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Remain open-minded
by Rick Grams


June 29, 2004

There are many people who maintain a "pro bridge" attitude. The possible benefits to the community are obvious to many people in Ketchikan. Just try to cross Tongass Avenue during this time of year. The streets are crowded with cars, people, and construction. With the bridge, the community will be able to expand, and grow from the confines of the sardine can we currently live in.

The news articles portraying our community in the news concerning the bridge are mostly media type fallacies. The population is at the 14,000 person level. The idea of where people live in the Borough or City boundaries is irrelevant - we all drive down Tongass Avenue at some point in our day.

Our borough-wide community of Ketchikan has just as much right to expand and grow as any other community in the country. No one complained during the 80's and 90's while West Virginia ranked #1 in receipt of the federal dollar!

Yes - Ketchikan needs to grow. We need more professional type jobs, we need more businesses that will compete globally, and we need that larger tax base of revenue. I want this more than anything for our home. As a father, I see my teenage kids looking out at the world and hoping to move away as soon as they are adults. Why? Like many other people their age (and all ages) - they want one thing - an OPPORTUNITY.

Local people have discussed this issue at length. A bridge to the airport will provide the needed ability to access Gravina island and complement the road currently being built between Ketchikan and Annette Island. (More)

I'll quote a highly respected friend - "Regarding facts, I'll remain open-minded and wait to read in depth the final Environmental Impact Statement the Gravina Access Project plans to release in July."

For the people that do not trust the government reports - remember it is everyone's government. The people elected in our government are working to represent all people. While our government is not perfect, it is the best in the world. I challenge you to find one better.

Rick Grams
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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