By Trene' Elliott
July 17, 2006
While picking up my daughter from the airport Saturday afternoon,
I found myself waiting for luggage with 8-10 men who appeared
to be coming to Ketchikan for a vacation. That's a pretty common
occurence in Ketchikan during the summer. One man made several
loud comments to his companions about their flight being delayed.
Every third or fourth word was "f---ing" I turned around
and asked him to please watch his mouth and reminded him of my
seven year old child standing right in front of him. This man
was so drunk he could not even focus on my face let alone see
the child in front of him. He was swaying back and forth while
standing still. One of his companions took him by the arm and
they moved off to a corner.
This same group of travelers got into the Airporter shuttle and
proceeded down to meet the ferry. My family saw them again while
waiting for the ferry to arrive. All the men on the Airporter
got off and started walking around by the ramp. It was a beautiful
day and I can't find fault with them enjoying the view. One man
who was in the middle of this group, stopped with his back to
those of us waiting under the covered area and started urinating
on the lawn.
Folks, I understand that Ketchikan is economically dependent
upon tourists and the money they bring to town. I know most visitors
to our town are decent people who just want to enjoy a taste
of Alaska. But Ketchikan isn't only a tourist trap, it's HOME
to most us. Sadly, now I fully understand why it only takes one
or two idiots to make the locals say "tourists" with
a tone of pure disgust.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "I've lived in
Ketchikan for 16 years and have worked for city and state government.
I've lived in and traveled to many places in the U.S. and am
proud to call Ketchikan home."
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