By A. M. Johnson
January 25, 2013
There is no interest to explore the conception that it operates much as a private owned institution. Yes I can understand the frustrations of not being an open freedom of information public organization. Yes, they do operate on public funding, be it dedicated or rate generated, Yes, they seemingly operative as a closed door group. that is not my fight. The inquiries (2) were advised to discuss this with the City council members, several who are directly related as board members.
Regarding the new swimming pool, the utilities may be running 6 times the amount charged to the old pool. so $4,500.00 per month for the old pool seems low which means that the new pool is running in excess of the $28,000.00 initially stated.
Added to this is the new library, seems the utilities for the new library is running 3.3 times that of the old building. Now, remember the old building included the museum which is under consideration for conversion to house a larger museum, so that current utility cost continues and will continue as a separate charge above and beyond the new library.
One would anticipate the community's première news outlet to be a leader in such an avocation. That is not reflected. A research of the inquiry question then proved a point.
At one time the Ketchikan Daily News had a very very impressive and very well respected in all corners of the State by ranking members of the elected community, the academic community, the industrial/commercial/ and the general all around laboring/fisherman community. Lew Williams was a leader, you knew where he stood, his reputation was of the highest caliber. So when he supported the B.C.Hydro it was full throttle. He wrote editorials back when the paper's editorial writers put their names to the column and stood for the content, however with the passing, the Ketchikan Daily News format that now utilizes collaboration and consensus seemingly lacks the authority of originality or responsibility.
Below is an example of Lew Williams effort on the issue .
Often when the nights are dark and stormy this writer will lay in comfort reading a good Zane Gray western. Always in those books, the local town is controlled by a shady, bad, sneaky hombre(s). It takes a drifter gun slinger, not married, good horse, fast gun, to straighten out the town. With that analogy, perhaps a "Good Hombre" committee of the Chamber will begin exploring the potential of the B.C Hydro connection. Planning ahead to have the questions of consistent, economical energy being addressed, the effort to entice new business here using the new technology the Chamber has instituted for outside sources to access and explore what Ketchikan has to offer. (This author has suggestions for another day for that effort.)
Added electrical cost contributed to the diesel surcharge,which in many cases, is a very high cost item to a business, must be passed on to the consumer, who will be paying twice, once for the personal use of energy in residents and then again in the hidden cost of purchases.
That alone will drive local resident purchases to internet sales. Less sales tax, less inventory selection and it goes on.
Again this writer believes that there is a honest intent of concern, not a commitment to expand the solution base.
Regards to all,
About: "In my long life I've learned that it takes years to build up your reputation, and it only takes suspicion, not proof, to destroy it."
Received January 24, 2013 - Published January 25, 2013
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