Last week I received a pamphlet in the mail, seems the politicans are gearing up again for another go-around, this one was from our local representitives, wanting ideas on developing the Alaskan economy. Keep as much money in the state as possible was my two cents. What is interesting, as related by a friend that he whitnessed first hand when a Princess tours bus broke down on the edge of a small town, the buss driver wouldent allow any the passengers to use the gas station restroom or venture over to a small diner near by the road, he was scared for his job because the standing order is never to let tourist's loose to spend there dollars outside the Princess clutches, seems Princess bought a good size lodge at Denali (how is that possible?) they pay a useage fee, they bring in canned trips, keeping the tourists under pretty tight supervision(captive tourism)is a mild way of putting it, any money they spend on the trip isn't leaching into the local economy its all funneled back to the Princess cruise line company. Tourists are not allowed outside access to whats Alaskan, just what Princess offers, you sleep in there lodgings, travel on ther buses, eat ther food, buy only there suvioners if it dosnt come from the Princess supply chain its off menu. This is just one of many ways money is slipping away from Alaska, Kinda frosts me how a big business can come in and take over crowding out the small guy. Kinda like Walmart of the tourist trade. Control where the money goes, some should stay here dont ya think?