World Port, Superintendent,
By Robert McRoberts
April 16, 2007
I have been generating some serious brain waves on the subject
of Prince Rupert becoming a world port. I am really surprised
Tongass Conservation is for this as is the Chamber of Commerce.
I feel that there is only one way that Ketchikan can capitalize
on that and that's because of our airport.
I can not see how we could
operate any kind of interception of freight. These containers
all have to go to sort yards to be broken up for their distributors.
Once things come into the U.S., they're searched and sent on
to the closet distributors and then sent to Alaska by a U.S.
port by longshoremen. Ketchikan could never handle any kind of
sort yard and inspection yard as cheap as it can be done in Seattle.
Yes we could ship a few exports. I have been to Dutch Harbor
and have seen what it takes. If you cannot handle a logging road,
how could you take all the ship traffic killing all the whales
and such that live out of sight below the water level? But heck
you proudly love the tour ships coming down the channel like
a big blender copping and mulching.
If Ketchikan had road access
to Petersburg and Canada, we would have a better chance for something
to happen here - that's the way it looks to me.
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Now here is a thought on the Harry Martin story: I really do
not know why Superintendent Harry was fired, but I can tell you
this, he had to have known every single kid by name and most
of the parents that showed up for their kids things. We well
never replace him very easily. No Superintendent will ever be
perfect. I can tell Harry is a reader and not a ball player.
It takes a lot of running to keep up with people who think they
can say what's good for other peoples children. It seems the
only two who thought not to fire Harry were the only ones who
actually had kids in the system. I just hope it wasn't an ego
thing since he was so highly paid and Superintendent of the Year.
I say keep Harry and no more big raises.
All this talk about reading brings me to the library issue. Move
the museum. The library is in a good place to sit back and study.
No great views of the channel to distract your reading just the
steady roar of the creek. The city should buy the Dawson property
downtown and put a museum there. All the tourist could get there
much easier and surely in time to do other things. Not much would
be needed for parking since most people will be walk-ins. Its
ground level and handicapped accessible. Let that property start
paying back its cost - if it can help maintain the cost of living
get it up front.
Received April 16, 2007 - Published April 16, 2007
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.
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