Southeast needs to protect its economy


January 6, 2022

The first cruise ships are less than four months away from pulling into Southeast Alaska ports. After a year of no ships in 2020, followed by a year of weak returns in 2021, the region is looking forward to a healthy number of cruise passengers this summer — maybe even a record number.

Businesses, their employees and sales tax collectors dream of a strong 2022 for a healthy rebuilding from the sickly COVID-19 economics of the past two cruise ship seasons.

The emphasis this year should be on healthy.

No cruise company is going to want to offload its passengers into a community in the midst...

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