As an life long Alaskan, I wish the author had taken time to do some research and talk to some locals (as in year-round residents) to get her facts straight.
First of all, Whittier can hardly be considered a ghost town. 223 year round residents is a decent population size when you consider that there are villages in the state that have less than 50 residents. Whittier may have some abandoned buildings, but there are people who live there year round. Not only is there a thriving tourist industry, Whittier is also an important fishing port for the Prince William Sound salmon fishery. In fact, my father just spent the summer working out of Whittier for one of the fish processors. In addition, Whittier is a point of call on the Alaska Marine Highway. Trust me they wouldn't stop if it was a "abandoned" town.
My second issue is with Tim's assertion that the state of Alaska has a huge budget surplus and the state can't spend the money fast enough. This is BS. The state has been facing budget shortfalls and it has been made worse by the tax cuts given to the oil companies by Parnell (Alaska's Governor). A little research could have easily uncovered this fact. I'll be the first to admit that the AK politics are rather crazy, corrupt and hard to untangle at times, but the information is available.
It is easy to stereotype Alaska. The state is huge and the population is small. And indeed if you go looking for the cliches you have heard about, you will find them. But Alaska is so much more than the that. All it takes is stepping outside your comfort zone.