"Bridge to Nowhere"
By Robert D. Warner
February 28, 2007
Dear Sitnews Editor
In a recent Sitnews letter by Pete Ellis, there is continued
promotion of Ketchikan's now famous "Bridge to Nowhere."
He associates (and perhaps confuses) this project with "developing
transportation and communication corridors for the benefit of
all of Alaska, including the local areas directly affected."
What are these wonderful benefits and who is going to pay for
them? Who is going to benefit besides special interest groups
that own property on Gravina? Why do we build more roads when
we cannot properly maintain the ones we already have? Do our
citizens really understand the tremendous cost of this scheme
and how it will impact future taxes that we must pay? What are
the secondary costs taxpayers will be expected to pay for this
land rush into the muskeg?
Is it about time to end this shallow thinking that "the
bridge" is "our road to the future?" Most taxpayers
in this country demand that pork barrel spending like this must
be stopped and then eliminated. Funds are urgently needed for
worthy projects such as health care, law enforcement, and education.
Today Ketchikan citizens have a fine opportunity to improve their
community's tarnished image by speaking out against wasteful
endevors that confuse development with progress.
Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, Ak 99901-5738
Received February 27, 2007 - Published February 28, 2006
About: "Retired UAS Faculty
and 35 year Resident of Ketchikan"
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