RE: Horrible Roads
By Zac Young
January 23, 2009
You should be ashamed of your selfish nature, Ms Lawrence. What
did the City of Ketchikan do to deserve such bashing from you?
Do you not remember waking up 3 days in a row with massive amounts
of snow on your car, in your yard, and on the roads? Do you
not remember EVERYONE in town saying (something to the effect
of) "WOW!! I can't remember ever getting this much snow
in such a short amount of time!" ??? Do you remember just
the previous week seeing how a city the size of Seattle WA was
handling the massive amount of snow, no doubt from the same storm
that brought us our "Winter Wonderland?" The whole
of Southern Southeast Alaska was in the same boat that you and
I were in. A WHOLE DAMN LOT OF SNOW!!
Of course there was a berm in the middle of the road for a few
days!! The same way that if your house burned down, or your
car got wrecked, or you boat sank, it would undoubtedly remain
that way for at least a few days until the logistics could get
worked out so something could be done!! I, for one, am a BIG
FAN of the winter time. But I also realize that many do not like
or enjoy the snow. I have but one thing to say to you....YOU
LIVE IN ALASKA! SNOW HAPPENS!
Now, had the city cleared the roads the first night we had snow,
(assuming, of course, that the city had enough equipment and
manpower to get ALL the snow removed on the first night), they
would have been out the 2nd, and 3rd, and 4th and 5th nights
of snowfall, basically wasting time each night. The snow storm
was scheduled to last at LEAST 3 days!! By waiting for the brunt
of the storm to pass, the city saved money, they allowed the
equipment operators and laborers time to rest up and be in proper
health and mindset to properly complete the job of snow removal,
and lastly, they saved money!! (Oh yeah I already mentioned that.)
As far as I am concerned, "The Berm" was a wonderful
addition to the Holiday season. I see it like this. Because of
"The Berm", 3 things happened. 1.) People slowed down
in their annual holiday rush to get last minute gifts and to
get to Aunt So and So's before the turkey got cold. 2.) It added
a little festive look so Ketchikan did indeed have a "White
Christmas", and 3.) It added a safety cushion to me and
my loved ones in my vehicle, should we encounter a drunk driver
out on the road. That berm would have saved my life, and yours,
and anyone else who may have been hit head on by someone who
had a little too much Egg Nog!!
So, you see, Ms. Lawrence, the City is not at ALL deserving of
the low blow you dealt to it, but rather very worthy of the kudos
and congratulations of a job well done for what I like to call
"The Perfect Holiday Storm!"
Good On Ya, City of Ketchikan!! I'm proud of you for the work
About: "4 year Ketchikan
Resident, Life Long Alaskan"
Received January 22, 2009 -
Published January 23, 2009
roads.... By Jennie Lawrence
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