by Don Hoff Jr.
July 03, 2004
It just amazes me how people are looking at this proposed bridge
project to Gravina Island via Pennock Island in Ketchikan, Alaska.
How one race of people can push aside another minority race
of people's thoughts, feelings, customs, human rights, inherent
rights, civil rights and God given rights. Treat us like we
are a vanished people.
It was discrimination at its best in the past and exists today.
I can give you plenty of examples of discrimination today; the
denial of Subsistence Rights (fishing, hunting, timber, digging
clams, gathering of herbs/roots and minerals ) to Native People,
the State of Alaska does not recognize Tribes nor Indian country
and employment opportunities. How do you think it makes us feel?
Yes, it makes me vocal on plenty of issues that effects my family
The imposition of State of Alaska and Federal regulatory subsistence
laws on a people where heretofore have never been denied or denied
anyone their inherent rights to provide for their families.
In a few basic words, that is called human rights. Human rights
do not exist if someone is a racist... Whom are the racist?
I never said you can't build a bridge from Ketchikan to Gravina
Island, just not through Pennock Island. Pennock Island is a
sacred grave sites of Tlingits, Haidas, Tsimshians and where
poor white people are buried. One of the options was to build
the proposed bridge from Wolff Point to the airport. Build a
underwater tunnel instead of a bridge, they are being used in
Virginia. Cheaper and would not impede ships or boats traffic
in the channel. All these suggestions fell on deaf ears.
You talk about economic development and Ketchikan s future growth.
Why then open up the north, south and east of Ketchikan for
economic development? You think you're going to drive on this
proposed bridge for free if it is constructed? No, there will
be a toll bridge. The citizens of Ketchikan and Borough residents
will be paying for maintenance costs by higher taxes.
Some of you read my opinions and get angry because I want to
protect our tribal burial grounds from being desecrated and robbed.
There are plenty of other opinions against the bridge to nowhere
besides mine. Yet, you single me out of the entire United States.
I love a good debate on issues that I am passionate about.
It is really "Pork Barrel" spending project that came
at the wrong time and the wrong place. We don't want to spend
$230 million dollars of my Federal tax dollars on bridge to "No-where"
when we have a war to pay for, roads to maintain, or send a man
Don Hoff Jr.
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Hixson, TN - USA
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