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The only bridge Ketchikan needs...
By Michael Spence


February 28, 2007
Wednesday AM

One does not have to be an environmentalist to know that a tree-laden landscape offers more lasting benefits to a community than another industrial wasteland in your backyard.

Nor do you have to be an economist to know the pointlessness of giving millions and millions of dollars in public handouts to sustain the same well-connected but failing businesses, year after year after year.

You don't have to be a geographer to look at a map and know there is more land for development on Revillagigedo Island than on Gravina.

And you don't have to be a social scientist to know there is something wrong in a community whose leaders lobby federal and state government for hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate welfare, while leaving the community on its own to scratch for a few dollars for a senior center, or school repairs, or to fix the badly neglected sidewalks and roads.

The only bridge Ketchikan needs is one between its leaders and its people.


Michael Spence
Ketchikan, AK

Received February 26, 2007 - Published February 28, 2006




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