By Mellanie Isner
June 06, 2007
However, I want to set the record straight on two important points in your letter. The Alaska Bar building was NOT a tear down. You and Mr. Jitani gave it a beautiful face-lift and now the 'ole gal' will go on for many more years.
I also object to your accusation of exploiting the market by overinflating the selling price. One local business person did make me an offer for the building that was less than my purchase price years prior. Not a single offer was made that included the liquor licenses. When word got around town that I was interested in selling I was amazed at the activity that followed. I just sat back and let the 'jewelers' out bid one another.
Historically, Ketchikan has for years 'wished' for fewer bars, well on Front Street alone there are now 3 fewer bars -- who by the way were always open year round and paid plenty of taxes.
I was born here and want what's best for the town and its citizens: bars or jewelry stores? Too many of either is not a good thing.
Received June 04, 2007 - Published June 06, 2007
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