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Jewelry Stores
By Pattie Fay Hickox


May 22, 2007

I agree with the proposal to limit the number of jewelry stores downtown. What kind of impression does it leave the tourists about our town? We were never noted for our jewelry. What I remember promoting in Ketchikan is Native Arts, fish, logging and hospitality. Who is making the rules that govern the docks, and Front Street? And who collects the money? Why do we make our local helping facilities beg for money every year? Like the Senior Center, W.I.S.H., Youth Court, Big Brothers and Big Sisters. We lost our one transitional house for recovering people, because they always had to beg for money. Where is all this money going? To build more docks out in the channel that local business will have no access to. Has anyone thought about what we charge our local people, just to sell tours on the dock? And don't step out of your assigned 6 feet. Who makes these rules? Is it the people?

Anyone who criticizes our born and raised Ketchikan people for wanting our town to represent what our town is about should leave Ketchikan and do business somewhere else. We are the people that have supported this community before!!!!!!! The Big Business and Big Shots came to town to make their money and go south for retirement. Feather there own nests and leave the real people of Ketchikan with a mess that we did not build.

Let's think about what we are doing and who profits. What kind of legacy are we leaving the children born in Ketchikan? Will they want to stay here and contribute to this mess? Brag about being born in the First City. I think not.

Thank you,

Patti Fay Hickox
Ketchikan, AK

Received May 20, 2007 - Published May 22, 2007

About: "36 years in Alaska and Ketchikan"



Citizens' group asks, "What fate do we choose for our community?" - Citizens for Ketchikan's Future (CKF), a newly formed citizens' group, has submitted a voters' initiative to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Clerk's office to limit the density of stores exclusively selling jewelry within the City of Ketchikan. Upon approval by the Borough Clerk, the group will collect the required signatures of the 533 registered voters necessary to have the item placed on the regular October ballot. - More...
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