Natural Gas, logging, roads
and so on.
By Robert McRoberts
March 12, 2007
Why do ideas have to come to my head? Is a natural gas line so
important that we can not come up with a better way? Well how
about something that can last many life times. The other day
watching the news they showed them just burning off the gas like
a big torch. My thought! We're just wasting the stuff. Why are
we not burning the gas on location to power large electrical
plants and selling power? I am very much sure we could power
are whole state from the waste and for years on end. Free power.
We're going to give it away so the oil companies make billions
in profits. Then what's left over could be sold online to the
east coast, they could then heat with electricity instead of
wasting billions on a gasline we really can not afford to buy.
Run power lines it's a whole lot cheaper. I bet you combine the
hydro sources and gas we could power most of the U.S. - clean
power and no global warming, unless it's being powered from all
I can understand that the state government can over look such
possible long term money just as they allow round log exportation
of our timber like we do not need more worker jobs here. Export
for the fast buck. Our own state university sells property so
low, that it only took the first two loads of logs to pay for
the property leaving at least a hundred more loads to put into
one lucky guy's pockets. Then when we would like one piece of
beach front property to enjoy they say they want more money.
What's up with that? Look at the resources we are just sending
off to some other place. If we refined our own oil and sold it
to Washington pre-refined you know they would never try to put
a hundred dollar fee on shipping containers, because they would
be sent back loaded with barrels of refined oils, and other products.
kiln dried lumber and I bet you're thinking of many other things.
Heck we have been selling ourselves out for the fast buck. I
wouldn't be surprised if the reason it's getting like that is
because there are a lot of people getting ready for retirement
and they do not care much for our future.
Now I know retirement is a well deserved service but that is
one thing that is going to wipe government out. We can not afford
to pay for all the people who only serve for a short time and
get benefits for years. I took the choice to become a small business
owner and I have to take care of my own. I keep telling my daughter
that some day she may have to take care of me. And in all other
countries they take care of their elders. But yet we Americans
are too proud.
Back to things I can do something
about. I would of liked to voice my opinion at the TLMP meeting
the other day but I was concentrating on getting some money in
my account so I can keep living here. As I have written a few
years ago, leave Gravina alone. We should be concentrating on
the roads out of town and off the island. If only we could drive
to Petersburg there would only be the need for one ferry servicing
the northern panhandle and one servicing the lower state. We
would not need to keep wasting money on Prince Rupert. One ferry
could be left to pimp the runs when one boat needs repairs or
maintenance. Oh but that makes scents, but it requires different
organizations to work together.
Well I can go on and on but nothing changes unless I make a effort.
So I've been joking with friends about running for Mayor of the
KGB. Not one person said they would not vote for me. So I think
I should. The only problem is I see so many things that need
to changed here and that could be overwhelming. Ketchikan has
lost so much respect from other communities. You ever notice
the statewide news channels will not even report Ketchikan's
temperatures? But with the attitude that we care nothing about
spending four-hundred million on a bridge to nowhere, I can see
why. I just wonder what the new airport ferry is going to be
like, hope the cabin is not in the middle of the deck so we can
take things to Gravina with out having to balance out the load
with other heavy trucks and so on. We will never get the bridge
of choice if we down-graded to a bridge that left from what will
soon be the old IFA ferry terminal to Boat Wreck island. Tell
the ships to go around. Oh, but that might take twenty minutes
out of their shopping time. Well if you think I might make a
good Mayer, let me know I don't want to be wasting time and money
I don't have. But we all know we're on a sinking ship.
Received March 08, 2007 - Published March 12, 2007
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