Clowns Should Join the Circus
by Robert D. Warner
August 10, 2004
After listening to local candidates for State Representative,
I believe that one of these candidates should consider joining
the circus rather than running for the Legislature.
Mr Shay has a long record of "tax and spend" on the
Borough Assembly in my opinion. His recent actions are
likely part of the reason taxes have increased at the local level and
the Borough trades valuable property at Ward Cove for a small
What will be next on his agenda: a state income tax, increased
sales taxes, and more public donations to special interest groups
at a heavy expense of taxpayers? Has he ever
considered that budget cuts are a better alternative to tax increases?
These positions seem to conflict with traditional values
of Alaska's GOP. Mr. Shay frequently claims to
advocate more jobs for the community, but does he realize
that his push for increased taxes will likely force more long
term residents to move away?
Representing Ketchikan in the Legislature is certainly no joke;
it is serious business.
Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK- USA
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