FRIEND OR FOE TO JEWELERS
By Charles Edwardson
July 11, 2007
I have been reading some editorials about "taking our town
back" - from what?? I was wondering. Economic depression
and a ghost town in the making. I read further on and find out
we must take back our town from the evil jewelry empire. Run
by Darth Tourism.
This initiative is being fueled largely by another industry leader
in town that ironically benefits probably the most out of this
REALTORS, who have quietly exploited this invisible invasion
of our town to the fullest extent allowed by law. The realtors
sell the shops, rent the condos, and sell the duplexes, eight
plexes, & townhouses to the "evildoers that are called
jewelers" and do it with a grateful smile on their faces.
And even bring gifts to their satisfied and grateful clients.
All the while some realtors are trying to get rid of one the
real estate industries biggest clientele. This in any culture
would be viewed as confusing and somewhat ironic in nature. Other
words and phrases come to mind but the irony cannot be lost on
all who are witnessing this contradictory position. Get what
we can out of them and than get rid of them. Not a very sound
business plan in my opinion.
And regulating private industry
may or may not work in Juneau -- but we are not Juneau. We have
far less to fall back on as an economic base. And tourism is
just a supplement to Juneau's somewhat more stable economy than
our little town.
At the very least this initiative
looks like a poorly thought out initiative that would negatively
affect more people than it would help. So special interest also
comes to mind. Special interest groups usually do not represent
the majority but do usually have a larger voting base. Another
irony that is difficult to understand. So the only option is
for people to get involved and not just murmur and complain but
voice their opinion. For or against any issue. That like "FREE
TRADE AND FREE ENTERPRISE IS A GIVEN RIGHT TO US ALL" in
I submit it is not all realtors
but a few very outspoken ones who are (well respected and looked
upon as leaders in this industry) leading this unreasonable initiative
And to answer some common questions asked by tourists... yes,
we are part of the U.S.A and we do take American money, and we
are not "above" sea level we are at sea level. Contact
the visitor's bureau for more answers to these commonly asked
questions. And the economic numbers this industry provides us
Received July 10, 2007 - Published July 11, 2007
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