by Neil Gray
March 29, 2004
While I do not live in Ketchikan now, I still have many friends there, and I have a deep attachment to the town. I like it well enough to have moved there three different times.
I don't believe Dr. York has any concept of what Ketchikan is about. It's about survival. A town trying to replace the disappearance of what I mentioned earlier about timber and fishing. No matter where you go when tourism is involved, you're going to have the outsiders with their "gewgaws" move in to take advantage of what's available. By the same token, you have the stores with a long history of quality and long standing community ties. I'd name some but I'd offend some by leaving them off my list. Good friends of mine have gone out of business because of those economic changes.
Dr. York's epistle was very scathing towards Ketchikan. So, rather than rip the town apart, why not figure out some way to get involved to help make things better?
Kevin, you got it right. Most people, in cases where they feel "sadness, or disgust" will try to help out. The ferry does indeed sail South, just as it sailed North. This isn't a "love it or leave it" response, but it could be taken that way I guess. I'm just standing up for a community I love and the people I respect. And again, every town has government issues. So, concentrate on that with your solutions and try to help out. Run for City Council. Or..... maybe you don't care.
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