LETTER: Cutting ferry runs is hazardous to island residents’ health

The federal government has designated Vashon Island as a Health Care Shortage Area. We have no hospitals, urgent care facilities or medical specialists, and unlike other areas served by WSF, we cannot drive to them. Washington State constitution designates the WSF as our marine highway, which requires access under the law.

Despite the expense, Washington state has a legal obligation to provide adequate ferry service for residents, especially with increased tourist traffic. To decrease and eliminate ferry runs, extending the length of time of ferry crossings with increased ridership is not only inconvenient, it is dangerous to the health of our residents.

— Kelly Wright, ND

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