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So Sue Me
by Don Hoff Jr.


June 11, 2004

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is looking into possible legal action against environmental groups that want to block a veneer plant from re-opening at Ward Cove, Alaska. The Borough Manager Roy Eckert said the borough needs to become active if it wants to see the mill re-opened. Whom is in charge? Taking orders from hired hands? This is a waste of time and tax payers' money for attorneys to look for a possible law suit.

The Borough Assembly has no business interfering with freedom of speech of any groups or individuals that have views that differ from your own, especially if you're an elected official. How about my opinion of you and your idea of re-opening of the veneer mill or the desecration bridge to Pennock Island? It is a bad idea to re-open the veneer mill. If I were the owner/operator of Timber Products Co. of Springfield, Oregon or Forest Products of Washington State, I would be smart not to operate in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Ward Cove is so polluted after all the years that the Pulp Mill caused. Fish are floating belly up just swimming in the area. I don't understand how the Alaska Dept. Environmental Conservation even allowed or even considered a permit for log storage in Ward Cove. I will bet that Governor Frank Murkowski had something to say or influenced the decision to allow the permit for log storage at Ward Cove. America does not want any more trees cut in the Tongass National Forest.

If you're looking for a logging job, veneer job, saw mill job for exploiting our natural resources, maybe you should consider moving somewhere else and eventually you will at the end. What will be left in Ketchikan? There will be a small Indian village. This is my own opinion, so sue me.

Don Hoff Jr.
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audioListen to this story... The Ketchikan Gateway Borough is considering filing suit against environmental groups seeking to halt efforts by the Borough to reopen its veneer mill in Ward Cove. In recent years, conservation groups have initiated national telephone and letter writing campaigns to pressure companies to pull out of negotiations with the Borough to purchase or lease the mill. Deanna Garrison has this report.
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