By Laurie Hodne
April 21, 2010
Tourists are not my favorite attraction to Ketchikan in the summer, but by the way this trail/ City Street has been allowed to be not only a dumping ground for trash, empty liquor bottles and beer cans. I am embarrassed to have people that are here visiting have this as a reflection of our community. I thought to myself, "aren't people paid to maintain city property? And I really hope something is done to clean this up before summer."
Don't get me wrong, I am just as willing as the next person to pitch in and help a good cause, but seriously I thought there were workers paid to tend to these kind of things. I am proud of this City and I used to work in the tour industry myself and heard first hand the comments tourists would make and the wondering that they had in why it appears in certain areas we did not seem to care about the appearance of things or our property.
Just because we live on this Island and outsiders cannot seem to fathom "how in the world we live here" and "stay by choice", let's not give them reason to think we do not care about where we live.
If I am wrong, and the trail
is not City property, I would be more than willing to take part
in a clean up for the sake of community pride so the tourists
are not left with the impression that we are all slobs, if someone
else IS being paid for the maintenance, please do so. Thank you.
About: "Ketchikan resident that loves to hike with my children"
Received April 19, 2010 - Published April 21, 2010
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