By James J. Schenk
February 03, 2008
I do not know how we as a town can continue to improve our community business structure if we do not empower people to get started easily. If we expect this town to pull itself up by its bootstraps, and continue to be a viable town that doesn't shutter itself up in winter like Skagway, then we must collectively begin to take our Town back from Big business and inadequate government stewardship and show the millions of people that wish to see our true paradise for what it is and should always remain! People come here for a place to get away, an adventure in wilder areas than they are used to. Lets get smart and get back to that Last Frontier that drew so many of you here today. Build your own future here with what God has given us, let's stop whining about the Mill and reinvent our forest and coastline and town, before the forest lets it all be cut down and we lose what no one in the world has but us.
A theme town may sound crazy but tell that to towns like Solvang California,Lahaina Maui, Leavenworth Washington,etc... people do not come to Alaska to go Jewelry shopping or shuttled around like cattle. They all come to have a unique life experience in the Last Frontier, we can all co-operate and create exactly the view of Ketchikan that will sustain their memories, by utilizing and not de-facing what we already have. Why don't we have a gondola tram from Fawn mountain to the top of deer mountain, why has the Forest service removed trails from commercial operators availability rather than build new ones. Making our natural environment more accessible to travelers is what is going to build our viable sustainable year round economy!
In sincere rainforest fellowship,
James J. Schenk
Received February 03 - Published February 03, 2008
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