The Bridge to Gravina
By Joe Branco
June 03, 2005
What can we say? It is a complicated issue easily argued from
simplistic vantage points both for and against the project.
Alaska is a young state in our great country. The bridge is
certainly a ridiculous expense to a bigoted curmudgeon in Tennessee.
However, since joining the Union in 1796, Tennessee has cost
the United States substantial amounts in transportation construction
projects that, at the time, seemed unnecessary to folks in New
York and Philadelphia. The truth is, it is Alaska s turn to
grow and develop. Transportation development is a natural and
necessary part of this maturing and growing. After years of
neglect from our federal government, Alaska is starting to receive
some return on federal taxes paid for half a century. Transportation
planning must look to the future, not the present. While I personally
would rather have a road of this rock to the mainland, rather
than to another rock, I see the potential value to the community
and to the state this new construction presents.
We all have our favorite concept
of our hometown and nostalgic routines that help us define our
daily existence. However, growth, expansion, and change are
a part of life in America, and generally a welcome element of
a thriving economy. This bridge is a natural step in our community
s progression. While, clearly some other projects would have
made more sense first, this construction would have been necessary
regardless. So let s welcome our growth with open arms and remind
the other states in our union that Alaska has not been given
the occasion to build a legitimate transportation system until
this point. Alaska is still a baby in our country a 50 lb
newborn suffering from a mild case of neglect and disdain from
our family down south.
If the lower 48 think Alaska
is such a waste of resources, perhaps we could take our oil,
our lumber, our fish, and our independent citizens and secede!
That is my opinion. And by
the way I actually live in Ketchikan! I guarantee Don Hoff's
master argument will be that I am a racist. So be prepared everyone!
Erin go bragh
Mama mia ciaio
Taks ga da
Of the Branco familia from Italy
And the Sorlien horde in Norway
And the Fadigan brood of Ireland
And the Scottish clan of Dunne
11th generation decendant of Torvald the Viking
15th generation decendant of Luigi the baker of Napoli
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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