by Neil Gray
April 19, 2004
The article about the proposed Gravina bridge also appeared in
the San Diego Union Tribune. I cut it out and read it over several
times for a few days before I finally threw it out. Some of
it miffed me a little because I assumed the writer was of East
Coast origin, and like most of them back there , have no intelligent
knowledge of Alaska or Ketchikan. Point is, how long has this
bridge question been going on? - 20 years? Every year the cost
gets higher, the discussions keep going, and there's never any
resolve. I'm sure Don Young's intentions are good. I've known
Don since the days he first ran for Congress against the late
Nick Begich. But, isn't it time to maybe just drop the idea
of the bridge? Think of the pristine aesthetics of the Tongass
Narrows that will be lost by the high spans of a bridge. Time
marches on, but to save the "personality" of Ketchikan,
why not just leave things as they are? When I lived there I
was very much in favor of a bridge, yet, something inside of
me kept insisting I was wrong. Now, I'm not so sure it's a good
idea. I'm sure there are other areas that money could be used.
On the lighter side (I couldn't
let this go...!), why not use some of that money to set up a
dating service for those young ladies and gentleman who find
it difficult to find a "respectable" mate in Ketchikan?
And yes, congratulations Charles and Patti Ann.
Lakeside, OR - USA
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