure to breathe. If convicted on both counts, that would have meant two DUIs, as they are equal penalties under the law.
Alaska has apparently opened its records to Canadian authorities. I have since learned that Canada will not allow a person to travel through Canada for a 10-year period for any such type indiscretion. What that means is you are landlocked and have only two means of travel — flying or the ferry.
This is a complete injustice and should be rectified. Call your local and state representatives. I do not know what sort of squeeze we have put on the Canadians, but we should have the right of travel to our own country. As I recall, we built the damn highway. This issue needs to be addressed, as there are numerous Alaskans landlocked by their 10-year moratorium. Very upset.