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Cost of Living in Ketchikan
By Lewis Amundson


March 28, 2011

I have read the letters about the cost of living in Ketchikan and I have to say that it is not just high costs for electric, heat and rent. We live in a cornered market from bad doctors to poor airlines. I have lived here for 31 years - more than most and I'm getting tired of being walked on and have some big issues with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. We pay high prices for every thing purchased locally -- their answer is we have to ship everything in. So is that why I would have to pay $250 dollars for a pair of work boots purchased locally and could buy the same boots from Big J's out of Washington for $160 dollars? Don't try to tell me it costs that much to ship a pair of boots.

I think a lot of people lost sight on what we are about. I wonder what we should do because without the local shoppers the local businesses are nothing. It's time to stand up and be accounted for the high prices -- KPU, KGH, Alaska Air!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got something to say? Call me -- but Ketchikan is my home. My family has been here for a very long time and I'm positive I'm not the only person who feels this way. We have to do something about the high prices.

It would be nice to be able to afford to eat after paying bills on payday. How's your dinner?

"The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves"-- power comes in numbers.

Lewis Amundson
Ketchikan, AK


Received March 26, 2011 - Published March 28, 2011



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