Re: Pro Bridge
by Rick Grams II
May 20, 2004
There are many people who maintain a "pro bridge" attitude.
The possible benefits to the community are obvious. Just try
to cross Tongass Avenue during this time of year. The streets
are crowded with cars, people, and construction. With the bridge,
the community will be able to expand, and grow from the confines
of the sardine can we currently live in.
I was disturbed at the inaccurate portrayal of our community
in the New York newspaper concerning the cost of the bridge.
Our community of Ketchikan has just as much right to expand
and grow as any other community in the country. No one complained
during the 80's and 90's while West Virginia ranked #1 in receipt
of the federal dollar!
Yes - Ketchikan needs to grow. We need more professional type
jobs, we need more businesses that will compete globally, and
we need that larger tax base of revenue. I want this more than
anything for our home. As a father, I see my teenage kids looking
out at the world and hoping to move away as soon as they are
adults. Why? Like many other people their age (and all ages)
- they want one thing - an OPPORTUNITY.
Rick Grams II
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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