New town or old town?
By Robert McRoberts
March 17, 2006
Here again I must voice my opinion.
The new dock expansion plan needs to be done and this is why
I say this. I spent my younger days growing up on upper Water
St. I now live south of town. Every Thursday my daughter goes
to ballet so when the weather is not poring down I go for walks
around this part of town. Some times over Millar St. some times
over Water St. The thing I notice about this part of town is
it's rotten and just falling apart. We have a real problem that
is going to hit us in a few more years. We will not be able to
drive over upper Water St. - the concrete is falling apart.
These are big panels of concrete sitting on wooden piles. On
Millar St. some are cracked in half. Our main artery, Water St.
by city float is getting repaired from underneath - just
temporary fixes. We have some real traffic problems about
to happen. We need to get something going in this part of town.
Our city will not fix any thing unless it a real danger. Yet
after seeing the condition that the road is in, amazingly garbage
trucks, oil trucks and even tour busses still use these roads
at maximum capacity. We need to bring in people to these areas
so we can address the concerns. some may argue maybe we better
not bring the people into this area so nothing will happen. But
then they will never get fixed.
Our chamber of commerce, and
many others supports our, probably not going to happen,
bridge. Yet these people are not being told that they are not
going to have any roads left to get down town. I still feel these
are way bigger priorities than being able to drive over to the
airport. way more local workers working on jobs that pay
40 to 50 an hour.
Back to my observation of Newtown,
or should I say rotten town. As you walk along and look around
nearly every building is rotted out. I can see every local contractor
getting a shot at repairing or totally replacing every building
that has not been done in the last few years. As we know,
the local contractors work all year round. making for more year
round jobs. I am not saying this just for my benefit but for
are city's future. The only way this part of town is going
to get repaired is if we go ahead with this dock plan. It's all
However, it just amazes me
how they say it will generate taxes. It's like a race. The more
they get, the more they spend foolishly. They are never going
to be happy. It must be a greed problem, we all get it.
As we do better, we spoil ourselves with things to make our lives
easer but then we find our self working harder to pay for them.
But they say we will not have to pay for this thing. Which make
sense - the industry is supporting itself.
So I say do it. At least my
opinion just got heard - more than many of yours.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: About: Robert McRoberts moved to Ketchikan at the
age of 9. He has been involved with logging and construction.
He owns & operates a local business.
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