It's that time again...
by Dr. Peter York
March 28, 2004
Well, the summer tourist season is almost here - - and time for
Ketchikan to again prostitute itself to the cruise and tourist
industry influx. This makes one wonder just how many more new
"jewelry stores" will take over downtown this year.
But at least the tourists will have the opportunity to experience
(insert a drum roll at this point) "The Aquarium being built"
- RIGHT? [Can anybody even account for all the monies collected
for this endeavor, or its "business-as-usual" at the
Outsiders flock in and sell their trashy trinkets and gewgaws.
After the season is over they blow this burg, leaving behind
boarded-up storefronts and taking their profits with them - -
while the powers-to be debate if to board-up the windows from
the outside or the inside. [Based on what makes the town look
less abandoned .]
And you may as well fool yourself into thinking that the "city
fathers" are in control and know exactly how much taxes/monies
are collected from these "carnies" and put back into
I don't know what to feel more - - sadness, or disgust, with
what Ketchikan has turned into. And to top it off, unfortunately,
Ketchikan isn't even a high-class floozy!
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Dr. Peter York
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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