By Charles Edwardson
May 31, 2007
The money that I pay each of
these individuals affects this community as well. I hire all
locals, subcontractors and their employees are all local, and
the materials I get from, KETCHIKAN READY MIX, MADISON LUMBER,WESTSIDE
CHEVRON, NAPA, FIRST CITY ELECTRIC,TALBOTS, KETCHIKAN WELDING,
TYLER RENTAL,TIMBER AND MARINE, SCHMOLCK MECHANICAL, KETCHIKAN
MECHANICAL, DIG IT CONSTRUCTION, WAL-MART, CHANNEL ELECTRIC,
TONGASS DOCK STORE, AND NOT TO FORGET MY FAVORITE THE "
PIONEER CAFE" where I bring many of my crew and subcontractors
to in an effort to butter them up with a country breakfast to
push a little harder to meet a deadline. If that does not work
then STEAMERS OR ANNABELLES seems to work, a steak and a cold
beer sometimes has a better affect on the more experienced crew.
This is to name just a few businesses that enjoy the trickle
down affect from just one guy with a small contracting company.
How many of your kids (Ketchikan citizens) work in a tourist
related industry?? I see many, many kids downtown after school,
including three of my daughters, two who work side by side in
the Mining Company and go over to get coffee from their sister
at the Salmon Landing. I think that is cool.
By the way, many fisherman and loggers I worked with that helped build this community only were here for the season, and I know many (LOCALS) WHO SPEND MORE TIME IN PALM SPRINGS AND MAUI THAN THEY DO IN KETCHIKAN. I INTEND TO DO THE SAME WHEN I HAVE EARNED THAT RIGHT. LIKE THE LAND OWNERS WHO I KNOW WHO SPEND MOSTLY THE SPRING AND SUMMER HERE AND LEAVE WHEN IT GETS DARK AND COLD. I will be as seasonal as the guys we want to persecute. Will I be next when I become a SNOWBIRD after I have made a life here for me and my family?
About: "Lifelong Ketchikan resident, former commercial fisherman, laborer, truckdriver, canneryworker, pulpmill worker."
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