The only bridge Ketchikan
By Michael Spence
February 28, 2007
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
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
Received February 26, 2007 - Published February 28, 2006
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