by Robert McRoberts
March 06, 2005
OK the staging area is a another big no brainier. Here in Ketchikan we have to move big things from one end of town to the other. Very often we have wide loads. We can not get by these people and their buses very easy. It is a highway is it not? The state only allows these moves at certain times, why make it harder on traffic. I really hate the big butt of that eagle. That corner should be fixed so our tires will stay off the side walk there. But the ones I have said things to say that there is a lot of power things there. So what. Put a bridge over them. I wanted to go complain about this but I worked in the rain all day and have a family and did not have the time to hang out there. This is the best way for most of us to make our points. It is too bad most of you are too afraid someone will not agree with you. Carl you haul more big stuff than all of us. What do you say?
You big engineers can make all these designs but you leave out function. If you're going to build another dock for these big boats build it north and fill in behind it and under the road that the state is spending millions on to keep it standing. Most all of the rock that came off Third Avenue could have been used. We need to make projects work together and reduce the cost. But if we did something like that we would give lots of room for staging and every thing else. Something like that could even give all of Ketchikan's smaller contractors work. Seems like the only projects with big price tags get out and the big boys take everything leaving nothing for the smaller local contractors. Sure they give use some hauling jobs but you have to be an owner-operator to make a dime. But I am rambling on. The point is, it is not what the cruise lines like - it's what good for us. If you block the cannery and they close up, then there are a lot of low income families that can not buy things for their families. These people wait for that time of year to buy their things. They shop locally because they do not make enough to fly south and shop like you high rollers. Port security is another reason, how close do you want these ships to our community's fuel supply? What happens if we get hit by another big attack and the tourist quit coming and we are stuck with nothing? The gold rush is over.
Eric thank you for showing us how many do live here. Most people do not see them all. I think the University is at fault by not helping out in keeping our state working at its best - meaning selling logs locally. I just saw how they wasted their money putting windows in the old bowling ally. There used to be parking and now you can not even drive up to the front door to let someone out. Removing the mural was a great blow to art. That was once the best mural in town. How many trees did that take?
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