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Gravina Bridge Cost Jumps
by Don Hoff Jr.


February 05, 2005

The great white father, Governor Frank Murkowski announced at a Chamber of Commerce awards banquet in Ketchikan, Alaska that there will be an increase of an additional $85 million Federal taxpayer dollars to the $230 million dollars to a grand total of $315 million dollars for the boon-doggle bridge to no-where from Ketchikan to Gravina Island via Pennock Island.

The bridge is going up and so is the price, said Governor Frank. I know there are some who say the reason why it's gone up because some of the folks who write this stuff don't want it to happen. That doesn't make a lot of sense? It is a stupid idea Frank to build a bridge with no population on Gravina Island. You have not given a valid reasons why we need to build a bridge to Gravina Island in the first place. The project has been a priority for many business and community leaders in Ketchikan and a subject of criticism nationally. Rightly so, you are asking the American tax payers to spend $315 million dollars of our hard earn money to pay for a bridge so that a few opulent people can drive over.

You are asking your daughter, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young in Washington D.C. for a $175 million dollars appropriation for the proposed bridge project in Ketchikan. Knowing it is not enough but half the amount needed for the proposed bridge. What a big Con job on Alaskans and the American people that is going on in Washington D.C.

President George Bush in his State of the Union speech said he is going to cut the Federal Deficit by half by 2009. How is the pork barrel spending on a proposed bridge in Ketchikan going to help your President in reducing government spending Frank?

From the 20/20 show on Friday, January 28, John Stossel Takes on Myths, Lies and Nasty Behavior. Ketchikan proposed bridge project was number 6 on the show for pork barrel spending and wasting tax payer's hard earned money.

U.S. Congress needs to cut Rep. Don Young , Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Governor Frank Murkowski's funding for the proposed bridge project in Ketchikan, Alaska. It is a big waste of my and your federal tax dollars we have a huge national debt to pay for and a war in Iraq that is up to $280 Billion dollars.

In closing, we don't want a bridge built and there is no need for a bridge in Ketchikan, Alaska. I believe it is going to be a hard sell in this Congress and to the American people to give $315 million dollars to a proposed bridge to no-where. This is my own opinion.

Don Hoff Jr.
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Related News:

audio Listen to this KRBD story... The state cost estimate for a proposed bridge between Ketchikan and its airport has shot up by $85 million. As Deanna Garrison reports, the revised cost estimate was made public just one day after ABC's 20/20 aired a story Friday criticizing the scope and need of the project.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio - January 31, 2005



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