By Laine Chanteloup
July 30, 2007
Their signs call for a public
process for Gravina access. The traffic slows down. Drivers want
to read the signs. Some jewelry store employees show up. These
people are in front of their shop. What are they claiming? They
read the sign too. What is Gravina? is their main question.
The employees come from New York. It is time for the people standing
outside to explain what's going on. Time to speak and inform
people that the Borough would like to decide on a bridge with
or without public comment. Finally, to convince the New York
inhabitants, one of the sign-bearers explained: "Gravina
is our Central Park, we need to protect it".
Outside, the vocal citizens begin to sing. "This land is my land, this land is our land. From Bostwick Inlet to Vallenar Bay. Gravina is made for you and me". Some bystander cast a glance. They read the sign: "Call the borough". Call the borough for what? Oh! To have a voice on Gravina Access. But the project is cancelled due to the lack of money? Isn't it? What? A new bridge project?
In this world where information is everywhere, it is more and more difficult to be informed. We are groggy by the over information and we think that we know everything. Nevertheless, we need constantly to stay in touch.
Along Grant Street a musician
In the street, the state trooper cars pass around for the 4th time in front of the group of citizens. They are still singing. They moved a little bit, because some cars parked just in front of them, hiding their signs. A jewelry store owner got out of her shop, and she is furious. The concerned citizens are in front of her store. They move again, still singing.
A car with two girls stop, they ask the singers and sign holders for directions. They are searching for the musician.
In front of the Masonic Temple,
a sound begins. It's a melody.
To eliminate or curtail subsistence access to the native communities? Native people are already dominated. Why not increase this situation?
Some Gravina inhabitants live on Gravina for its wild areas, without roads, with bears and deer in the muskeg. They can go away and sell their place for million $ contract. Why not?
Some Gravina inhabitants have
a specific link with this island. It is their home, it is the
place where they grew up. It is the love of their life. This
undeveloped island talks to them: it's the kind of connection
that human words can not explain, but which exists anyway. But,
these inhabitants made a mistake, because this island will be
developed to please the Murkowski family, Don Young, and those
who rant and rave on Sitnews because they own developable lots
Nevertheless the borough sounds not the least bit interested to know what Ketchikan and Gravina inhabitants think about the new bridge planned.
Outside, the vocal group of
citizens recognized the two girls: they smile. They finally found
the musician. A saxophonist plays with the echo of the cover
parking lot on Grant Street. The music is in the air. The people
stop at the entrance of the garage and enjoyed the peaceful moment
brought by the melody. Thanks to the music everything is not
Received July 27, 2007 - Published July 30, 2007
About: I'm studying political
science. I would like to be an involved citizen, because nothing
changes without interest in anything. I have great respect for
environmentalist, because their battle is pure and ethical. They
fight for the public interest and not their personal and selfish
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