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Let Everyone Vote
By Penny Hamlin Connelly


June 17, 2010
Thursday PM

Dear Ketchikan Community,

I have been a townie pretty much my whole life, taking for granted being able to vote on all issues concerning the city and the borough. Imagine my surprise when I moved out North a few years ago, went to vote, and discovered part of my election ballot was missing. I went into total Ketchikan Culture Shock. "What do you mean I don't get to vote on city issues?" Took me awhile to get over it, but I did.

I have been following the library location situation closely. My family and I frequent the library often, sometimes as much as three times a week. We are library people.

According to various sources, it looks as if the location of the new library may be voted on.

In 2009, $325.64 of my property taxes went to the non-areawide monies, which in turn were given to the library.

Our library is a community library. If this location issue really does come to a vote, the entire community of Ketchikan should be able to participate, not just the voters that live in the city limits.


Penny Hamlin Connelly
Ketchikan, AK

Received June 17, 2010 - Published June 17, 2010



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