Must We Squabble Over Everything?
By Marie L Monyak
February 09, 2006
There is a family in town that lost their home and everything
within, the day of the jet crash in Ketchikan. There are those
whose trailer was only damaged and owners of two vehicles that
were totaled. A man lost his life.
There should not be a contest or arguments to decide who gets
attention and who doesn't or whose tragedy is worse or more mentionable.
I applaud Jennifer Brewer for letting the readers know about
the Credit Union One fund that was set up for the Mestas family
as well as the City and Borough Mayors for issuing proclamations
for Butch Freeman.
I covered the jet crash story as a freelance writer and after
spending hours in the cold blowing snow and rain I sat at my
computer and did my research. I thought long and hard about
what to write.
I thought about the Mestas family that lost their home. I knew
that in true Ketchikan fashion, the friends and family of the
Mestas would come to their aid and the community would help.
The Ketchikan High School students already have donation canisters
in the stores. Perhaps there could be a spaghetti feed at one
of the clubs and a fund raiser of sorts. We always help our
own. I felt certain that friends of the Mestas would carry the
torch and see to it that the family got the help they so badly
need. Or so I thought.
And then I considered the man that lost his life, a man no one
in Ketchikan knew, that spent the last few moments of his life
right here. I knew that because Ketchikan didn't know him, he
would be but a fleeting memory. As the pilot, his name would
be reported and soon forgotten.
As a result I made little mention of the Mestas family but I
took the time to tell Ketchikan who Butch Freeman was so he could
be remembered. As Vicki O Brien said, He died. His family
lost a father, husband, son and brother, never to be seen again.
Those who survived this tragedy and only lost material possessions
still have their lives and each other.
A home, a car, belongings can all be replaced. A life cannot.
We have paid our tribute to Butch Freeman and honored him, rightfully
so. Now it's time for the community to do what it does best
and that's taking care of our own.
Instead of complaining that one tragedy got more attention than
another, how about if we just move forward and do what is necessary
to help our neighbor? Andrew Hamilton said we aren't putting
enough effort into taking care of our own citizens. Then let's
do what needs done and stop talking about it.
I have been told that Mr. Mestas was a member of the Harley Riders
Association which happens to be an extremely benevolent organization
in our town. So, Harley Riders, Jennifer Brewer, Andrew Hamilton,
let's get the ball rolling. Is there a planned fundraiser in
the works? What is being done other than the account at Credit
Union One and the donation cans placed around town by Ketchikan
High School students?
Let's stop squabbling and do something. I for one, am done talking,
I'm ready to volunteer, how about you, Ketchikan?
Marie L Monyak
Ketchikan, AK - USA
is right and just By Vicki O'Brien - Ketchikan, AK - USA
Mentality of This Town By Lynne Miller - Ketchikan, AK -
of this town By Andrew Hamilton - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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