By Dave Person
May 04, 2008
Mr. Scott Willis made some very serious accusations recently
concerning Ketchikan City senior management and the telecommunications
division. I for one am very interested to know his source for
that information. Please inform us Mr. Willis how you "know"
certain managers near retirement are going to sell out the city,
and take the money and run. Please tell us who these managers
are and who informed you of their actions. Please tell us exactly
what money is involved and how these senior managers plan to
run with it. Before anyone should accept your comments, they
should demand verification rather than believe another unfounded
"Ketchikan" urban myth. I can understand your concern
as a union employee about Ketchikan selling the phone company
because any buyers likely would not hire union help. They cannot
afford to and remain competitive with GCI, ACS, or AT&T.
I am sure you are concerned that your job will disappear, which
is probably why you wrote the letter to SitNews.
Mr. Willis stated that the telecommunication division is profitable
and subsidizes the electric and water divisions. That is entirely
true and is in fact largely due to the senior management Mr.
Willis has disparaged and potentially slandered. However, that
profit declined substantially last year because of competition.
I urge readers to visit the following website address: ftp://www.
The document displayed explains a great deal concerning KPU telecommunications
and the effects of union activities. The situation appears
to be that the City of Ketchikan is unable to keep up with the
technological and financial demands that will keep KPU telecommunications
profitable in the future. The City Council is trying to make
a good decision despite being hounded with misinformation from
an unemployed charlatan masquerading as a "telecommunications
expert". Competing companies such as GCI and AT&T will
eventually overwhelm us turning our "Golden Goose"
into a dead turkey that hangs around our neck. We are facing
the same difficult decision that confronted Anchorage and Fairbanks
concerning their publicly owned telephone companies. They failed
to sell their utilities soon enough to secure good prices. We
either sell the division now at some profit, sell later at much
less profit, or hold on to an eventual money loser. The citizens
of the City of Ketchikan simply cannot afford supporting another
loser even if it means we no longer subsidize Mr. Willis and
his union job.
Received April 30, 2008 - Published
May 04, 2008
KPU SALE AND LIQUIDATION By Scott Willis
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