City Council and Borough
Assembly: Listen to the public
By Charles Edwardson
April 30, 2008
To the citizens of Ketchikan, everyone including myself has the
responsibility to vote in our public officials, and to run for
public office if we think we can do a better job.
I am constantly amazed and puzzled at the city council and borough
assembly members' lack of foresight and seemingly lack of judgment
-- and after they win their appointment, apparently their sudden
lack of the ability to think for themselves. .
Selling KPU is not a good idea and was voted down by the public,
but supported by the city council,
Remodeling White Cliff was voted down by the public, but supported
by the borough assembly.
These are only two examples of public officials not doing what
the public wants. I'll not even go into the library or the veneer
Next time at the polls, let's
either run or elect someone who has the nerve and the foresight
to think of Ketchikan residents first.
And to Mr. Willis who wrote
his thoughts about the upper management who wants to sell KPU
and get out of Dodge City (or I should say Dawson City), you
are right on the mark. Our public officials are easily swayed
by staff recommendations and the staff they are listening to
are not going to be here in Ketchikan long term. Those of us
that plan on being here for the long haul need to be a little
more selective on Election Day. And to support Jerilyn Lester's
comments "enough is enough". Public officials I urge
you to listen to the public.
"Can not stop writing
Sitnews. As I said before the podium is a waste of time. Our
officials are in the habit of saying what you want to hear, but
voting the way they are told to vote by their staff. This was
the way it was in one organization I belonged to and when I was
elected, the first thing we did as a council after many hours
of contemplation was come to the realization that we the council
ran the show and we fired everyone and started over. It worked."
Received April 29, 2008 - Published April 30, 2008
KPU SALE AND LIQUIDATION By Scott Willis
Mill "Maintenance" By Jerilyn Lester
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