By Willi & Kären Johannsen
February 18, 2007
Reading this letter from Charlotte just hit the nail on the head.
My feelings exactly on smokers, trash and uncleanliness of the
streets and properties. There ARE some beautiful well kept homes
in town that the owners can and do take great pride in making
the community a nicer looking place, but even when it is a "tiny"
infraction on being clean, it really detracts from the welcomeness
(is that even a word?)of the town. We should remember that Ketchikan
is one of the biggest tourist attractions in SE and the first
one on the line, so we should be extra careful about making a
good impression on those visitors from other, cleaner lands.
If everyone picks up a little, even when you didn't mess it up,
eventually the place would be clean and stay that way. Sort of
like when we train our children (and ourselves) to keep our rooms
clean or take out the garbage, even when we didn't make the garbage.
The scenery in SE is so beautiful and pristine, let's keep our
town that way too.
And on a side note, many greetings from Germany to all our friends,
relatives and fellow Ketchikanites. See you again in the Spring!
Willi & Kären Johannsen
Received February 16, 2007 - Published February 18, 2007
About: "Been a resident
and business co-owner in Ketchikan since 1967, with occassional
jaunts and sojourns to our summer home in Germany."
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