By Marie L Monyak
June 30, 2005
What would the world be like if
everyone refused to accept responsibility for their behavior
and actions? Like the woman from McDonalds that spilled coffee
and burned her lap? Or like Ms. Linda Burger who claims to be
a world traveler yet arrives in our town without a dime and tries
to find someone to blame for her predicament. Ms Burger, you
came to a RAINFOREST (get it? RAIN forest) and complain about
getting soaked. Was someone also supposed to tell you ahead of
time that it rains alot in Ketchikan? Whom do you blame for that?
I must admit though, I'm curious how you could have gotten "soaked"
anyhow. The bagage carousel is indoors. The short jaunt across
the street to the stairs is the only open area. Then down the
stairs to the fee collection booth which is also covered (and
by the way it is NOT all the way down to the ferry but rather
at the top of the ramp). I would imagine that many large airports
offer free shuttles, but those same airports most likely serve
millions and millions of people yearly and take in a bit more
money than our tiny airport so they can probly afford it. Perhaps
you would be happier living near LAX or O'Hare or Heathrow?
My memory escapes me at the
moment because I cannot remember the name of the nice man that
operated the Water Taxi but what he did to help was commendable
and also "very Ketchikan like". People helping others
and looking out for each other is what makes our town so unique,
just like having to take a ferry from the airport makes our town
special and different.
Ms. Burger, perspective is
everything. Your letter COULD have read: "Wow, just arrived
in Ketchikan. Didn't have time beforehand to find out about the
place but learned real fast that it was a rainforest. I was walking
around outside and got soaked in two minutes flat. The local
people don't seem bothered by it, they just stroll along. I've
never seen rain like that, how incredible, it sure smelled clean
though! Then when I realized that I had to take a ferry to get
to town and didn't have the fare a very nice man offered me a
free ride. The boat ride was pretty interesting too, I got to
see all the city lights across the channel. Can't wait to tell
my family what an adventure I had and how friendly and nice the
people are." Like I said Ms Burger, perspective is everything.
If adults do not start taking
more responsibility for their actions, how can we ever expect
our children to?
Marie L Monyak
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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