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Direction Please!
By James Schenk


February 03, 2009
Tuesday PM

Thank you for this forum, I enjoy its content and our citizens participation in community concerns. What I don't understand is why all the negativity? If this forum is available why not utilize it to build our community, rather than criticize its failings? When you build something you take into account what that something's strengths and weaknesses are. Then you begin to find ways to change the weakness to strength.

What has happened to this place has happened here before and in many places in America it is happening to communities for the first time in our history. I challenge all of you to use this forum and talking to your neighbors and friends, your policemen, firemen,council members begin a process of re-building our community into something we can show the rest of our State and Country, that there is hope when business leaves, when hope wains, when people attack other people and themselves because of losses and despair in their own lives and job's.

This little town has always had a sordid past, and a bright creative spirit filled side,(I would guess because all the time we have spent inside in inclement weather) I challenge everyone who reads this, to come to this forum, or one of your choosing, and begin to make a record a living document of what is good about Ketchikan, what was good in the past, and most important, any ideas or thoughts, on how we can all make this the community, we all dream of it being.

To quote one of my heroes," I may be a dreamer but I'm not the only one", let's all put our heads together like the way all communities through history have built themselves, together we are always stronger than alone. Have hope and faith, and believe in yourselves, then others will follow, these our our main building blocks and if no one else seems to want to listen or care what you say about our town, just remember our Governor has labeled our town as "Nowhere", how easy is it, to come out of nowhere and build a community that everyone see's as the place to be!

Thanks for being someone from Ketchikan.


James Schenk
Ketchikan, AK

About: "I am a resident of Ketchikan, I came here 50 years ago, and I am not happy when I must leave for work in other states, so that I can afford to remain living here!"

Received February 01, 2009 - Published February 03, 2009



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