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As Ketchikan Turns, So does our Life
By Don Hoff Jr.



June 23, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska is one big soap opera. The same politicians that wanted the bridge to nowhere, now want the Gravina Island road to nowhere that will cost the American tax payers $25.7 million for a 3.2 mile road, for whom? Is Governor Palin taking over where Governor Murkowski left off? If I do my dividing right with my calculator, it will cost the tax payers 8.03125 per mile of road. It is an insane project!

Let's think about this for minute? Who is going to be driving or using this 3.2 mile of road, there are only 50 residents that live of Gravina Island and most of them don't live near this proposed 3.2 mile road. It stinks of timber industry and former Governor Murkowski's family owns 33 acres of gold mining claims. What a scam on the residents of Ketchikan, Alaska and the American people.

To the people that want to drive over bridges, there are thousands you can drive over in the lower 48 all day long if you want. My opinion is that Kiewit Pacific has a major conflict of interest in getting the contract. Governor Palin should cancel this Gravina Island road contract and I know Governor Palin is smart enough to figure out that the money will be better spent somewhere else, like repairs to Tongass Ave roads and sidewalks in Ketchikan, Alaska.

From stupid minds, comes stupid ideas. This is my opinion.

Don Hoff Jr.
Hixson, TN

Received June 22, 2007 - Published June 23, 2007

About: "Past City of Ketchikan City Vice Mayor and Councilman, Past Board of Director K.P.U., Past O.S.H.A. Board member/Chairman, State of Alaska, Past Councilman, Ketchikan Indian Community, Member of the Tongass Tribe indigenous to Ketchikan and surrounding lands. Plus an American Taxpayer that is broke."


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