Veto the Bridge Project
by Don Hoff Jr.
April 09, 2004
Representative Don Young (R) is going to vote to override President
George W. Bush veto if the Transportation funding legislation.
President George W. Bush will veto the Transportation Equity
Act Bill if it is over $256 billion. I am not a republican,
but going against your own party is not a good idea. Rep. Don
Young says the Transportation Equity Act Bill contains $125 million
for a Ketchikan Boondoggle Bridge to Gravina Island via Pennock
Why are you spending my tax dollars for a few opulent people
can drive to the airport. The bridge will not stop the downward
spiral economy of Ketchikan. Whom is going to pay for the bridge
to no-where after it is constructed? If you think your going
to get a bridge that will cost over $230 million to build for
free, you are sadly mistaken. Borough wide, you might be pushing
13,000 residents now. I will predict within 10 years from now
the population will 8 or 9 thousand residents to pay for the
bridge in the end. Another question, who really wants this bridge?
Why? You have about 400 property owners on Gravina Island and
Pennock Island total. Most of them could care less about a bridge.
They move there to get away from urban environment and privacy.
So, you have a handful of exploiters that want this bridge built
that is just stupid. Ketchikan may want to re-think consolidation
issue also. Most of you folks will be paying for a bridge you
can not use.
We have a war in Iraq to pay for. Pork-barrel spending? Sure
is Rep. Don Young.
I am Indigenous to Ketchikan and surrounding area, including
Metlakatla. My Great Grandfather is George Williams (Taan ta
Kwaan-Tlingit). Metlakatla was a Tlingit village before the
first Tsimsheans arrived. My Grandfather (Ya Ya) is Herman Ridley
(Tsimpshean-Killer Whale House). My Grandmother is Martha Williams
(Taan ta kwaan-Tlingit). My Indian name was given to me by
Albert Davis, Chief of the Coho (Raven) Clan in Sitka, Alaska.
Albert gave me his name that he was born with Aan Kadax Tseen
at Marge Katzeek Potlatch in Haines, Alaska some years ago.
I am from the Gaanaxidi Clan, Yei l Hit (Raven House) Taan ta
Kwaan (Tongass Tribe). I know my history and who I am, consider
myself a traditionalist.
The proposed Bridge to Pennock
Island. Pennock Island is a Tribal burial
grounds. Tlingits, Haidas, Tsimsheans and poor non-natives (white
people) were also buried on Pennock Island. Desecrating Indian
graves and knowing that they are there is what I can not understand.
Bull dozers, belly dumps and track hoes plowing up my and your
ancestors for a bridge? Is this something you support, Rep.
In closing, I don't really
care if you build your bridge to Gravina Island but not via Pennock
Island. This is my own opinion.
Don Hoff Jr.
Gaanax i di Clan
Yei l hit
Taan ta Kwaan
Hixson, TN - USA
Related news story:
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Congressman Don Young says he wishes more Alaska projects had
made it into the massive $275 billion highway funding bill passed
by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. As Deanna Garrison
reports, Alaska's Representative says the transportation bill
has so much support in Congress that a veto by President Bush
could be overridden by lawmakers.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio
- Friday - April 09, 2004
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