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Re: Married Man's Trail
By Laurie Hodne


April 21, 2010

It was funny timing when I sat down to look at the letters to the editor and the very same subject I was debating on writing about happened to be a "peeve" for someone else. I am not a frequent hiker on Married Man's Trail, but was there when I was searching for the Easter Treasure Hunt and was appalled by the trail and its lack of upkeep. Is that City property?

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.

Laurie Hodne
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Ketchikan resident that loves to hike with my children"

Received April 19, 2010 - Published April 21, 2010


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