by Archie Inoncillo
June 30, 2004
You know, I don't know if I really would care for a bridge to
the other islands. I thought it would be a good idea at first
but then thought of how much work would be put into that. The
key word for me was-- Work. I realize this bridge plan, if in
effect, will take several years, possibly a decade. With the
rate that our middle school is being remodeled, I'd say a nice
decade. Like I said before, Work on one project at a time.
What we need to care for most is the youth of this city.
I understand the bridge would create jobs, open a world of economy
on the other side. But I don't want to have to pay for it in
my lifetime when I probably won't be able to enjoy it, and I
know I probably won't because I might as well be elsewhere.
Instead of having to pay for a bridge I might never be able to
drive on in my young life, I could be down south living it up
driving on the highways that are already there.
Ketchikan was not built for bridging that gap between islands.
I know they have that bridge between Juneau and Douglas and
between Edgecumbe and Sitka, but we're talking about a significant
distance between our islands down here. Also yes, the young
adults who are still in the process of growing up will have to
be paying for this bridge in taxes and all that. Personally,
I'd spend that tax money on better roads on the island, the schools,
and yes safer buildings, including our pool. and maybe changing
the roofing on Kayhi (Ketchikan High School). That roof wasn't
meant for Alaska either. Flat roofs in a rainy and snowy area
of the world = Leaks.
That bridge, though seeming like a really good idea, turns out
to not be too much of one. It does create jobs for people who
have none or are looking for one in that sort of construction
field. It already would be costing us millions of dollars which
could be going for more beneficial use.
What about after the bridge
is done? The cost of maintenance is surely going to be great.
Keeping it weather-proof and all. And where are we getting
the money for that maintenance? Higher taxes or just pay a regular
toll for driving on the bridge? What about those who would choose
to walk across the bridge. Will we have to pay to walk across?
I think the people who support the bridge are thinking "it
will be good for the future of this town and its economy".
Well, let me ask this. What about the future of the town and
economy right now? What about us? What have you done for us
lately? I know that sounds like a very whiney and selfish little
bit, but what is it the city has done for the people who will
be running this city in a matter of decades or so?
I'm very grateful for Ketchikan, but sometimes we aren't benefiting
the right people. Anyway that's what I feel about that one so
far. If anyone can sway my opinion in any way please do so.
I am kind of iffy on this whole bridge thing because right now
I'm worrying about how I'm going to pay for school.
Anyway, thanks for your time.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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