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Bridge to somewhere?
By Allan Cline


July 26, 2007
Thursday PM

This letter is in response to what Terri Wenger said. I think you completely misread what Don Hoff Jr. is saying in his view point. You make it sound as if he was saying that Ketchikan is Nowhere and the people are nobody. I think you need to reread what the actual message is.

I too currently live out of state. I was born and raised in Ketchikan and chose not to return after I left for college. I still have lots of friends and family that currently reside there. So I too have a vested interest with what goes on there. Hence, me keeping up on current events in Ketchikan via sitnews. The tax payer dollars that will be spent on the bridges and road are not just from the citizens of Ketchikan Mr. Wenger, the dollars are from the citizens of the United States of America. So in fact, it is a concern of those people out of state. Believe it or not, the first time I have ever heard of this pork barrel idea I was in my philosophy class in San Diego, CA. It was the topic of discussion. So it's not just Mr. Hoff trying to saying he knows what is best for Ketchikan.

I agree that this bridge is money wasted. The bridge will be a new and exciting addition to Ketchikan. But at what cost? What ever happened to taking skiffs to access the other islands? Isn't that the mystique and ruggedness that Alaska is known for? The only logical bridge I think would be one on the back side of the island connecting to the main land so people can drive in and out of there. I am sure the cost would be tremendous, But it would serve a greater good to people as a whole vs. a few.

Allan Cline
St. George, UT

About: Born and raised in Ketchikan.

Received July 25, 2007 - Published July 26, 2007

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