By Paul Hovik
May 26, 2005
Ref: Docket # CGD17-05
To Whom it May Concern,
I have lived in Ketchikan for the past twenty-six years, sixteen of those on Pennock Island, across from downtown. I am a federal employee an Air Traffic Control Specialist commuting each day, by skiff and by car, to the Ketchikan Flight Service Station, located at the airport. My family has maintained reserved moorage at Casey Moran Float (formerly City Float) for all of those sixteen years.
The proposed rule creating security zones around cruise ships is ridiculous in the extreme. It would create innumerable hardships, is physically unworkable, and would do nothing more than create a false sense of security. The idea should be scrapped.
We the People are not terrorists, and we resent being treated as such. The United States Coast Guard should be protecting our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not abrogating them in the name of security .
America is the land of the free and home of the brave, not a police state with its citizenry harassed and fearful that a trigger-happy twentysomething might slip with his automatic weapon.
We the People must not let knee-jerk reactions rule the day. If we do, the terrorists will have won, and we will have made a mockery of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending the freedoms we hold so dear.
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