An Open Letter to the Borough and City Councils of Ketchikan
By Teri J. Wilson
April 27, 2015
What have you done for us, the people who live here year around?!? Have you collected all the sales tax from those jewelry stores who pop up every year?
I want you all to cite one crime caused by cigarettes! There are no fights, stabbings, robberies, or domestic violence due to cigarettes or cigarette smoking, but for weeks now I’ve read all the horrors caused by alcohol. Our police force is inundated with criminals of the system who use drugs and alcohol, they are doing a great job nailing those people selling drugs. The jail is and has been FULL! Yet, Ketchikan can only recently boast a 12-bed treatment facility. We need one for 150. AND you need to tax alcohol! I know that most of you drink, and although you don’t cause problems for the police, you can afford to pay higher taxes on your booze. Maybe THEN we can afford the things Ketchikan really needs, more industry, more focus on Ketchikan people and less on the tourists!
If you have the power to tax cigarettes, then you have the power to tax alcohol (they are both covered by ATF, ALCOHOL, Tobacco and Firearms). Must be important if alcohol is listed FIRST!
Many businesses have CHOSEN to eliminate smoking, as is their right. It is also MY right NOT to support those businesses!
Now that pot is “legal,” how do you plan on administrating it. How much tax will be charged on that? It has more carcinogens than cigarettes! Do you have tests for driver’s who are under the influence of pot? Frankly, if someone’s been smoking pot, I don’t want them to drive!
I am sick and tired of being part of a group that you are trying to tax out of existence! I am a smoker and have been for years, I have three perfectly healthy children who were of higher than average birth weight! I am fed up with taxes and being a target for misinformation! If you want to tax something, tax alcohol, the one legal drug that is accessible to children (how many have we lost over the years in alcohol-related crashes?). Then there would be money for a larger treatment center, more things to do in Ketchikan, assistance for those who need it (house painting, yardwork, etc.), a more diverse economic base with year ‘round employment; those are things WE NEED.
If you get tired of reading my letters, understand that if this issue is brought up again, I will show up at your meetings and I am loaded for bear!
Teri J. Wilson
Received April 26, 2015 - Published April 27, 2015
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