A Time to Refocus
By Michael Spence
April 11, 2007
The taxpayers of mainstream USA aren't the only ones that have
been fleeced by the Gravina Project. There are thousands of Ketchikan
residents who contribute to the federal treasury and the Ketchikan
borough that have paid and will continue to pay for that blunder.
Their roads and infrastructure are a mess, the schools are in
a disarray, and it will take years to repair the damage.
While the Ketchikan borough and local leaders were fancying themselves
to be the World Bank, the Federal Treasury and a Regional Industrial
Subsidy Board, all rolled into one, there were a few details
they neglected. School maintenance and reconstruction, infrastructure
and road maintenance, and oversight of ongoing projects, to name
a few. In the name of job creation , funding was provided for
these projects but no oversight to their successful completion.
Our community leadership must re-focus. It is time to start
paying attention to the more mundane matters of a community,
not the big sexy projects that will put dollars in the pockets
of a few big campaign contributors or to satisfy the delusions
of grandeur of a few.
Received April 11, 2007 - Published April 11, 2007
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