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Desecration Bridge
By Don Hoff Jr.


March 04, 2006
Saturday PM

Governor Frank Murkowski's family bridge to no-where is the greatest waste of Federal, State and Local tax dollar ever spent on worthless bridges in Alaska.  The citizens of America, Alaska and Ketchikan are getting screwed.  Connecting Ketchikan Bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock Island for what?  So the Murkowski family can drive over to their 33 acres of family owned land, Goldstring and Goldstone old mining sites just south of Clam Cove on Gravina Island valued at $240,000 dollars.  In my opinion, Frank and Lisa have a conflict of interest and have hidden motivations to construct a $315 million plus bridge to Gravina Island. Is this payback for years of friendship from Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and what about Frank's daughter Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)?  Lisa was in Ketchikan recently lobbying and supporting the bridge project to go forward.  Is that not a conflict?
I have a theory why these few people are pushing this bridge project.  They screwed up by not putting the projects up for a Public Vote!  Secondly, they have wasted millions of taxpayer's dollars in planning to back out without losing face.  In my opinion, a crime and our Washington D.C. delegation and State of Alaska Representatives that supported this boon-doggle bridge projects should be accountable for their mistake.  These few people have and are still wasting millions of your tax hard earned money.
The American taxpaying people said to no to the earmark bridges in Alaska.  Governor Murkowski is going to try to build this bridge to no-where by using loop holes and brain-washing tactics that these bridges are going to be built with impunity!  Tell your State Legislators to vote no on any funding to these bridges in Anchorage or Ketchikan, Alaska. 
They should name the bridge, "Desecration Bridge" not Ralph M. Bartholomew Veterans Memorial Bridge.  These few people that want this bridge have no regards to Alaska Native concerns about our Native grave sites on Pennock Island.  They are willing to break their own Federal and State laws protecting Native graves to build this bridge.  It is sick.  From stupid minds come stupid ideas. 
In closing, Ketchikan can not afford this worthless bridge to no-where.  It is going to cost more than $315 million dollars now to construct.  The hard working people in Ketchikan can not afford to pay for the hidden maintenance cost in the future.  Say No to Governor Frank Murkowski.  We don't want your bridge to be built in Ketchikan.  This is my own opinion.
Don Hoff Jr.
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About: Don Hoff Jr. is a past City Councilman and Vice Mayor - City of Ketchikan ; Past Board of Director - Ketchikan Public Utilities; Past O.S.H.A. Review Board Member - State of Alaska; Past I.R.A. Councilman - Ketchikan Indian Community.



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